About the Artist
The recently appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Igor Lipinski made his American orchestra debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s Performance Today, and performed as a soloist 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. 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.
Lipinski earned his BM in Piano Performance and Musical Arts and MM in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Douglas Humpherys. He completed his DMA in Piano Performance at Northwestern University in the studio 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, working 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.
Prior to joining the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Lipinski was a member of the piano faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.