Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

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Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
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Background Information


Ann Arbor



Music Director/Conductor

Arie Lipsky


Record Label



35 Research Drive, Ste 100
Ann Arbor, Michigan


(734) 994-4801


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra was founded as a community orchestra in 1928 by five musically-inclined members of the local Methodist Church, and has since grown to become a main player in Ann Arbor's world of art and culture. Since 1986, the A²SO has been a fully professional orchestra, first under the baton of Carl St.Clair, followed by Sam Wong, and is now headed by Maestro Arie Lipsky.


The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is passionately committed to enriching the culture of the region. We strive to attract, inspire and educate the most diverse audience possible, foster a growing appreciation for excellent music and regional talent, and provide imaginative programming through community involvement.


Arie Lipsky

Music Director/Conductor

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A musician’s musician, a most collaborative of conductors, and a community-recognized leader, Music Director and Conductor Arie Lipsky celebrates his 18th year with the A²SO this season. He has helped grow the symphony, improve its level of music artistry, and expand its audience to classical music lovers all over Southeast Michigan.

Born in Israel where he received extensive training as a cellist and as a flutist, Lipsky was just nine when he won the first of many prestigious musical competitions allowing him to solo with his town’s orchestra. After this impressive success, he began to appear in concerts throughout Israel and Europe. Lipsky subsequently began serious study of composition and conducting. His mentors include Semyon Bychkov, Yoel Levi and Kurt Masur in conducting and Pablo Casals and Leonard Rose on cello. He holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music which he received before serving in the Israeli Army.

After moving to the United States, Lipsky served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio Opera. He moved to Buffalo in 1984 to become the Buffalo Philharmonic’s principal cellist and in 1990, he became the Resident Conductor. In early 1995, on short notice, Arie replaced the late Eduardo Mata conducting the Israel Chamber Orchestra, where his success resulted in return engagements with many of Israel’s orchestras. Lipsky also conducted the Arthur Rubinstein Orchestra in Lódź, Poland. Lipsky is the Music Director of the Ashland Symphony (Ohio), and also conducts major orchestras in the US, Canada and Europe.

An elegant and expressive conductor, Lipsky garners high praise from some of the world’s best conductors, audiences around the world, and the musicians with whom he works. As one local reviewer said, “under the baton of Music Director Lipsky, the Orchestra played with finesse and polish that experience brings to bear.”

In November 2017, Arie and the A²SO were honored with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor’s “Disinguished Service Award,” for extraordinary service to the greater Ann Arbor community through uplifting music presentation, through music education for school children, and through wholesome entertainment brought about by extreme, dedicated commitment.

Lipsky and the A²SO have created a distinguished CD, distributed on the Naxos label, of three pieces by American composer Paul Fetler. Also of note, A²SO concerts under Lipsky’s direction are being broadcast on WRCJ and WKAR radio stations.

Education and outreach are key drivers to Lipsky’s musical vision. Last season he visited over 30,000 youngsters in classrooms and coached orchestral and band classes in Ann Arbor as well as the five-county area. He continues the important side-by-side concert programs with the Pinckney Community Schools and inaugurated the Side-by-Side concerts with Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School this season.

Lipsky records on the Fleur de Son Classics label. His CD, New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua was reviewed by Fanfare Magazine: “I’ll affirm that this is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard.” Other critically acclaimed CD recordings include Schubert Overtures and Concertos by Sierra and Bruch, Guitar Concerti with the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Arie was a member of the New Arts Trio in residence at the Chautauqua Institute, where he serves as Director of Chamber Music.

Lipsky, his wife Rachel and daughter Inbal reside in Ann Arbor.




CD's/Digital downloads:

  • Paul Fetler Violin Concerto No. 2 / Capriccio / 3 Poems by Walt Whitman (12/2009) Amazon hbdirect


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