Music & The Arts

 

Excerpts from the Press: 

 

National Orchestral Association with John Barnett

"He played the Prokofieff Third Piano Concerto in the modern, streamlined manner in which superbly controlled dash takes precedence over soulful detail. One marvelled at his mechanical perfection and he earned bravos from the responsive audience."

Theodore Stongin, The New York Times, New York City

 

Lipovetsky Shines at the Keyboard

"He is full of the excitement that any such gifted young man always finds in exploring the great literature of his instrument. He understands both the instrument and a great deal about the literature. He makes a beautiful sound on the piano and his fingers know few problems."

Paul Hume, The Washington Post

 

"He combines in his playing the warmth and passionate eloquence of a latin with the agile, confident and brilliant technique which is the hallmark of a great pianist. Through his tense but moving style he showed to be an interpreter of more-than-usual self-control. His interpretations were lively, communcative and essentially truthful. His recital was crowned by a great ovation."

Xavier Montsalvatge, La Vanguardia Espanola, Barcelona, Spain

 

Ossodre with Stanislav Wislocki

"His version of the Third Concerto by Beethoven had a truly musical authority reaching high artistic proportions.

... an artist who has not only studied Beethoven but who has understood his musical and artistic message as well. His conception of the concerto was honest, clear and poised. The interpretation revealed a solid musical talent."

Egon Fiedler, El Pais, Montevideo, Uruguay

 

Seville Philharmonic with Thaddeus Strugala

"... Lipovetsky offered an impressive version of the Third Concerto by Beethoven. He knows how to obtain the perfect sound in the interpretation of Beethoven: grand, full of fire and very majestic. The personality of a great artist was evident."

Ma. Carmen Hernandez, Diario de Sevilla, Seville, Spain

 

"...  a performer of great strength and vitality. Played with fire and showed in his interpretation a very personal and brilliant concept of the style of Beethoven. Great and insistent applause obliged the pianist to perform encore."

Enrique Sanchez Pedrote, ABC Country-wide edition, Seville, Spain

 

Icelandic National Symphony with John Steer

" It was a genuine pleasure to listen to Leonidas Lipovetsky perform the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Beethoven. He seemed to play it with great ease which, in his case, is a mark of deep musical understanding and great training."

Arni Bjornsson, Helgaposturinn, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

On Tour with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra "Janacek" with Otakar Trhlik

"Leonidas Lipovetsky, who earned our fullsome praise during last season has shown himself now as a wonderful in-depth soloist. His solo part in the Tschaikowsky Concerto No. 1 was brilliant. He played always within bounds of good taste and appropriate emotional density."

Xavier Montsalvatge, La Vanguardia Espanola, Barcelona, Spain

 

"Magnificent technique, rich aesthetic conception, truly surprising maturity. Made a distinct statement on the endowments required of a soloist, lavishly overflowing, yet held at bay by the symphonic framework ..."

Augusto Valera, Noticiero Universal, Barcelona, Spain

 

Lipovetsky: Balance, Vigor

"Everything about his performance had a nice balance. He has grand style and big-league technique, but has tempered its flashiness and exuberance with the patience and control he needs to see him through slow movements, and the sense of rhythmic timing to allow the music to breath and move with inevitability. His program balanced virtuoso extroversion with contemplative quietness, utter seriousness with light humor, and throughout, his approach was musical."

Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post

 

English orchestra puts on a classy act

"It was an evening of proper chamber music last night at the Florida Theatre as the English Chamber Orchestra treated an audience of more than 800 to a program of Elgar, Mozart, Bach and Tschaikovsky.

The English Chamber Orchestra is London's only full-time chamber orchestra and is recognized as one of the world's most distinguished ensembles. Under the direction of Sir Alexander Gibson, its two dozen members on tour put on a classy act.

After an introduction of the graceful, flowing Elgar pieces arranged by Donald Fraser came a solid performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat (KV 271). Soloist for the Mozart was Florida State University professor Leonidas Lipovetsky, who acquitted himself well in the demanding piece.

The Mozart selection was full of long, dashing runs and lengthy trills typical of work the composer wrote to showcase his own talents, but the real show was the contrast in styles between the stolid English orchestra and the Latin flourishes of Lipovetsky, a native of Uruguay."

Jonathan Rogers, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville

 

English Chamber Choir and English Players at Queen Elizabeth Hall

"Classical antiquity was again invoked in Poulenc'e delightful Aubade, part ballet on the theme of chastity of Diana, part brilliant concerto, with Leonidas Lipovetsky as the expert pianist, and irresistible in its fusion and cheeky irreverence, formal elegance and romantic sentiment.

The Daily Telegraph, London