Polish-born pianist Igor Lipinski made his orchestra debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s Performance Today and performed with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, and Paderewski Symphony Orchestra at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
He maintains an active concert career in the U.S. including a live broadcast recital at Chicago’s premiere classical music station 98.7 WFMT and “33 Variations,” an award-winning theater play based on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.
At age 12, Lipinski won the Grand Prix and the First Prize at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Tuchów, Poland. At 17, he played the role of a pianist in Kazimierz Braun’s theatre play “Paderewski’s Children” at the University at Buffalo. A year later, he graduated from the Paderewski Music High School in Tarnów, Poland where he studied piano with Jaroslaw Iwaneczko.
Lipinski earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Musical Arts and Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester where he studied piano under the tutelage of Douglas Humpherys. As a teaching assistant of Vincent Lenti and Tony Caramia, he received Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Lipinski continued his graduate studies at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music earning his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Alan Chow. Upon graduation from Northwestern, Lipinski joined the piano faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as the Lecturer of Piano where he received the KMTA Teacher of the Year award. In Fall 2017, Lipinski joined the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma as the Assistant Professor of Piano.
Lipinski’s students have won multiple awards including the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition and the Oklahoma MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition. Lipinski has been an adjudicator for many national piano competitions including Texas Music Teachers Association State Conference in Houston and the Young Artist Piano Competition Finals of the 2020 MTNA National Conference in Chicago where he was also selected to present a conference session entitled “Reimagining The Piano Recital: Creative Ideas To Engage Your Audience.”
Lipinski’s research interests focus on the history of recital programming featured in his DMA dissertation “From Liszt to Victor Borge: A Legacy of Unique Piano Performances.” Recognized for his own creative programming, Lipinski unified two of his lifelong passions, classical music and magic, in a unique recital program Piano Illusions. Originally developed for his honors senior thesis at Eastman, Lipinski collaborated on the program with Teller of Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller and won the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway. In light of his success in New York, Lipinski presented “Piano Illusions” at renowned concert series and festivals including Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City and Musica del Cuore Concert Series in Hong Kong.
Highlights of recent concert seasons include recitals at the San Francisco International Piano Festival, College of Charleston International Piano Series in Charleston, South Carolina, The Evelyn Miller Young Pianists Series in Knoxville, Tennessee, and WNYC’s Greene Space in New York City.
Since 2020, he has released several albums under his own record label Vanishing Records including Alchemy, Ravel, Masterpieces, and Liszt, all available on Spotify and Apple Music. His upcoming 2022 release will feature an album of piano music by Czech composer Leoš Janáček.
Terry Lynn Hudson
Terry Lynn Hudson is Associate Professor of Piano at Baylor University. A native of Maryland, she began her formal musical study at the Peabody Preparatory of Music and completed the institution’s Advanced Certificate program in piano. She earned degrees in Piano Performance from James Madison University (BM, summa cum laude), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), where she was named the Couper Presidential Scholar in Piano Performance.
Dr. Hudson is a committed performer, presenting recitals as a soloist, duo pianist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America, as well as a prizewinner in competitions sponsored by the American College of Musicians, Music Teachers National Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota. She has a special affinity for French piano literature and contemporary ensemble works, and her programs often feature this repertoire. She is an MSR recording artist; her most recent recording on the label, a two-disc set of the complete Debussy Préludes, has been reviewed as an “exemplary reading” displaying “a fine, graded, and intimate sensibility,” “a very impressive arsenal of technical skills,” and “a tremendous variety of piano colors.” In the words of a recent commentator, “I regularly review American pianists with university positions and am impressed whenever I run across an exceptional one. Hudson is among the two or three most gifted that I’ve heard, and I can enthusiastically recommend her Debussy.” World and regional premieres include Rachel McInturff’s The Jagged Persistence of Memory, Larry Barnes’s Rituals for Six Pianos, and selections from Edward Taylor’s Ashlee Preludes.
Other professional activity includes presentations and lecture-recitals at national, regional, and state conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and Texas Music Educators Association. Dr. Hudson has been published in American Music Teacher, College Music Symposium, and the MTNA E-Journal. An active member of several professional organizations, she has been especially involved in The College Music Society during the past decade, serving as a national officer and chairing multiple committees.
Dr. Hudson is a frequent adjudicator at competitions and festivals, and has earned invitations to teach lessons and masterclasses in London, Paris, Salzburg, San José (Costa Rica), and throughout the U.S. Her students have continued on to prestigious graduate programs, solo and collaborative performance engagements, pre-collegiate and collegiate teaching positions, and competitive recognition at Baylor and beyond, including the designation of Steinway Artist.
Dr. Se-Hee Jin has been acclaimed for her keen musical intelligence and exquisite sensitivity. Dr. Jin is Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas Tech University, having joined the faculty in 2022. She has concertized and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, China, and Korea.
As a solo pianist, Dr. Jin has been featured in various recitals, including concerts at the Weill-Carnegie Hall, Kaufman Music Center, Bentley Recital Hall, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. She participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. She has performed a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to the music of our times, continuing her solo projects on The Art of Fugue by J. S. Bach and music written by Russian Romantic composers and American living composers. Dr. Jin has also presented her collaborative performances with distinguished musicians in the United States and abroad. She has appeared in Backstage Pass on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, Women in Music Festival, Festival of Contemporary Music, and various chamber music concerts.
As a founder and artistic director, Dr. Jin has presented two new music concert series – American Living Composer Series for composer portrait recitals and N (AND) Series for solo piano music representing two different nationalities. The concert series featured the music of Pulitzer Prize winners and leading composers, including John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen, Louis Karchin, Zhang Zhao, and Tan Dun. She has presented the concert series in several venues in the New York and Oklahoma areas. The concert series was supported by universities and the regional art council.
Dr. Jin has performed and given master classes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Canada, Italy, China, and Korea. She holds the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Literature (Minor in Music Theory) from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) with a Bachelor of Music degree. Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech University, she taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Rochester.