Igor Lipinski plays Paderewski Piano Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta at Kleinhans Hall, Buffalo, NY, May of 2008. Recording from NPR’s Performance Today.
Igor Lipinski produced and performed a two-week run at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. Tony Caramia, Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music was present at one of Lipinski’s performances and wrote this kind and enthusiastic review:
I want to tell you all just how impressive his show is, in so many ways. His playing, of course, is just so effortless, effective, evocative, sensitive, virtuosic, and technically brilliant. He somehow manages to make GEVA clunker of a grand sound lyrical and lush, with colors that most pianists don’t possess on a decent instrument. It must be part of his magic!
His talk to the audience in between “tricks” and piano pieces flows so effortlessly. The use of language is personal, direct, and captivating; with well-chosen images, as well as directives to the audience to imagine and follow his journey; he creates an event of joy, discovery, and, yes, magic.
And there is the magic itself: creative, mesmerizing, thrilling, and yet never simplistic or intimidating. Needless to say, the tricks generate a “How’d he do that?!” and that’s part of the fun. But what I loved even more was the interaction between music and magic. For all of us at Eastman, music is magical, in spite of our endeavors to study its history, theory, etc. But fundamentally, music is magic in sound and silence, and Igor’s show highlights that definition perfectly.
I hope each and every one of you can experience this unique and personal offering: Igor deserves such an audience, and you deserve to witness this amazing exhibition of talent, creativity and inspiration.
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. The senior performance took place at Eastman’s recording studios on Wednesday, April 29, 2009.