Location: Rochester / Hochstein School of Music and Dance
Phone: (585) 752-5087
Pia Liptak, violinist, performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the United States. She is the concertmaster of the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Exploring new music and collaborating with contemporary composers mark much of Pia’s current performing work. She has performed extensively with Japanese koto-player Ryuko Mizutani. As Duo vio-LINK-oto, Ryuko and Pia have recorded three CDs , the latest two from Centaur Records. With pianist Sylvie Beaudette in Liptak-Beaudette Duo, Pia has performed programs with American, Danish, and Canadian themes.
In 2009, Pia formed the chamber orchestra Cordancia with oboist/attorney Kathleen Suher. Cordancia is a not-for-profit organization for which Pia is the artistic director and concertmaster.
Pia Liptak holds diplomas in piano and violin from the Carl Nielsen Academy in Odense, Denmark – her native country – and a doctor of musical arts degree in violin performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to her relocation in the USA, Pia served as the concertmaster of the Danish string ensemble Den Fynske Sinfonietta, was a member of the Odense Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of Trio la Corda. For five years, Pia taught violin at the Odense Music School and was the manager of concerts and public relations at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music.
Among numerous grants and honors, Pia has received support from the Fulbright Program, the Danish Cultural Ministry, the State Music Council, Knud Højgaards Fond, the Augustinus Fond, the Chapin Grant, and the Arts and Cultural Council in Rochester/the New York Foundation for the Arts. At three occasions she was granted month-long stays for research projects at San Cataldo in Southern Italy, a center for Danish scientists and artists. She now resides in Rochester with her husband, composer David Liptak. Learn more about her by visiting her website.