Andrew Lipian is an award-winning composer and countertenor whose career in music began in England at the age of 13 – where he was identified as a countertenor by Marc Wildman, then-Head of Vocal Studies at the London Royal Academy of Music.
From there, Lipian would trailblaze in the countertenor field, being the first to win the NATS Competition, place a Top Prize at the Classical Singer’s Competition in NYC, win the Top Prize at the Cleveland Singer’s Club Competition, and was the first countertenor accepted to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in its history. As a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Lipian later obtained his Masters in Music from the University of Michigan, where he studied voice and game audio.
Lipian has composed music for games and film, which have garnered critical acclaim and awards such as the game 10 Degrees (awarded for music by the optiMize organization), as well as for games Triple Attack, Gunrazor, and others while including many films with the Cleveland 48-hr Film Festival. Lipian was also a recipient of the Game Audio Network Guild’s (G.A.N.G) GDC Scholarship, a board on which Lipian now serves in an advisory capacity and chairs the G.A.N.G. Scholar Alumni Committee. His award-winning piece “Face the Fight,” was featured at the Game Developers Conference Demo Derby.
Besides composition, he has performed in concert venues throughout the world, taking on roles in oratorio and opera as varied as Oberon in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Ruggiero in Handel’s “Alcina” to a host of Musical Theater works (several of which Lipian directed). Lipian also soloed with the Video Games Live orchestra, performing music from video games.
Andrew Lipian also currently serves in the Ohio Air National Guard, where he is a veteran of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom Sentinel. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his spouse, Melinda, and their three children.