Sad news: America’s foremost piano teacher has diedmain
We have been informed that Seymour Lipkin, the cherished professor of piano at Curtis and Juilliard, died Monday night at Blue Hill Hospital, in Maine.
He was 88 years old and had been in poor health for a while.
Born in Detroit, Seymour studied at Curtis with Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and David Saperton. In 1948 he won the Rachmaninoff Competition. Later he became known as a formidable Beethoven specialist.
He played with all the major US orchestras but was quickly recognised as one of the great educators. He joined the Curtis faculty in 1969 and Juilliard in 1986.
pictured with Vladimir Horowitz and Mrs Rachmaninoff.
News of the death was confirmed to Slipped Disc by Robert Clements, President of Trustees at Kneisel Hall, where Seymour was artistic director since 1986. Robert spoke to Seymour’s wife, Ellen Werner, this morning.
The funeral will be in Maine, today or tomorrow.
Our condolences to Ellen and the family.