Dmitriy Lipay and Alexander Lipay (holding award) accepting the Grammy for "Best Surround Sound Album" (February 2017).
UCSB Department of Music alumnus Alexander Lipay '05 recently won the Grammy for "Best Surround Sound Album" for his work as a surround mix engineer on a Seattle Symphony album featuring the music of Henri Dutilleux. Conducted by Ludovic Morlot, the album features Dutilleux's Sur Le Même Accord, Les Citations, and Mystère De L'instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement. Mr. Lipay worked with his father, Dmitriy, who produced and engineered the album—Alexander's third Grammy nomination and his father's sixth. Mr. Lipay received a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute and Piano Performance from UCSB, where he studied with Professors Jill Felber (flute) and Paul Berkowitz (piano). He is currently Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony, and has held the position for eleven years.
About Alexander Lipay
2017 Grammy Award-winner Alexander Lipay is Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony. He holds the same position with the Tucson Pops, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, St. Andrew's Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, and the Sunriver Music Festival. He has performed as guest principal flute with the San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle Opera.
Mr. Lipay has performed as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tucson Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Hermitage Orchestra, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, St. Andrews’s Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, and the Arizona Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist at many music festivals including the International Music Festival "Musical Olympus" in St. Petersburg, Russia, International Music Festival “Moulin d’Ande” in France, and the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon, USA.
He is the Grand Prix winner of the 2015 International Festival-Competition of Arts “St Petersburg Christmas Assembly," First Prize winner of the 2004 MTNA Young Artist National Woodwind Competition, and the First Prize winner of the 2002 Santa Barbara Performing Arts Competition.
Mr. Lipay holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with two majors: flute and piano. His teachers include Jill Felber, Paul Berkowitz, and James Walker.