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Malcolm Lipkin

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b. 1932, Malcolm Lipkin first came to prominence in 1951, when, at the age of nineteen, he played his Third Piano Sonata at the Gaudeamus Foundation Music Week in Holland and, in the following year, at a Macnaghten Concert in London. Performances of his Fourth Piano Sonata by Peter Katin, and the Piano Concerto by Lamar Crowson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, both at Cheltenham Festivals in the 1950s, helped to establish his reputation; while his First Violin Sonata, given in London in 1958 by Yfrah Neaman and Howard Ferguson, has since enjoyed over one hundred performances worldwide.

Yfrah Neaman commissioned his Violin Concerto No.2, giving its first performance with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Constantin Silvestri in 1963. Three years later, Lipkin’s Sinfonia di Roma (Symphony No.1) was premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Sir Charles Groves. In 1969 he was commissioned by the John Lewis Partnership to write a setting of Psalm 96 for chorus and orchestra, first performed in London that year under the direction of Myer Fredman.

During the past decade his works have attained greater recognition following the success of The Pursuit (Symphony No.2), first performed in Manchester in 1983. Commissions from the BBC for his Wind Quintet (1985), written for the Nash Ensemble, and his Oboe Concerto of 1989 further enhanced his reputation, as did a Hyperion record of the octet Clifford’s Tower and other chamber works, played by the Nash Ensemble. In 1993 Sun (Symphony No.3) was given by the BBC Philharmonic, an orchestra which has now publicly performed all three of his symphonies.

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