Arie Lipsky took the podium of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2000–2001 concert season. He came to Ann Arbor from his position as Resident Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Ashland, Ohio Symphony and Director of Chamber Music at the Chautauqua Institution. A native of Haifa, Israel, he has also conducted the Charleston, Indianapolis and New Jersey Symphonies and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. His training as a cellist included advanced study with Leonard Rose and master-classes with Pablo Casals. He is also an accomplished flautist. He holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and in Music which he received prior to serving in the Israeli Army. While still in his native country, he studied conducting with Noam Sheriff and Yoël Levi. After moving to the United States, Arie Lipsky served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio Opera. He moved to Buffalo, New York, in 1984 to become the Buffalo Philharmonic’s principal cellist and in 1988 became its Assistant Conductor. It was there that he met Paul Fetler and first performed Fetler’s Three Poems by Walt Whitman. A member of the New Arts Trio, Arie Lipsky records on the Fleur de Son Classics Label.