Friedrich Lips


Accordion - Visiting Professor of Accordion

World-renowned as a concert virtuoso, chamber musician, arranger and educator

Author of the book ‘The Art of Bayan Playing’

Friedrich has performed works by Bach, Franck, Granados, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, Messaien, Couperin, Rameau, Daquin, Liadov, Mussorgsky, Khachaturyan, Kholminov, Zolotaryov, Shchedrin, Zhurbin, Repnikov and Volkov (of whom the last three have dedicated their accordion works to him).

He gave his first solo recital in Magnitogorsk in 1970 and since then has toured widely both in the Soviet Union and abroad. Friedrich combines concert activities with teaching, and two of his pupils (V. Dolgopolov and V. Muntyan) are international prize-winners. He arranges various classical works and compiles and edits collections of accordion pieces, participates in international conferences and seminars, and contributes articles to the press.

Friedrich was born in the small town of Yemanzhelinsk in the Urals. His father, a miner, was a dedicated music lover and began to teach his son to play the accordion when the boy was just five years old. After completing the course of the Magnitogorsk Music College Friedrich continued his studies at the Gnesins Musical-Pedagogic Institute in Moscow, where he subsequently took a post-graduate course with S. Kolobkov. His accordion master, a serious musician, introduced him to the art of the world’s greatest organists such as Robert Köbler and Albert Schweitzer.

At age 20, while in his second year at the Gnesins Musical-Pedagogic Institute, Moscow, Friedrich appeared at the International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal in 1969. The jury was captivated by his determination, original approach to interpretation, fine sense of style and manly straightforwardness combined with sincere emotion.

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