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. Aaron is a three-time member of the NC All-State Honors Band and a sophomore at A.C. Reynolds High School. 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 BMC 2018 Concerto Competition and is a two-time recipient of the Ione M. Allen Music Scholarship. Aaron has soloed twice with the Asheville Clarinet Choir, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, for clarinet solo and clarinet choir. He currently plays principal clarinet in the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra; solo, principal and Eb clarinet in the Asheville Clarinet Choir and principal and Eb clarinet in the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band. Aaron placed 2nd in the Asheville Symphony 2018 Concerto Competition and 3rd in the Hendersonville Symphony 2018 Concerto Competition. Aaron is the grandson of composer Phillip Rhodes.