Friedrich Lips

Friedrich Lips

Friedrich Lips is not only one of the most well-known and most renowned musicians of Russia, but he received also broad international recognition. The versatile creative activity of Friedrich Lips, People’s Artist of Russia and professor at the Russian Gnessin Music Academy determines also the recent development of the academic bayan essentially. F. Lips appeared in the most famous concert halls of the world (Big Hall of the Tschaikovsky conservatory – Moscow, Santory Hall – Tokyo, Lincoln center – New York, J. F. Kennedy center – Washington, Concertgebouw – Amsterdam) with many outstanding musicians: among others G. Roshdestvensky, V. Spivakov, G. Kremer, Y. Bashmet, V. Gergiev, R. Kofman, Yo-Yo Ma.

Lips’art of interpretation is documented on many CDs (about 40) released in Russia, Japan, the USA, Austria and Sweden. Among the graduates of the class of Professor Lips are about 40 winners of national and international competitions.

Lips is an author of two books “The Art of Bayan Playing” and “The Art of the Bayan Transcription”, as well as a set of articles on the art of the bayan. The books and articles are published in Russia and abroad in their translation in German, English and other languages. Lips is initiator, author and publisher of some volumes of the concert repertoire for bayanists, among others the unique “Anthology for Bayan” in 10 volumes.

Lips did the first performance of nearly 80 works for bayan, among them concerts and sonatas of the most important contemporary composers such as S. Gubaidulina, E. Denisov, A. Kholminov, Vl. Solotaryov, K. Volkov, P. Londonov, R. Ledenev, S. Berinsky, E. Podgaits, M. Bronner, T. Sergeyeva, A. Shurbin, and many others.

Lips is member and president of jury of many Russian and international competitions. On his initiative and under his artistic direction the international festival “Bayan and Bayanists” has been held in Moscow annually since 1989, the best Russian and foreign soloists are taking part. Since 1996 F.Lips has been holding the chair for folk instruments at the Russian Gnessin Music Academy (since 2004 chair for bayan and accordion).

In 1993 he was awarded the “Silver Disc” of the festival “Bayan and Bayanists”. In 1994 president B.N. Yeltsin presented the distinction of a “People’s Artist of Russia” to Friedrich Lips in the Kremlin , and in 2001, due to a degree by president V.V. Putin “the order of friendship” was given to him. Further information about Friedrich Lips at