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|Born in 1977 in Israel to a family of immigrants from Moscow, Lipkind enjoyed a stellar rise to fame in his early years and appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony, working alongside outstanding musicians such as Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer. |
In spite of his fulminant success as a young cellist, Lipkind decided aged 23 to take a sabbatical and focus wholly on the innermost aspects of his musicianship.
Concluding three years of his active retreat he returned to concert stage, concurrently releasing two contrasting albums: Miniatures and Folklore, featuring his own arrangements and Single Voice Polyphony, showcasing Bach’s Cello Suites.
Nowadays, Lipkind is often referred to by the press as “The Cello Maverick”, an “Ausnahmecellist” (meaning ‘exception[al]-cellist’ in German), and an “Iconoclastic Thinker”. His touring with outstanding orchestras and conductors – most recently worth noting Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev, Brussels Philharmonic under Anthony Wit and Michel Tabachnik, and Tokyo Metropolitan under Eliyahu Inbal – remains a mere part of a rich spectrum of activities: “[...] played from memory with the unbridled panache of a rock artist” (Irish Times), his solo recitals carry the impact of dramatic musical confessions; “these painfully truthful, dynamic, intimate performances force listeners to hand-over the control over their body and mind” (Single Voice Polyphony Review). Lipkind’s loyal musical friends join him on Cello Concertante tours performing whole programs of concertos for cello and strings or collaborate on programs dedicated to a specific composer – most recently ‘Lipkind plays Schubert’.
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