Ashland Symphony Conductor to Speak at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement

4/23/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Arie Lipsky, music director and conductor for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, will present the address at Ashland University’s spring commencement ceremony set for May 5 at 10 a.m. at Miller Stadium in the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street.

 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center.
 
Maestro Lipsky is currently in his 16th season as music director and conductor of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and is in his 12th season as music director and conductor of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Symphony. He also is a frequent conductor with orchestras in Europe, Israel and North America.
 
Lipsky is a native of Haifa, Israel, and it was there that he received extensive training as a cellist and as a flutist.  When he was nine, he won the first of many prestigious musical competitions allowing him to solo with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
 
After this success, he began to appear in concerts throughout Israel and Europe. Lipsky subsequently began serious study of composition and conducting. His mentors include Semyon Bychkov, Yoel Levi and Kurt Mazur in conducting and Pablo Casals and Leonard Rose on cello. He holds degrees in aeronautical engineering and music, which he received before serving in the Israeli armed forces as a tank commander.
 
After moving to the United States, Lipsky served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and graduated from there with distinction. During this period he also assumed conducting responsibilities with the Ohio Light Opera. He moved to Buffalo in 1984 to become the Philharmonic's principal cellist and, in 1990, also became the resident conductor, a position he held for 12 years.
 
He was a prize winner in the Chicago Cello Society Competition and performed as principal cellist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera and the Colorado Music Festival. Lipsky has performed as cellist with the New Arts Trio since 1996. He is director of Chamber Music in the Chautauqua School of Music.
 
Education and outreach are key drivers to Lipsky’s musical vision. Last season he visited over 3,000 youngsters in classrooms and coached orchestral and band classes in a five-county area around Ann Arbor. He continues the important side-by-side concert programs with the Pinckney and Saline Public Schools.
 
Lipsky records on the Fleur de Son Classics label. His CD, “New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua” was reviewed by Fanfare Magazine which noted “I’ll affirm that this is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard.” 
 
Other critically acclaimed CD recordings include Schubert Overtures and Concertos by Sierra and Bruch, Guitar Concerti with the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.  
 
Lipsky currently lives in Buffalo and has an active family life with his wife, Rachel; son, Gilad; and daughter, Inbal. 
 
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.
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