WildKat US welcomes violist Matthew Lipman!

Tuesday 6th July 2021

WildKat US is thrilled to welcome violist Matthew Lipman, a leading light in the new brigade of exciting American concert artists, to its roster.

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This summer Matthew is set to make his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut as part of a busy schedule in the US and internationally.  He’ll perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante at the Ravinia Festival alongside fellow rising star Stella Chen. The pair will also perform the piece together with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the prestigious Rheingau Festival.

“Mr Lipman demonstrated a rich tone and elegant phrasing in the slow opening movement, with its elegiac, wandering melodies, and a fleet-fingered technique in the vivacious second movement.” The New York Times

Other confirmed globetrotting engagements, as soloist and chamber musician, for the second half of 2021 include tours to Dresden’s Moritzburg Festival, and throughout the US and Asia as a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The performances follow debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, and Wigmore Hall, and recitals at Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, and as a featured performer at Michael Tilson Thomas’s Viola Visions Festival of the New World Symphony in Miami.

“Splendid technique and musical sensitivity… a warm, burnished singing tone… mark well Matthew Lipman’s name: you’ll be hearing a lot more of him in the years to come.” The Chicago Tribune

Not yet 30, Matthew’s chamber music partners have already included such luminaries as Tabea Zimmermann, Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, Sir András Schiff, and Jeremy Denk, and he has worked with leading conductors including Edward Gardner, the late Sir Neville Marriner, Osmo Vänskä, and Nicholas McGegan.

Matthew’s slew of accolades include the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Kovner Fellowship.

He is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Award and has notched up major prize wins in the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg Competitions. He holds the Susan and Ken Wallach Endowed Chair at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and was recently appointed as a member of the Honorary Committee at the Music Institute of Chicago, and as the American Viola Society Artist-in-Residence.

“Throughout the recital Lipman’s playing is warm-toned and expressive, as well as agile and focused.” Gramophone Magazine

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In 2019, Matthew released his acclaimed debut solo album, Ascent, on Cedille Records, featuring the first ever recording of a newly discovered work by Shostakovich, as well as Clarice Assad’s Metamorfose, a commentary on grief and acceptance commissioned by Lipman in memory of his late mother.

He currently performs on an extremely rare viola by Matteo Goffriller, 1700, on generous loan from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.

WildKat will be working with Matthew on PR at this exciting time, as the world of live performance is, we hope, well on the return path to pre-pandemic conditions.

Welcome Matthew!