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Electrifying Cello and a Journey to the Alps

Electrifying Cello and a Journey to the Alps


On December 6th, Saturday, the Philharmonic will present the cellist Gavriel Lipkind, renown for his intriguing ‘electrifying’ appearances, extraordinary creativity, expertise and sincerity.

Gavriel Lipkind (b. 1977) studied music at three major institutions: S. Rubin Music Academy of Tel Aviv University, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and the New England Conservatory. He has won numerous competitions, earning over a dozen of awards. At the pinnacle of his

youthful achievements, this cellist has performed at major venues worldwide, sharing the stage with many famous orchestras, performers and conductors.

In spite of his fulminant success as a musician, at the age of 23 Lipkind decided to take a sabbatical to focus wholly on the innermost depths of his musicianship - to work reflectively on his repertoire, liaise with composers and make recordings of the highest quality. To achieve this he has founded a record company Lipkind Productions and has produced two contrasting recordings: Miniatures and Folklore, featuring his own arrangements and Single Voice Polyphony (Volume I). These productions represent very different, yet equally important facets of Lipkind’s musical creativity – his own compositional voice, coupled with a deep knowledge of the cello – and both show him moving from strength to strength as a conceptual musician and a true expressive virtuoso. Along all the major works for cello, Lipkind’s repertoire now also encompasses numerous rarities, newly commissioned works and his own arrangements and transcriptions.

Lipkind plays a unique Italian cello labelled "Aloysius Michael Garani (Bologna, 1702)" estimated, however, to have been completed in the years 1670-1680; An enigma which has come to be known as “The Zihrhonheimer cello”. This instrument has been made available thanks to the generous support of D. & M. P.

At a Saturday concert at the Philharmonic Lipkind will perform the large-scale Sinfonia Concertante by Sergei Prokofiev, featuring biting and ironic themes, sweeping sparkling passages, unexpected harmonic audacities and rebellious dynamic flashes.

The soloist will share the stage with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO), conducted by maestro Juozas Domarkas - an unrivalled Lithuanian master of the baton, an experienced and influential conducting teacher distinguished for his expressive manner of interpretation. The artistic director and principal conductor of the LNSO has led the orchestra for a record-breaking term and has become a constant that cannot be omitted when addressing generations of Lithuanian conductors and assessing the quality of symphony music performance.

Along the Sinfonia Concertante by Sergei Prokofiev, the concert programme also features Eine Alpensinfonie by Richard Strauss – an expressive and enchanting composition, resembling a picture of the Alps drawn in sounds. Lasting around one hour, this piece represents an impressive musical journey through the mountains, their paths, passes and rich green forests, where the composer roamed as a child. Strauss regarded this symphony as one of his major artistic achievements and was very proud of it.

The concert of Gavriel Lipkind and the LNSO under the baton of Juozas Domarkas will take place at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic on December 6th, 7pm.

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