Seymour Lipkin, Pianist and Conductor, Dies at 88

Seymour Lipkin, a pianist and conductor widely admired in both roles for his acute, deliberately unflashy musicianship, died on Monday, 16 Nov 2015, in Blue Hill, Me. He was 88. Pianist Seymour Lipkin was born in Detroit. His grandfather had been a violinist (his custom violin is now on loan for Juilliard students to use), and while Lipkin’s parents weren’t musicians, they were musical, and they noted and encouraged his early interest in listening to music. When Lipkin was 11, he moved to Philadelphia to study at Curtis, boarding with a local family (that Curtis supplied with a piano). A few years later, his sister, Eleanor, joined him, and she later enjoyed a successful performing career in Europe. Lipkin received a Bachelor of Music from Curtis in 1947 and has been on the faculty there since 1969. In addition to Juilliard, where he joined the faculty in 1986, Lipkin has also taught at Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Marymount College. He has performed as a soloist with most major American orchestras, recorded extensively, and also had a distinguished conducting career. NYTimes Obit

 VIDEO: Seymour Lipkin Talks About Piano Music American classical pianist Seymour Lipkin took a rare interview with NTD Television on piano playing. In the interview, Lipkin also gives advices to the Chinese piano students on how to master piano arts as a musician. To promote classical piano music and young Chinese pianists on a world stage, NTD Television is hosting the 3rd International Chinese Piano Competition in New York City. The Finals and Award Concert this year will be held at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall on October 27, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://piano.ntdtv.com