Biography

With music at the core of his being, Philip Lipton is a dedicated performer, composer and educator. Lipton is the Principal Clarinet of the North Charleston POPS! Orchestra.  Lipton is also the founder of the Kleztonians, a band which specializes in a fusion of traditional Jewish music. As a soloist, he has shared his Influence of Benny Goodman concert by touring extensively in California and across the Southeast. While Lipton spends much of his time performing and preparing for concerts, he is also an inspired educator and composer bringing his melodic art to the ears of audiences across the country.

Lipton has implemented circular breathing, looping and extended techniques, allowing him to explore fresh new avenues of writing and performance.  In 2018, he debuted as a featured composer in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and will release his debut album titled Metamorphosis, a Live Sound Journey this year. Lipton is Professor of Clarinet at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. At El Sistema, El Salvador, Lipton helped in building the conservatory’s chamber music program with the nonprofit MUSAID. Lipton is also a certified yoga instructor and blends yoga breathing and stretching into his teachings. It is safe to say, Lipton literally lives and breathes music.

A former International Gilman Scholar, Lipton completed his Spanish language and culture diploma from The University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Florida and completed his Master of Music degree in Performance from the Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana University. Lipton’s greatest joy is sharing his talent and passion with other musicians, students and audiences of all ages.