Arie Lipsky, Music Director & Conductor

“The Board of Directors of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra holds Maestro Arie Lipsky and his family in prayer as he continues to deal with physical issues, for which there is currently no prognosis available. During his absence, we are making every effort to maintain the program and quality of orchestral performances.”

Arie Lipsky is a native of Haifa, Israel, and it was there that he received extensive training as a cellist and as a flutist. When he was nine, he won the first of many prestigious musical competitions allowing him to solo with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. After this success, he began to appear in concerts throughout Israel and Europe. Arie subsequently began serious study of composition and conducting. His mentors include Semyon Bychkov, Yoel Levi and Kurt Mazur in conducting and Pablo Casals and Leonard Rose on cello. He holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music.

After moving to the United States, Arie served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and graduated from there with distinction. During this period, he also assumed conducting responsibilities with the Ohio Light Opera. He moved to Buffalo in 1984 to become the Philharmonic’s principal cellist and, in 1990, also became the Resident Conductor, a position he held for twelve years. From 2000-2019, he served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony.

He was a prize winner in the Chicago Cello Society Competition and performed as principal cellist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera and the Colorado Music Festival. Arie has performed as cellist with the New Arts Trio since 1996. He is Director of Chamber Music in the Chautauqua School of Music.

Maestro Lipsky is currently in his twenty-fourth year as Music Director and Conductor of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent conductor with orchestras in Europe, Israel, and North America. In April 2018, Maestro traveled to South Korea to conduct the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Arie lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Rachel and daughter Inbal. He also has a son, Gilad.

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