Igor Kipnis

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Igor Kipnis (born September 27, 1930 in Berlin , † January 24, 2002 in Redding / Connecticut ) was an American harpsichordist.

The son of the Ukrainian bassist Alexander Kipnis came to the USA at the age of eight, where he received his first piano lessons from his maternal grandfather, the pianist and composer Heniot Levy . After attending the Westport School of Music , he studied at Harvard University with Randall Thompson and Thurston Dart until 1952 . He also took harpsichord lessons with Fernando Valenti .

In 1959 he was heard for the first time as a harpsichordist on a New York radio station, his concert debut followed in 1961. From 1964 to 1967 he gave summer courses at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood . From 1971 to 1975 he taught at Fairfield University in Connecticut, after which he was artist in residence there until 1978 .

Kipnis made his first European tour in 1967. In 1981 he made his debut as a pianist in Indianapolis. A number of contemporary musicians, including Ned Rorem , George Rochberg , Richard Rodney Bennett , Barbara Kolb and John McCabe , composed works for him.