IGOR LIPINSKI, piano
Originally from Poland, Igor Lipinski received the Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Kasna Dolna, Poland at the age of 12. His first visit to the United States in 2004 was at the invitation of Dr. Kazimierz Braun, Professor of Theatre at the University of Buffalo, to play the role of a young pianist in the world premiere of “Paderewski’s Children.” The play was based on the life of the piano virtuoso and Prime Minister of Poland, Ignace Jan Paderewski.
Lipinski then became a student at the Eastman School of Music where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. During this time he received an invitation to make his American debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Paderewski Piano Concerto under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The performance was broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today series. As a soloist, Mr. Lipinski has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, in a second appearance in Buffalo, and on New Year’ s Day with the Cape Cod Symphony in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was featured on 98.7 WFMT radio in a live performance of works by Chopin and Paderewski.
While at Eastman, Igor Lipinski was enrolled in a one-of-a-kind honors program as a Musical Arts Major. This program involved an interdisciplinary curriculum which featured a series of independent studies with a theatre director and research of performance techniques of 19th century artists. As a result of a unique collaboration with Teller, the magician of the Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller, Lipinski won the 2011 WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway. The esteemed jurors responsible for this decision included Metropolitan Opera star Debera Voigt, Peter Schickele of PDQ Bach, HBO comedian Robert Klein and Charles Hamlen of IMG Artsts. The performance was broadcast on PBS Channel Thirteen.
Currently Igor Lipinski is a Ph. D. candidate at Northwestern University.