his debut in 1959, harpsichordist, pianist and fortepianist IGOR
KIPNIS performed in recital and as soloist with orchestras throughout
the world, including North, South,and Central America, Western Europe,
East Germany, the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Israel,
the Far East and Australia.
was a prolific recording artist with 82 albums to his credit, of
which 56 are solo. Among the honors he received were 6 "Grammy"
nominations, 3 "Record of the Year" awards from Stereo
Review, the 1969 Deutsche Schallplatten Prize, and the 1988 Gold
Star award from the Italian periodical, Musica. Keyboard, in that
magazine's annual readers' poll, named him "Best Harpsichordist"
in 1978, 1979, and 1980 and "Best Classical Keyboardist"
in 1982 and 1986. In 1993 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of
Humane Letters by Illinois Wesleyan University.
guest on both television and radio, Kipnis for three seasons hosted
his own "The Age of Baroque" over WQXR in New York and
was host of the 1993 syndicated series, "The Classical Organ"
from WGBH in Boston. He also performed on the Grammy Awards telecast.
reviews and articles have appeared in a great many publications,
including International Classical Record Collector, International
Piano Quarterly, Gramophone Early Music, Goldberg, Early Music America,
Clavier, Audio, FI, Stereophile, Schwann/Opus, Musical America,
Stereo Review, The American Record Guide, Classical, The Washington
Post, and The Yale Review.
Director of the Connecticut Early Music Festival for thirteen years,
he also served five years as president and artistic director of
the Connecticut chamber-music series, Friends of Music of Fairfield
1999, he presented courses on "The Piano: Style and Interpretation"
at both the Mannes College of Music and the University of Connecticut
in Stamford. Igor Kipnis died at his home in Connecticut in January,
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