Dr. Igor Lipinski made his American orchestra debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s Performance Today. As a soloist, Dr. Lipinski made numerous appearances with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, and Paderewski Symphony Orchestra at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Among many of his appearances in Chicago, Lipinski gave a live broadcast recital at the city’s premiere classical music station 98.7 WFMT and he was a featured pianist in “33 Variations,” a theatre play based on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations produced by the Timeline Theatre Company. He maintains an active concert career in the U.S. with over 100 performances to date including recitals in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida.
Originally from Poland, Lipinski received the Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Kasna Dolna, Poland at age twelve. At seventeen, he came to the U.S. to play a featured role of a young pianist in Kazimierz Braun’s “Paderewski’s Children,” a theater play based on the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He graduated from the Paderewski High School in Tarnow, Poland where he studied piano with Jaroslaw Iwaneczko.
Lipinski earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Musical Arts (BM 09’) and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature (MM 11′) from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester where he studied piano under the tutelage of Douglas Humpherys. As a teaching assistant of Vincent Lenti and Tony Caramia, he received Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Lipinski continued his graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music earning his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance (DMA 15′) under the tutelage of Alan Chow.
Inspired by the performance practice of the past, Lipinski investigated the historical traditions of a piano recital in his doctoral dissertation: “From Liszt to Victor Borge: A Legacy of Unique Piano Performances.” During his undergraduate years at Eastman, he was accepted into an honors program called “Musical Arts Major,” where he worked for two years on developing a unique concert program that combined piano recital with his lifetime interest in magic performance. After an unusual collaboration with the legendary magician Teller from the Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller, Lipinski won the WQXR’s Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway. Upon the success of the competition, he premiered an original program of “Piano Illusions,” a concert of music and magic, which he continues to perform at recital halls, symphony orchestras, and as encores during his classical recitals. 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.” Lipinski’s recent engagements include a summer concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 at Artpark’s Mainstage Theater in Lewiston, NY. The upcoming concert season includes guest artist recitals in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong.
Lipinski is a member of the piano faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the Fall of 2017, Lipinski will be joining the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma as the Assistant Professor of Piano.