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Evolution

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 rethink a predefined life and halt a predictable path. He took a three-year long period of retreat from stage life, during which he devoted himself to extensive further studies and recording.

“[...] a significant percentage of listeners left the hall in tears.”
The Strad Magazine

Lipkind has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues in recitals and with preeminent orchestras, the long list includes the Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, Kennedy Center and Berlin Philharmonie, with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony.

Early on, he has already worked alongside outstanding musicians such as Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer.

Today every aspect of Mr. Lipkind’s activities as a musician, is an inseparable part of a larger plan to record the underlying repertoire. Thus, the productions determine and shape all other aspects of his career.

“[...] Lipkind is a total one-off [...]
he plays as if possessed [...]
This was edge-of-the seat, white knuckle playing [...]”
The Independent (five stars review)

This deep urge to produce unique recordings and relate them to his concert and educational activities has set Lipkind in a niche of his own. He continues to challenge the accepted limitations of a soloist’s life and naturally transform his musicianship into a holistic mission.


LUTOSLAVSKI CELLO CONCERTO

As a key work for the 2011 / 12 season Lipkind chose the Lutoslavski Cello Concerto comemorating both the composer and the cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch for whom the piece was written. The season opened with a gala concert performing the piece with the Brussels Philharmonic under maestro Anthony Witt for the Flanders Festival in Ghent live on Klara Radio to the great acclaim of Belgium press. Performing the Lutoslavski Concerto in the opening concert of the White Nights Festival under Valery Gergiev will conclude this season. Mr. Lipkind will perform this work with different orchestras including the Lutoslavski Orchestra.

“He not only projected to the very back of the room with the majestic sounds he is famous for, but also aroused a hypnotic trance that one rarely experiences in concert. In his hands the complex cello concerto was [re]composed into a colorful array of emotions and effects,
rather than an intellectual tour de force.”
Jan-Jakob Delanoye (The Cutting Edge)

[before the concert]
“This concert is a unique opportunity to observe one of the most sensational cellists of our time at work.
[after the concert]
“A sublime opening of the 16th season of Modern Classic!”
Kristel Brys (De schakel)


LIPKIND PRODUCTIONS (i.c.w.Naxos International)

Not satisfied with concertizing alone, and being a genuine fanatic of audio documentation as an art form in its own right, Gavriel Lipkind founded a Production company in 2005. 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" continued ever since. The current product line of Lipkind Productions includes a whole range of new products in its tripartite recording series Single Voice Polyphony, Chamber Music and Cello Heroics.

Lipkind Productions has been described in the press as “Objects of Desire” and its products as “Total Works of Art”.


LIPKIND QUARTET

These four players, when seated together, have been described as:

“They are like a one-headed, 16-stringed monster with eight hands, four bows and a warm beating heart”

Founded by cellist Gavriel Lipkind this unusual string quartet has come to stand apart because of the radical and deep thought it invests in every stage of its work; starting with social and inter-personal aspects of working in a quartet and ending with the finest subtleties of an inspired bow stroke.

Highlights:
2008 Touring Israel Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, the US, and Israel
2009 Opening the Klara Radio Festival LIVE in the large Studio4 Hall at Flagey, Brussels
2010 Opening the new quartet series at the Vienna Musikverein
2011 Album release with the “NEW WORLDS” program. A larger US tour (Boston, New York, North Carolina, California). Turkey debut (CRR Concert Hall, Subscription Series)

“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


LIPKIND / ZASLAVSKY DUO

For over 17 years, Gavriel Lipkind has dedicated his efforts to an award winning collaboration with pianist Roman Zaslavsky – two lifelong friends performing onstage as one unit.

"The more ‘difficult’ the manual challenges were, the “easier” did Lipkind and his par acting duo partner Roman Zaslavsky managed an instinctively brilliant dealing with the notated material"
Joachim Mischke, Hamburger Abendblatt

This musical dialogue at once balanced and dynamic is winning a continuously growing international audience. Having performed together onstage in hundreds of concerts all over the world, the duo has recorded for Lipkind Productions its first two albums. The first album titled: “Absolutes” features Sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Britten and will be released in the beginning of 2012.


THE ZIHRHONHEIMER CELLO
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”.

“Gavriel Lipkind proves that he is certainly the finest cellist playing today.”
Bernard Greenhouse

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