Manuel Lipstein
*2001 in Germany

Kronberg Academy Bachelor
Studies with Frans Helmerson
funded by the Dr Rainer und Christel Stoll Stipendium

Manuel Lipstein


Manuel Lipstein was born in Bergisch Gladbach in 2001 and began playing the cello at the age of six. He has been a junior student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne since 2011 where he was taught in the class of Katharina Deserno until 2015, afterwards moving to Maria Kliegel. In addition, he has taken part in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Andreas Brantelid, Jan Vogler, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Ivry Gitlis, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Leonid Gorokhov, Ralph Kirshbaum, Johannes Moser and Arto Noras.

In 2013, Lipstein won no fewer than three awards: the Grand Prix in his age category at the “Concours Flame” international competition for young musicians in Paris, first prize and a special award for artistic expression at the Karl Adler Competition, and third prize in the International Dotzauer Competition for Young Cellists in Dresden, where he was the youngest competitor in his age group. He was awarded second place in the 2014 Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition followed by first prize in the Concours International de Violoncelle de Woluwe-Saint-Pierre “Prix Edmond Baert” in 2015 in Brussels. In 2016, both as part of a piano trio with Linda Guo (violin) and Alexandra Momot (piano) as well as in the solo category, he received several first prizes and achieved the highest score in the national “Jugend musiziert” competition. He was also awarded associated special prizes by Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. In the same year he likewise received the WDR 3 Klassik Prize of the City of Münster. In 2018, as the youngest competitor, he was awarded third prize in the TONALi competition.

Manuel Lipstein made his solo debut with orchestras at the age of just eight. He performs regularly as a duo with his brother, the pianist Rafael Lipstein, and they have given concerts together in the Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and the Beijing Concert Hall. Manuel Lipstein also composes his own works. In September 2016 he was awarded the WESPE special award for “Best interpretation of an own composition” for his “Four Pieces for Cello Solo”.

Manuel Lipstein participated in the 2018 Cello Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy. Since October 2019, he has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. These studies are funded by the Dr. Rainer und Christel Stoll Stipendium.

Last updated: October 2019