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“My goal as a conductor is to be a musician who puts the music first, and to make sure what the composers wrote is delivered to the audience.”
Born in Israel where he received extensive training as a cellist and as a flutist, Arie Lipsky was just nine when he won the first of many prestigious musical competitions allowing him to solo with his town’s orchestra. After this impressive success, he began to appear in concerts throughout Israel and Europe. Mr. Lipsky subsequently began serious study of composition and conducting. His mentors include Semyon Bychkov, Yoel Levi and Kurt Mazur in conducting and Pablo Casals and Leonard Rose on cello. He holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music which he received before serving in the Israeli Army.
After moving to the United States, Mr. Lipsky served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio Opera. He moved to Buffalo in 1984 to become the Buffalo Philharmonic’s principal cellist and in 1990, he became the Resident Conductor. In early 1995, on short notice, Arie replaced the late Eduardo Mata conducting the Israel Chamber Orchestra, where his success resulted in return engagements with many of Israel’s orchestras. This year Lipsky also conducted the Arthur Rubinstein Orchestra in Lódź, Poland. Lipsky is the Music Director of the Ashland Symphony (Ohio) and conducts major orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe.
An elegant and expressive conductor, Lipsky garners high praise from some of the world’s best conductors. Semyon Bychkov, Music Director of L’Orchestre de Paris, calls Mr. Lipsky “. . . a born conductor,” and Yoel Levi, former Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, says that “As a musician Arie is first class; his technique is excellent, his memory outstanding . . . he knows how to communicate and is well deserving of respect and admiration.”
Lipsky continues to grow a tremendous and loyal audience in Southeastern Michigan with concerts where both discerning and casual listeners alike are calling what they hear as “an Ann Arbor Symphony sound” of confidence and clarity. As one reviewer said, “under the baton of Music Director Lipsky, the Orchestra played with finesse and polish that experience brings to bear.”
Education and outreach are key drivers to Mr. Lipsky’s musical vision. Last season he visited over 3,000 youngsters in classrooms and coached orchestral and band classes in a five-county area around Ann Arbor. He also inaugurated ths ground-breaking side-by-side concert program with the Pinckney and Saline Public Schools.
Mr. Lipsky records on the Fleur de Son Classics label. His CD, New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua was reviewed by Fanfare Magazine: “I’ll affirm that this is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard.” Other critically acclaimed CD recordings include Schubert Overtures and Concertos by Sierra and Bruch, Guitar Concerti with the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Arie is also a member of the New Arts Trio in residence at the Chautauqua Institute, where he serves as Director of Chamber Music.
Arie enjoys an active family life with his wife Rachel and two children Gilad and Inbal.