Andrew Lipke is a South African-born composer and multi-instrumentalist. Since moving to Philadelphia in 1996 to pursue a degree in composition at the University of the Arts, he has since become an arranger, producer, composer, performer, and educator. This performance marks his San Francisco Symphony debut.
Mr. Lipke has produced dozens of records for local and regional artists and released six solo albums. In 2010, he formed the Azrael String Quartet to perform music he had written for his album The Plague. The album was subsequently reimagined as a full-length oratorio, performed in concert with Choral Arts Philadelphia in 2016. His 2012 work Siddiqah was choreographed by the Columbus Dance Theatre. Other projects include composing a punk rock score for the EPIX film Back Issues:The Hustler Magazine Story, writing orchestral arrangements for Amos Lee's concert with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and composing a major work on commission for Curtis Institute of Music's quartet-in-residence, the Aizuri Quartet. His sixth studio release Siddhartha was released in 2015 and features members of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium. In 2017, he premiered the second installment of the album cycle Kamala as a concert piece written for vocal ensemble Variant 6 and harpist Elizabeth Steiner.
Through his involvement with the Philadelphia based nonprofit LiveConnections, Mr. Lipke has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra creating cross—genre presentations for underserved youth, highlighting the transformative and boundary—crossing nature of music. In 2016, he completed a yearlong residency at Henry H. Houston Elementary school in Philadelphia resulting in the creation of an album of original music, A Day in My Life written and performed by the students. He is currently a resident artist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.