Born in Detroit in 1927, Seymour Lipkin studied in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute during the 1940s; his principal teachers there were Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In 1948, he captured the Rachmaninoff Award, which led to numerous orchestral and recital engagements.
Lipkin has appeared as soloist with most major American orchestras, including those of Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, with conductors such as Munch, Reiner, Steinberg, Dohnanyi, Ormandy and Bernstein.
He recorded the Stravinsky Piano Concerto with Leonard Bernstein for Columbia Records. A conducting student of Koussevitsky at Tanglewood, he has served as Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and Music Director of the Joffrey Ballet. As a chamber musician he has participated with such distinguished artists as Heifetz, Ricci, Tortelier, Zimbalist, Primrose and the Guarneri Quartet. At various times, Lipkin has served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and New York University.
Lipkin has been the Artistic Director of the Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine. He also served as Artistic Director of the University of Maryland International Piano Festival and William Kapell Piano Competition.
He has performed virtually all of Beethoven's major works for the piano, including complete cycles of the 32 Sonatas, the 5 Concertos, the 10 Violin Sonatas and the Cello Sonatas. His recent CD recording of three Beethoven Sonatas is available on the Audiofon label. Between 2000 and 2003, he presented a series of New York recitals devoted to the major piano works of Schubert.
At the present time, IPAM's Lipkin Collection consists of selected private recordings of Mr. Lipkin's concert and recital performances.