Igor Kipnis

Igor Kipnis
Igor Kipnis (27 September 1930 - 23 January 2002) was a well-known American harpsichordist and pianist.

The son of Russian bass Alexander Kipnis (1891 - 1978), and born in Berlin, he moved to the United States with his family in 1938. He learned the piano with his maternal grandfather, Heniot Levy (1879 - 1946); attended the Westport School of Music, and received his B.A. from Harvard University. He studied harpsichord with Fernando Valenti, and made his concert debut in New York in 1959. He was an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa (Harvard, 1977), and in 1993 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Illinois Wesleyan University.

Kipnis lived in Redding, Connecticut. For five years he was President and Artistic Director of the Friends of Music of Fairfield County, the Connecticut chamber music series, in addition to having served thirteen years as co-artistic director of the Connecticut Early Music Festival.

He married Judith Robison on January 6, 1953. They subsequently divorced, in May 1996, but reconciled shortly before her death on March 1, 2001 of the rare "salt and water" retention metabolic condition, Robison Syndrome.

He died in his home in Redding, Connecticut of renal cancer. His last concert was a solo piano recital in October 2001, in San Francisco. He is survived by his son, film, record producer, and Kipnis Studio Standard creator Jeremy R. Kipnis, his wife Carolina R. Kipnis, and beloved miniature schnauzer, Asta.