"Piano Illusions" is a unique recital program featuring pianist Igor Lipinski unifying two of his passions: classical music and sleight-of-hand magic.
Lipinski enrolled in an honors program during his studies at the Eastman School of Music called Musical Arts Major. While working towards his honors thesis, he studied with a theater director on developing a program of music and magic for his senior project. Harold Weller, Founder of Las Vegas Philharmonic, took interest in Lipinski’s project and shared a video recording of his senior performance with Teller of Penn & Teller.
After an inspiring collaboration with Teller in Las Vegas, Lipinski won the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway, a national competition adjudicated by a panel of distinguished classical music judges including Metropolitan Opera’s Deborah Voigt and P.D.Q. Bach’s Peter Schickele.
In light of his success in New York, Lipinski presented “Piano Illusions” at renowned concert series, festivals, universities, symphony orchestras, and as encores during his classical recitals, including Musica del Cuore Concert Series in Hong Kong, Gina Bachauer Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, SD, Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CA, Music on Mondays Concert Series in New York, NY, University of South Florida Steinway Concert Series in Tampa, FL, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Rochester, NY, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra in Brainerd, MN, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in Hyannis, MA.
Upon graduation from Eastman, Lipinski earned his DMA in Piano Performance at Northwestern University where he continued his research on the history of recital programming in his doctoral dissertation: “From Liszt to Victor Borge: A Legacy of Unique Piano Performances.”