Guitarist Daniel Lippel is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. Recent performances include a solo tour of Germany, recitals in Istanbul, Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York, and chamber music performances on Helsinki's Musica Nova Festival, the Macau International Music Festival in China, and on the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York's Alice Tully Hall. Lippel's recordings have garnered him critical acclaim from Gramophone, American Record Guide, Guitar Review, Music Web International, and several other publications. Lippel’s has also appeared in recital on the Guitars International Distinguished Artists Series at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Music from the Forefront Series at Bowling Green State University, Boston Classical Guitar Society, Bowdoin College, University of Wiconsin at Eau Claire, and Ft. Worth Guitar Festival at the Ft. Worth Modern Art Museum. Recently, he played the solo banjo part with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
in the American premiere of H.K. Gruber's Busking, a trumpet concerto with banjo and accordion as concertante players. He is very involved in the contemporary classical music scene and performed as soloist in Gyorgy Kurtag's Grabstein fur Stephan for guitar and small orchestra for the gala opening concert of Troy, NY's new concert hall, EMPAC. Lippel is a regular member of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and Flexible Music, having performed with these ensembles in the United States and Europe at concert halls, universities, and alternative venues.
Lippel has had the opportunity to work with some of the eminent composers of our time, including Mario Davidovsky, Phillippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg, H.K. Gruber, and Augusta Read Thomas, and he performed in a Carnegie Hall celebration of Elliott Carter's music conducted by Oliver Knussen. Highlights of his chamber performances include Carnegie's Zankel and Weill Halls, Sydney Festival (Australia), New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, and on the Cooperstown, Monadnock, Greenwich, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. One of the aspects of his career that Lippel finds the most gratifying is close collaboration with composers; he has commissioned and premiered over fifty solo and chamber works by established and emerging composers, many of which he has recorded on his independent label, New Focus Recordings. He has also recorded for Bridge, Centaur, Albany, Fat Cat, and Temporary Residence. He has performed live on several radio stations including KCRW Santa Monica, WBEZ Chicago, WQXR New York, and WCLV Cleveland, and his recordings have been internationally syndicated by WGBH Radio Boston's Art of the States. He has toured four continents and recorded extensively with indie rock band Mice Parade.
As an educator, Lippel is particularly interested in demystifying the contemporary repertoire for guitarists, and the guitar for composers. He has given guitar masterclasses at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Syracuse University, Northern Illinois University, and Bowling Green State University and guest lecture presentations to composition departments at the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Davis, Columbia College (Chicago), New York University, University of North Texas, and Manhattan School of Music. Lippel won first prizes in the Stafford (England) Guitar Competition, ASTA Competition, and Boston Guitar Society’s Guitar Competition. Lippel has been awarded grants by the American Music Center, Aaron Copland Fund, Meet the Composer, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and LUSES Foundation for the Support of Finnish Music. Mr. Lippel was on faculty teaching classical guitar at Bowling Green State University from 1999-2001. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin. Lippel's former teachers include Jason Vieaux, John Holmquist, David Leisner, Stephen Aron, and Nicholas Goluses, as well as summer studies with Ricardo Iznaola and Sharon Isbin.
Click here to download Lippel's dissertation, Synchronisms #10 for Guitar and Electronic Sounds and Festino: Seminal Works Featuring the Guitar by Mario Davidovsky , approved in May 2006 for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music
Click here to read Lippel’s article, “A Guide to the Guitar Works of Poul Ruders” which was published in Britain’s Classical Guitar magazine in the fall of 2004.
Click Here to read Dan's "Guidelines to Composing for the Guitar, a basic primer for composers"
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Composers who have written solo or ensemble works for Lippel include Nils Vigeland, Peter Gilbert, Orianna Webb, Du Yun, Dai Fujikura, Judah Adashi, Ryan Streber, Ken Ueno, Brian Hulse, Sam Pluta, Adam B. Silverman, Vineet Shende, John Link, Mikel Kuehn, Reiko Fueting, Soonjung Suh, Douglas Boyce, Ethan Wickman, Nico Muhly, Seung-Ah Oh, Chris Cerrone, Daniel Vezza, Harold OIiver, Allen Brings, Andrew Waggoner, Steve Ricks, Morris Rosenzweig, Patricia Morehead, Nizan Leibovitch, Pablo Santiago Chin, Edgar Guzman, Wilfredo Terrazas, David Laganella, Ross Bauer, Carl Schimmel, David Garner, Marcos Balter, Nathan Davis, and Alek Stevens.
Lippel has also premiered works not specifically written for him by several composers including Phillippe Manoury, George Lewis, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Lindroth, Dina Koston, and Joe Pereira.