Pittsburgh Symphony cellist, Michael Lipman, is recognized for his versatility as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. He has received critically acclaimed reviews for his performances with the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project and for his Pittsburgh recital debut as winner of the Y Music Society's Passamaneck award. As a soloist Mr. Lipman has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities and at California University of Pennsylvania.
After early studies in piano Lipman, who is a Connecticut native, began cello studies at age 13 and joined his junior high school orchestra that same year. He progressed through the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and was a soloist and member of the Greater Hartford Youth Orchestra. He received scholarships to the Hartt College of Music where he studied with Paul Olefsky. He then went to study with Ronald Leonard and Paul Katz at the Eastman School of Music where he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees.
Mr. Lipman is an alumnus of Alexander Schneider's New York String Orchestra. He also took part in the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar where he coached with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets, Mischa Schneider and Josef Gingold.. Additionally Lipman studied with Leonard Rose at the Blossom Music Festival and took master classes with Andre Navarra in Siena, Italy. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and while there won the Concerto Competition and was appointed Principal cellist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony.
Before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Lipman was the associate principal cellist of the New Haven Symphony and participated in the Grand Teton Festival. While touring with the Pittsburgh Symphony he presented special chamber concerts in Moscow and Beijing. Currently he performs with the Dalihapa Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project. His discography includes a recent release of the chamber music of Ezra Laderman with the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project.
Michael Lipman is married to Shirli Nikolsburg, a piano teacher and child development specialist. Lipman plays a cello by Tommaso Balestrieri made in Mantua, Italy in 1760. Off stage Lipman is an avid golfer and enjoys running and meteorology.