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Violist Matthew Lipman on Identity, Success and Mind-Body Connection


Matthew Lipman, viola

Performance Date

January 24, 2024

About this video

Our guest in this episode is violist Matthew Lipman, one of his generation’s great talents! After sufficient fan-girling, we got to ask Matt all of our burning questions about life in the most high-profile of freelancing careers: as a soloist and professional chamber musician. If there’s anything universal about a career in music, it’s how we stitch our identities into how we perceive success. We talk with Matt about what success means to him, as well as the important yet restrictive practices that are preventing us from exposing our art to a broader audience, and maybe even a little astrology - yes, we may be getting a little ‘woo-woo’ today…Enjoy getting to know Matt, a beautiful musician with an important voice in the future of ‘classical’ music!


What they are saying

“Mr. Lipman demonstrated a rich tone and elegant phrasing in the slow opening movement, with its elegiac, wandering melodies, and a fleet-fingered technique in the vivacious second movement.”

The New York Times

“splendid technique and musical sensitivity...a warm, burnished, singing tone... Mark well Matthew Lipman's name: You'll be hearing a lot more of him in the years to come.”

The Chicago Tribune

“Matthew Lipman commands attention with his authoritative phrasing and attractive sound...most impressive, well recorded and lovingly presented recital.”


“Throughout the recital Lipman’s playing is warm-toned and expressive, as well as agile and focused.”

Gramophone Magazine

“remarkable and vibrantly deep, chocolate tone.”

Audiophile Audition

“superb: in particular, the violist Matthew Lipman, who did such a fine job of negotiating the center of the music...”

National Review