Dr. William Lipke
Pianist William Lipke maintains an active schedule as a performer and teacher, having performed with musicians of international stature such as the Ying Quartet (four different seasons) and opera baritone Hakan Hagegard. His appearances with orchestra include the Liszt Concerto in A Major and his performances have been broadcast on public radio. He has performed solo recitals in the United States and in Europe, including recent performances on recital series and a radio interview in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals at the World Piano Conference in Europe . He recently served as a judge for the New Mexico Symphony concerto competition.
Lipke holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He began piano study at the age of six and first appeared as a concerto soloist with a youth orchestra at the age of twelve. His early teacher, from age 6 to 16, was a student of Arthur Alexander at the Royal College of Music in London. He has studied piano privately or in master classes with Ozan Marsh (a student of Liszt pupils Emil von Sauer and Egon Petri, plus lessons with Horowitz and Rachmaninoff), Menahem Pressler, Walter Hautzig and chamber music with the LaSalle Quartet and Dorothy Delay.
One of his students performed as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony. He is currently Professor of piano at Adams State College where he teaches piano and conducts the San Luis Valley Symphony. He has also taught eight summers at the Northern Arizona University Summer Music Camp. Dr. Lipke teaches on a new Steinway grand piano that he selected at the New York factory in 2011.