Daniel Lippel, USA
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"These performances definitely have a live feel, though there's no sense of the facile- only depth caught on the wing. Sometimes Lippel dwells indulgently in the moment, as in the Grave of the A minor Sonata or the Sarabande of the A major Suite; at other times the music is allowed to flow naturally, as in the final movements of those works. Looseness and tension are fluently articulated within a flexible, expressive framework. An impressive release, then. Not a definitive statement- nor is it meant to be. Full marks to Lippel for daring to show a little humanity." Wiiliam Yeomen, Review of Bach CD,
Gramophone, May 2006

Guitarist Daniel Lippel is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. Recent performances include a solo tour of Germany, recitals in Istanbul, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, and chamber music performances on Finland's Musica Nova Helsinki Festival, the Macau International Music Festival in China, and on the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York's Alice Tully Hall. His 2009-2010 season includes recitals in Cleveland, New York, Bowdoin College in Maine, and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, as well as ensemble appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the American premiere of H.K Gruber's Busking, and with other groups at the Darmstadt Festival in Germany, at the Kennedy Center, and at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Lippel's recordings have garnered him critical acclaim from Gramophone, American Record Guide, Guitar Review, Music Web International, and several other publications, and he is the founder and director of New Focus Recordings, an independent label. He is very involved in the contemporary classical music scene and performed as soloist in Gyorgy Kurtag's Grabstein fur Stephan for guitar and small orchestra for the gala opening concert of Troy, NY's new concert hall, EMPAC. Lippel is a member of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and new music quartet Flexible Music.

He has had the opportunity to work with some of the eminent composers of our time, including John Adams, Mario Davidovsky, Phillippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg, Ursula Mamlok, and Augusta Read Thomas, and he performed in a Carnegie Hall celebration of Elliott Carter's music conducted by Oliver Knussen. Other highlights of Lippel's performing career have been ensemble appearances at Carnegie's Zankel and Weill Halls, the Sydney Festival (Australia) and on the Cooperstown, Manchester, Monadnock, Greenwich, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, as well as solo concerts at the Ft. Worth Modern Art Museum, Music from the Forefront Series at Bowling Green State University, and on the Guitars International Series at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

One of the aspects of his career that Lippel finds the most gratifying is close collaboration with composers; he has commissioned and premiered over fifty solo and chamber works by established and emerging composers, many of which he has recorded on his independent label, New Focus Recordings. As an educator, Lippel is particularly interested in demystifying the contemporary repertoire for guitarists, and the guitar for composers. He has given guitar masterclasses at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Syracuse University, Northern Illinois University, and Bowling Green State University and guest lecture presentations to composition departments at the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Davis, Columbia College (Chicago), New York University, University of North Texas, and Manhattan School of Music. His performances have been broadcast on several radio stations including KCRW Santa Monica, WQXR New York, and WCLV Cleveland, as well as on the internationally syndicated Art of the States by Boston's WGBH.

Lippel won the senior guitar division prize in the 2000 ASTA Competiton as well as winning the Stafford England Guitar Competition and the Boston Guitar Society Guitar Competition. He has toured four continents and recorded extensively with Fat Cat Record's indie rock band Mice Parade. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin. His previous instructors included Jason Vieaux and John Holmquist at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Stephen Aron at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and private studies with David Leisner and Nicolas Goluses.

Artist's Website: danlippel.com/