Violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and by the Chicago Tribune for his “splendid technique and musical sensitivity”. Recent engagements as soloist include the Juilliard, Minnesota, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber, Ars Viva Symphony, Montgomery Symphony, Capital City Symphony and Southwest Symphony Orchestras, and as recitalist the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and the ShortGrass Festival in Cimarron, New Mexico. His debut recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is scheduled for release in late spring 2014. Mr. Lipman is the First Prize winner of the Washington, Stulberg, and Johansen International Competitions, the WAMSO, Juilliard, and ASTA National Competitions, and is a top prizewinner of the Tertis and Primrose International Viola Competitions. As a participant of the Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Marlboro, Caramoor, and Perlman Music Program festivals, his collaborators include Itzhak Perlman, David Finckel, Miriam Fried, Paul Katz, and Ani and Ida Kavafian. Born in Chicago in 1992, Mr. Lipman is a student at the Juilliard School, where he serves as teaching assistant to professor Heidi Castleman, and has studied with Misha Amory, Roland Vamos, and Matthew Mantell. He performs on a viola by Matteo Goffriller, 1700, on generous loan from the REB Foundation.