Seymour Lipkin received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1947, studying piano with Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and David Saperton.
In 1948 he won the Rachmaninoff Competition, as a pianist, and has since played with all of the major United States orchestras. He has earned particular acclaim for his Beethoven cycles, which have encompassed not only the thirty-two piano sonatas and five concertos, but the ten violin sonatas and five cello sonatas as well. His recording of the piano sonatas was released on the Newport Classic label in 2004. He recently performed a cycle of the major works of Schubert, including the complete piano sonatas; his recordings of these works were recently released on Newport Classic.
Mr. Lipkin studied conducting at Tanglewood with Serge Koussevitzky and was apprentice conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He continued his conducting career at the New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic (assistant conductor, under Bernstein), Joffrey Ballet (music director), and Long Island Symphony (music director).
He is artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Me., and served as artistic director of the International Piano Festival and William Kapell Competition at the University of Maryland.
A member of the Juilliard faculty since 1986, Mr. Lipkin joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1969.