"Gavriel Lipkind… proves that he is certainly the finest cellist playing today." Bernard Greenhouse, 2006
Gavriel Lipkind, born in Tel Aviv in 1977, enjoyed an early stellar rise to international renown as a young cellist, before making the decision to question a predefined life and halt a predictable path. He decided to take a three-year period of retreat from stage life, during which he devoted himself to further studies and recording. An iconoclastic <thinker, Mr. Lipkind’s work today stands for consistent thought and intrinsic musical inspiration without compromising quality — an almost unattainable goal in the life of performing soloists today. Being a genuine fanatic of musical detail and audio documentation, Mr. Lipkind has chosen a radical path of innovation in his profession.
Gavriel Lipkind has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the
Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, Kennedy Center and Berlin Philharmonie, with preeminent
orchestras like the Israel Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony.
He has worked alongside outstanding musicians – Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Giuseppe
Sinopoli, Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer.
A major recording endeavor featuring Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Shostakovich concerti marked
the beginning of this year's ongoing partnership with Sinfonia Varsovia. This collaboration also
started Gavriel's Cello Heroics series of recordings – A Soloist's Diary – and leads to further
performances with that orchestra in the Benelux.
Two return concert tours to Japan this year, both including performances at Suntory Hall,
resulted in Tokyo's audiences standing in exuberant sustained ovations. The first tour included
the rarely performed Pfitzner Concerto No. 3 with the New Japan Philharmonic; the second tour
featured a Tchaikovsky Gala performing Rococo Variations and Andante Cantabile at Suntory
Hall, a concert that launched National Philharmonic of Russia's debut tour in Japan, conducted
by Vladimir Spivakov.
The Cello Concertante project — in which Lipkind both conducts and plays an entire
program of works for cello and chamber orchestra — gave him the opportunity to direct the
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the Kremerata Baltica, the
latter collaboration offering a revised rendition of Schumann's cello concerto.
Among the larger concerti, Lipkind now concentrates on Saint-Saens’ concerto with the Kyoto
Symphony, Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante last performed with the American Symphony under
Leon Botstein, as well as the concertos by Dvorák and Elgar, and the Shlomo Rhapsody by Bloch,
all of which he performs extensively across Europe and Japan.
Dohnányi’s Konzertstück at Queen Elizabeth Hall concludes Lipkind's concerto activity for
For over 15 years, Gavriel Lipkind has dedicated his efforts to an award winning collaboration
with pianist Roman Zaslavsky – two lifelong friends performing onstage as one unit. Gavriel’s
focus on merging the two very different sonic worlds of the cello and piano created a musical
dialogue at once balanced and dynamic, winning a continuously growing international
audience. Having performed together onstage in hundreds of concerts, the duo has recorded
for Lipkind Productions its first two albums; „Absolutes“ with works by Beethoven, Brahms and
Britten, and „Specialties“ with works by Schumann, Schubert, Franck, are scheduled for release in
2010 as part of the series "Duolisms".
After a season of concert debuts with the Lipkind Quartet across Germany, Switzerland, Holland,
and Norway, the press exclaimed: "A different way of making music [...] not subordinate to
the stereotypes of today’s concert world, but rather is a result of mutual respect, knowledge and
mastery [...] a marvelous acoustic experience [...], a string quartet, which is well capable of
stepping into the footprints of the Alban Berg Quartet" (Thüringer Allgemeine). The Lipkind
Quartet continues touring with a program titled: „In Search of New Worlds“ featuring works by
Bloch, Barber, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Dvorák.
The unique success story of self-produced recordings that began with Gavriel's unusual
interpretation of Bach's Cello Suites and his virtuoso album "Miniatures & Folklore" continues. In
2010, Lipkind Productions will release additional titles in its tripartite recording series Cello
Heroics, Duolisms and Lipkind Quartet.
In addition to being a unique interpreter, Gavriel is an inspiring teacher. As a passionate advocate
of supporting and encouraging young talent, he enjoys giving master classes around the world as
well as performing lecture recitals.
Gavriel Lipkind plays a unique Italian cello labeled "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.
Thus, while Gavriel continues setting new artistic goals and challenging the limitations of a
soloist’s life, he naturally transforms his musicianship — and the lifestyle it implies — into a
richly complex holistic mission.