Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "formidable guitarist" (Chicago Magazine) enjoys a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel has been the resident guitarist for acclaimed new music group the International Contemporary Ensemble since 2005, and has been a guest with many ensembles as well, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, Either/Or Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, counter(induction, Argento New Music Project, and Cygnus Ensemble as well as being a founding member of new music quartet Flexible Music. Featured solo appearances include The Greene Space at WNYC and the premiere of Dai Fujikura's Sparking Orbit with the SWR Electronic Studio at the ZKM in Karlsruhe (Germany). Recent recital highlights include the Sinus Ton Festival (Germany), the New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Triangle (N.C.) classical guitar societies, University of Texas at San Antonio, Tangents Guitar Series at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Cleveland International Guitar Festival (CIM). As a chamber musician, Lippel has performed at the Macau Music Festival (China), the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Aspekte Festival (Austria), Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brasil), Sibelius Academy (Finland), Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne, Germany), Ojai Music Festival, and Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall. He has worked closely with many eminent composers including Mario Davidovsky, John Zorn, Ursula Mamlok, and Nils Vigeland, and also collaborated on new works with several of contemporary music’s most active mid-career composers.
In addition to New Focus, Lippel has recorded for several labels including Kairos, Wergo, Innova, Tzadik, Bridge, Albany, Centaur, and Starkland. Lippel is an active performer in non-classical contexts as well, having performed solo sets of his own music for amplified classical guitar and effects at Tokyo's O-Nest, Paris' Café de la Danse, Krakow's Unsound Festival, and the Knitting Factory in New York. As a member of the eclectic indie group Mice Parade, Lippel appeared on the Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Sydney Festival (Australia), Bestival (U.K.), as well as on numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His performances in improvised contexts include long term duo collaborations with instrumentalist/composers Aidan Plank, Martin Moretto, and Cory Smythe. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin, writing his dissertation on the guitar works of Mario Davidovsky.