Violinist Isabella Lippi, whose playing has been described as “flawlessly shimmering and captivating with warmth and urgent skill” (The Washington Post), began performing in public at the age of 10 when she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1989 Isabella Lippi won the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, so impressing Maestro Leonard Slatkin, that she became the first winner in 55 years invited to perform with the symphony in subscription concerts. Of those concerts under Maestro Slatkin, the St. Louis Dispatch declared, “Lippi is a standout, even among virtuosos.” In addition to the Chicago Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony, Isabella Lippi has performed with numerous orchestras around the country and the world. In January 1993, Isabella Lippi made her New York City recital debut at the 92nd Street Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts.
Ms. Lippi has been a featured artist on a number of radio stations throughout the United States, including WQXR in New York, WNIB in Chicago and KFAC in Los Angeles, and in a nationally distributed educational program entitled Encounters. She is featured on a CD on the Koch International label which contains complete works for violin and piano and the solo works by the late composer, Miklos Rozsa.
Born in Chicago, Isabella Lippi’s teachers have included Robert Lipsett in Los Angeles, Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School, and Almita and Roland Vamos in Chicago. Ms. Lippi is currently concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.