An avid performer and promoter of chamber music, Richard Piippo also brings a wealth of solo, orchestral, and conducting experiences to audiences. He has Baccalaureate and Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His studies at UW-M were with George Sopkin of the Fine Arts Quartet. Further studies were enhanced by work with Pierre Fournierin Switzerland and Laszlo Varga and Margaret Rowell at the San Francisco Conservatory. His conducting studies have been with George Cleve, Donald Craig, and Marvin Rabin.
Since 1996, Piippo has spent his summers on the faculty of Seminar at Western Michigan University, as conductor, solo performer, teacher and coach. His work with the Detroit Symphony has included tours of Europe, Japan, Carnegie Hall and numerous recordings. In the fall of 1999, Piippo joined the faculty of Hope College as professor of cello/chamber music and conductor of orchestras.
He appears as soloist and chamber player throughout the United States and Canada, and performs as cellist with the Detroit Symphony and the Quartet Millennium. Critics have commented on his sure technique and lyrical style, which brings audiences an extraordinary musical experience.
Music Department, Hope College