Biography

Philip Lipton is the Principal Clarinet of the North Charleston POPS! Orchestra.  His work with the POPS includes the POPS!KidZ outreach to Title One instrumental programs.
Regionally, he concertizes in a variety of chamber music and orchestral settings including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Charleston Opera Company performances, as well as the Magnetic South contemporary music concerts. As a soloist, he has toured his Influence of Benny Goodman concert extensively in California and across the Southeast. His performances abroad have included collaborations with the Orford Academy of the Arts faculty Woodwind Octet in Quebec. While Philip spends much of his time performing and preparing for concerts, he is also an inspired educator and composer.

Circular breathing, looping and extended techniques have allowed him to explore fresh new avenues of writing and performance.  Each of his works are inspired by his own life experience.  In 2018, he debuted as a featured composer/performer in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and with the support of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs’ Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant he recorded his debut album titled Metamorphosis, a Live Sound Journey. Mr. Lipton is Professor of Clarinet at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.  He also teaches clarinet at the Charleston Academy of Music.  At El Sistema, El Salvador, Philip helped in building the conservatory’s chamber music program in coordination with the nonprofit MUSAID. He is also a certified yoga instructor and incorporates yoga breathing and stretches as a warmup during clarinet lessons.

A former International Gilman Scholar, Philip completed his Spanish language and culture diploma from The University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. Philip was runner-up Artist in Music Performance, South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship 2016. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Florida where he studied clarinet with Dr. Guy Yehuda and graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Lipton completed his Master of Music degree in Performance from the Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana University, where studied clarinet with James Campbell.