Alexander Lipay has been the principal flutist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Prior to this appointment Mr. Lipay was the principal flutist of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal flutist of the Debut Symphony Orchestra. In December of 2008 he was invited to play principal flute with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in their performances of the Mahler 6th Symphony. Mr. Lipay frequently performs as a guest principal flutist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He also plays for the SeattleMusic recording company.
Mr. Lipay has performed extensively as a chamber musician playing various recitals with woodwind quartets, quintets, and other ensembles. He has performed as a soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Arizona Chamber Orchestra.
He has also played as a soloist at many music festivals including the prestigious International Festival "Musical Olympus" in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the International Music Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. He was the 1st prize winner of several competitions held in the US, including the MTNA Young Artist National Woodwind Competition in 2004.
Principal teachers include James Walker, Jill Felber, and Paul Berkowitz (piano). In 2004 Alexander studied with Sir James Galway in Switzerland. Alexander holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with two majors: flute and piano.
What music is on your iPod?
I don't have an iPod
What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?
My first performance was in 1st grade. I played several piano pieces in a recital.
Why did you choose your instrument?
My Grandfather was a flute player.
What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece
anything by Mozart
What do you do besides music?
Where did you go to school?
UC Santa Barbara ( bachelors ) University of Southern California (masters)
What are your favorite places in Tucson?
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