Lewis Lipnick



Biography

Lewis Lipnick joined the National Symphony in 1970. His professional musical training included studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory in 1968. It was at Lipnick's suggestion that the National Symphony commissioned Gunther Schuller to compose his Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra, the first concerto ever written for the contrabassoon. The world premiere took place in 1979 with Mr. Lipnick as soloist and Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the National Symphony Orchestra. Lipnick went on to perform the European and New York premieres of the Concerto under the baton of the composer. In 2006, Mr. Lipnick commissioned and premiered a new concerto for contrabassoon by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho with Andrew Litton conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. This world premiere was recorded live by the Swedish record company, BIS, and their CD release of this work has earned dozens of enthusiastic reviews from all around the world. Immediately following the Norway premiere, Mr. Lipnick traveled to Finland, and performed the Aho concerto with the orchestras of Turku, Lahti, and Kuopio. In February of 2009, he performed the U.S. premiere of the Aho Contrabassoon Concerto at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Leonard Slatkin conducting. Besides playing in the National Symphony, Mr. Lipnick has conducted seminars in contrabassoon and bassoon performance at several institutions of higher learning across the United States and at the prestigious Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Lipnick has recently been honored with an invitation to perform the Helsinki premiere of the Aho Contrabassoon Concerto, which will take place on February 29 and March 1, 2012 in the new Helsinki Music Centre, with John StorgÄrds conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Lipnick is also internationally respected as a leading expert in the field of electronics and acoustics and has written numerous articles on these subjects for publications throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. He has also served as a consultant to the United States Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Lewis Lipnick