Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and "an amazing master of his instrument" (Feast of Music) has carved out a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Recent performance highlights include recitals at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Sinus Ton Festival (Germany), Lawrence University (Wisconsin), and the New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland Classical Guitar Societies, featured solo performances at the ZKM in Karlsruhe Germany with the SWR Experimental Studio Frieburg, MATA Festival, WNYC's Greene Space, and the Fromm Concerts at Harvard University, and chamber performances on the Macau Music Festival (China), Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Ojai Festival, Aspekte Festival (Salzburg), and at Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brasil), Sibelius Academy (Finland), and Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall. Lippel has been a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2006 and Flexible Music since 2003 and has been a guest with many other ensembles including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, New York City Opera, Either/Or Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and counter)induction. Lippel has worked closely with many eminent composers including Mario Davidovsky, Ursula Mamlok, John Zorn, and Nils Vigeland, performed works by George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, and Magnus Lindberg with the composers in attendance, and collaborated on new work with several of the community's most active mid-career composers, including Dai Fujikura, Wang Lu, Reiko Fueting, Kyle Bartlett, Tyshawn Sorey, Du Yun, Peter Gilbert, Ken Ueno, Nathan Davis, Karola Obermueller, Mikel Kuehn, Douglas Boyce, Du Yun, John Link, and Ryan Streber. Lippel's recordings have garnered him critical acclaim from several publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Gramophone, American Record Guide, Chicago Reader, New Music Box, and Sequenza21. His work encompasses repertoire for both classical and electric guitars, as the latter has played an increasingly important role in contemporary music over recent decades. In addition to New Focus, he appears on recordings on several other labels including Kairos, Bridge, Innova, Albany, Tzadik, Wergo, and New World. Lippel was the classical guitar soloist on the Eliot Goldenthal score for the 2017 Netflix film "Our Souls at Night". He has performed actively in non-classical contexts as well, notably as a touring member of eclectic indie group Mice Parade, performing with them throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and as an improviser in various stylistic contexts.
As an educator, Lippel is particularly interested in demystifying the contemporary repertoire for guitarists, and the guitar for composers. He has given guitar masterclasses and presentations at many institutions including the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia), San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Syracuse University and guest lecture presentations to composition departments at the University of Texas at Austin, DePaul University, New York University, University of California at Davis, as well as a presentation to the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America conference on guitar and electronics repertoire. He was on faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio teaching classical guitar from 1999-2001 and received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin, writing his dissertation on the guitar works of Mario Davidovsky.
- Synchronisms #10 and Festino: Seminal Works for Guitar by Mario Davidovsky (D.M.A. Dissertation 2006 Manhatan School of Music)
- A Guide to the Guitar Works of Poul Ruders (Classical Guitar 2004)
- An Introduction to Two Seminal Guitar Works by Mario Davidovsky (Soundboard 2015)
- Shifting Aesthetics (Guitars International 2010)