Igor Lipinski made his American orchestra debut performing Paderewski Piano Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The National Public Radio broadcasted the concert on “Performance Today”. As a soloist, Lipinski performed with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Butler Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with such renowned conductors as Michael Butterman, Matthew Kraemer and Jung-Ho Pak.
Lipinski maintains an active concert career in United States including recitals in New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. He recently appeared with recitals at Steinway Concert Series at University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College Concert Series in Florida, Paso Robles Paderewski Festival in California, Polish Hall in Portland, Oregon, Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Summer Concert Hall at the Paderewski’s Manor House in Poland, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University as a recipient of the prestigious Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship. In 2012, he made his Chicago theatrical debut as a featured pianist in TimeLine Theatre Company’s “33 Variations” – a theatre play based on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.
Originally from Poland, Lipinski received the Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Kasna Dolna, Poland at the age of 12. In 2005, he graduated from the Paderewski High School in Tarnow, Poland in the piano class of Prof. Jaroslaw Iwaneczko. Lipinski first visited the United States in 2004 at the invitation of Dr. Kazimierz Braun, Professor of Theatre at the University at Buffalo, where he played a featured role of a young pianist in a world premiere of “Paderewski’s Children”, a theatre play based on the life of the piano virtuoso and the prime minister of Poland Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
Lipinski earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance, Literature and Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester where he studied piano under the tutelage of Prof. Douglas Humpherys. As a teaching assistant of Prof. Vincent Lenti and Prof. Tony Caramia, he received Eastman’s TA Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Since Fall of 2012, Lipinski works as a Teaching Assistant while pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Northwestern University with Prof. Alan Chow.
Along with completing his piano performance degree at the Eastman School of Music, Lipinski enrolled in an innovative, one-of-a-kind honors program: Musical Arts Major. Together with the faculty committee, Lipinski crafted an interdisciplinary curriculum that culminated in a unique senior project: incorporating his lifetime interest in magic performance to the classical music concert. Lipinski participated in a series of independent studies with a theatre director, researched performance techniques of the 19th century artists, conceived the script for the 75-minute concert and premiered the show to the sold-out house. The MUA committee awarded Lipinski’s performance the Musical Arts Major with Excellence. Harold Weller, Conductor Laureate and Founding Director of Las Vegas Philharmonic, forwarded the DVD of Lipinski’s performance to Teller of the Las Vegas magicians duo Penn & Teller. Teller invited Lipinski to Las Vegas where they created a piece that won the 2011 WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway. The contest’s four celebrity judges: Peter Schickele of PDQ Bach, Metropolitan Opera star Deborah Voigt, HBO comedian Robert Klein and the chairman of IMG Artists’ Charles Hamlen selected Lipinski’s performance that was later featured on PBS’ Channel Thirteen.
Inspired by 1839 Monologues Pianistiques, Franz Liszt’s first piano recitals, Lipinski announces his repertoire from the stage, actively involves the audience in the discussion about his musical selections and often features a surprising element of innovative & interactive illusions. Teller calls him an original: “He thrills you on the piano. He mystifies you with magical illusions. And he keeps you laughing with his impudent, charismatic charm.” The reviewer from Buffalo News highlights Lipinski’s unique approach to the concert stage: “As a pianist on the cusp of his career, Lipinski holds a special card in his hand. His performances are magical. Literally.”
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