Dan Lippel


Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review), enjoys a diverse career that ranges through solo performances, chamber music, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and improvising contexts. He co-founded and directs New Focus Recordings, an independent label dedicated to documenting new works. Lippel has been the guitarist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005, new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003, and eclectic indie group Mice Parade since 2004. Highlights of his solo performance calendar over recent seasons have included the premiere of Dai Fujikura`s Sparking Orbit, an electro-acoustic work written for him with the SWR Experimental Studio, at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, a concert of solos and chamber music at Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland sponsored by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, recitals for the Triangle (N.C.) and Phiiadelphia Classical Guitar Societies and Ft. Worth Guitar Guild, and solo works on concerts with ICE in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Manaus (Brasil). Lippel has worked with many eminent composers on their solo repertoire, including Mario Davidovsky, Nils Vigeland and Ursula Mamlok. As a chamber musician Lippel has performed in venues on four continents including the Macau International Music Festival (China), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Itau Cultural in São Paolo and Teatro Amazonas in Manaus (Brasil), the Sibelius Academy (Finland), and the Acht Brücken (Cologne Philharmonie) festival in Germany, as well as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York`s Lincoln Center. In addition to ICE and Flexible Music, Lippel has been a guest with many other ensembles, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Con Vivo Jersey City, Classical Cafe, as a guest performer/curator with Red Light New Music, as well as at the Monadnock, Cooperstown, Newburyport, and Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festivals. Lippel co-founded New Focus Recordings with composer Peter Gilbert in 2004 to release recordings with maximum creative control. His recordings have garnered him critical acclaim from Gramophone, American Record Guide, Classical Review of North America, American Record Guide, Guitar Review, Music Web International, Sequenza21, and several other publications. In addition to New Focus, he has recorded for Kairos, Bridge, Albany, Centaur, and Starkland. Lippel is an active performer in non-classical contexts as well, having performed solo sets of his own music for amplified classical guitar and effects at Tokyo`s O-Nest, Paris` Café de la Danse, Krakow`s Unsound Festival, and the Knitting Factory in New York. As a member of the eclectic indie group Mice Parade, Lippel has appeared on the Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Sydney Festival (Australia), Bestival (U.K.), as well as on numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and he has recorded five albums with the group on the Fat Cat label. As an educator, Lippel is particularly interested in demystifying the contemporary repertoire for guitarists, and the guitar for composers. He has given guitar masterclasses at many institutions including the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Syracuse University and guest lecture presentations to composition departments at the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Davis, and Manhattan School of Music. He was on faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio teaching classical guitar from 1999-2001. Lippel received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin. Lippel`s former teachers include Jason Vieaux, John Holmquist, David Leisner, Stephen Aron, and Nicholas Goluses, as well as summer studies with Ricardo Iznaola and Sharon Isbin.