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Aaron Lipsky, Clarinet

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Aaron Lipsky started playing clarinet at age 11 in his 6th grade band program. He started taking lessons in 7th grade with Steve Loew, a former member of the U.S. Marine Band. He is currently a student at A.C. Reynolds High School.  Since then, Aaron has been a featured soloist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Asheville Clarinet Choir.   In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Aaron attended the Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Institute and Festival, where he was the youngest student in 2017 and a BMC Scholar in 2018.  He played principal clarinet in the Brevard Concert Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart and Ken Lam. During his time there, he studied with Steve Cohen, Eric Ginsberg and Ben Freimuth, as well as playing in masterclasses with Mr. Cohen and Mr. Freimuth. He was a semi-finalist in the Brevard Music Center 2018 Concerto Competition and is a two-time recipient of the Ione M. Allen Music Scholarship.  In the summer of 2019, Aaron attended the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program. While at Curtis, he played principal clarinet in the festival orchestra and was featured on a chamber music concert and a masterclass with the renowned Imani Winds.  Aaron is the grandson of American Composer Phillip Rhodes.