Masterclass with Gavriel Lipkind
Wednesday 8 March 2017
Recital Hall West
Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed period Cellist, Gavriel Lipkind. You are invited to witness him working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.
“Gavriel Lipkind, an intriguing and dynamic musician on stage, is also a person of great creativity and thought, intellectual involvement and kindness […]” (Anna von Bülow, in a Portrait review of The Solitude Cycle project).
Born in 1977 in Israel to a family of immigrants from Moscow, Lipkind enjoyed a stellar early 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. Having graduated from three major academies on three continents and having won more than a dozen top prizes in major competitions, Lipkind found himself at the pinnacle of his youthful achievements.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote of him: “A new star ascends the cello sky […] The young Israeli cellist is one of the major musicians to have entered the music scene in recent years.“ (Ellen Kohlhaas 1997)
In spite of his fulminant success as a young cellist, Lipkind decided aged 23 to take a sabbatical to focus wholly on the innermost aspects of his musicianship. With the precognition of an old man, Lipkind relocates into a small village in the Taunus mountains near Frankfurt and spends the next three years working reflectively on his repertoire, liaising with composers, experimenting with new instruments, considering new approaches to established formations, giving masterclasses and producing recordings of the highest order.
In the end of 2006 Lipkind chooses two release two contrasting albums concurrently: Miniatures and Folklore, featuring his own arrangements and Single Voice Polyphony, showcasing Bach’s Cello Suites. At this pivotal point these two recordings showed him moving from strength to strength as a conceptual musician with an own compositional voice and a true expressive virtuoso with a deep knowledge of the cello. 100000 sold CDs and 4 reprints later, these recording have long become celebrated jewels and collector’s items in the music world.
Back on stage, Lipkind is often referred to by the press as an “Iconoclastic Thinker” and an “Ausnahmecellist” (German for: “exception-cellist”). His new brand of musicianship is unique in that it equally inspires not only audiences around the world but also colleagues, students, and composers. His touring with outstanding orchestras and conductors – most recently worth noting Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev, Tokyo Metropolitan under Eliyahu Inbal, and Brussels Philharmonic under Anthony Wit and Michel Tabachnik – is now coupled with a multitude of new lanes of activity including the controversial Lipkind Quartet, Single Voice Polyphony recitals for cello solo, Cello Concertante programs for cello and string ensemble, duo recitals with pianist Roman Zaslavsky focusing on a single composer, and frequent masterclass sessions.
Besides the well known masterworks, Lipkind’s repertoire encompassed numerous rarities, newly commissioned works, own arrangements, and a daring approach to chamber music.
“Gavriel Lipkind proves that he is certainly the finest cellist playing today” (Bernhard Greenhouse
- Free, bookings not required.