Alexander Lipay was appointed Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2006 by maestro George Hanson. He holds the same position with the Tucson Chamber Artists and St. Andrew's Bach Society Chamber Orchestra. Prior to this appointment Mr. Lipay was principal flute of the Cascade Symphony and assistant principal flute of the Debut Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal flute with the San Diego Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, and the Sunriver Music Festival. He is also a member of 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, Seattle Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Hermitage Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, and Arizona Symphonic Winds.
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. Mr. Lipay 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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