Music & The Arts

Leonidas Lipovetsky

was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where he began his music studies at age four. Following his first public professional recital at twelve, he continued his piano studies with Wilhelm Kolischer. The winner of many first prices in musical competitions such as the First Place winner of the National Competitions in 1958 and 1960 organized by the National State Theatre and the National Symphony Orchestra (OSSODRE), Mr. Lipovetsky came to New York in 1962 at the invitation of Mme. Rosina Lhevinne. 


He received a B.M. and an M.S. from the Julliard School of Music, where he was the first recipient of the Van Cliburn Scholarship and the Pan American Union Fellowship. A grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, Inc. launched his first European Concert tour during which he performed in eight of the major capitals.
He has since toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Central and South America and the People's Republic of China. As a recitalist, he has appeared in series such as

  • the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City,
  • the Phillips Collection,
  • the Pan American Union and
  • the National Gallery of the Art in Washington D.C. and in Ottawa Canada,
  • The Myra Hess Series in Chicago,
  • The Piano Recital Series in Portland, Oregon and
  • the International Piano Series “For Piano and Pianists” at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and
  • the Premier International Festival of Piano "En Blanco y Negro" at the Center of Arts, Mexico City, which he opened during July 2003. 

He was guest artist at the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York City during the celebration of UN Day. In 2002 he toured the People's Republic of China where he gave four piano recitals included in the International Series at the three major music conservatories of that country. He has been soloist with major symphony orchestras and conductors in eleven countries, among which the following can be named: OSSODRE, Stanislav Wislocki; Liverpool Philharmonic, Sir Charles Groves; Winnipeg Symphony, Victor Feldbrill; Mexico National Symphony, Luis Herrera de la Fuente; Seville Philharmonic, Thaddeus Strugala; The Icelandic National Symphony, John Steer; the National Orchestral Association, John Barnett; the Julliard Orchestra, Jean Morel, as the winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition. He also toured extensively as soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra “Janacek” under the direction of Otakar Trhlik and the English Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sir Alexander Gibson. In May and June 1993 he made his debut tour of Russia with appearances at the Glinka Concert Hall in St. Petersburg and at the Tschaikowsky Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Radio Moscow broadcast two full programs dedicated to him that reached Russia and all the republics. In addition, he appeared at the International Festival of Reykjavik, Iceland. He has toured Colombia, South America twice, appearing as soloist with the Colombian National Symphony under the direction of Dmitry Manolov (Sofia Philharmonic) and in recital in that country's major cities. He has made five tours of South America, appearing in recital and with National Symphony Orchestras in most of the major centers. During the month of November, 2006 he played the 18 Piano Sonatas by W.A. Mozart in five recitals in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater in observance of the 250th anniversary of the birth of this composer.

His award-winning Educational PROJECT “MUSIC & THE ARTS” has been successfully presented in Systems of Education, Colleges, Universities and Museums of Art in the US and abroad and has been repeatedly funded by Touring Programs of States Arts Councils and the Southern Arts Federation. His reputation as an Artist-Teacher has earned him invitations to give Master Classes at the Moscow Conservatory, at the Julliard School of Music in New York City, at the Trinity school of Music in London and most recently at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in the People's Republic of China, where he gave one week of Piano Master Classes in each Conservatory. He has been a presenter at many National Conventions. He was featured at the “Connections 2001” National Convention of the Magnet School of the Arts in the US which took place in Montgomery, AL. Following this appearance he was Artist-In-Residence at the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington Magnet School of Arts in the same city. Most recently, the Corbett Educational Foundation and Arts Links of Cincinnati, OH have sponsored the recording of a three hour In-Service Session for the teachers of the System of Education of that city. WCET, Channel 48, Cincinnati PBS Affiliate did the recording that has been broadcast on many occasions.

At present he has recently retired from the School of Music of the Florida State University where he has taught Piano since 1969.