Bassist, and composer Jeffrey Kipperman is originally from Yorktown Heights, New York. Jeffrey’s first instrument was piano, which he began playing at age three. His studies on the string bass began at age 10. Jeffrey holds a Masters in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami, and Masters of Music in Classical Bass from The New England Conservatory of Music. He also holds a B.A. in Bass Performance from Brandeis University, where in his senior year he was the winner of the Brandeis Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Upon graduation from Brandeis, Jeffrey received the Reiner Prize for Music Composition, awarded to one graduating senior for excellence in composition.
As a bass player, Mr. Kipperman has performed with numerous classical, jazz, and world music ensembles. These groups include the Aspen Music Festival Fellowship Big Band, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Caramoor Virtuosi Orchestra, the Tanglewood Bach Cantata Project Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra In the summer of 2001 at Tanglewood, Jeffrey became the first bass player to participate in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. From 2004-2008 Jeffrey was a member of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra in Merida, Mexico. During that time, he was also a bass player and composer with the contemporary music ensemble Sequenza Sur, and performed and recorded with Mexican guitarist Alberto Paloma.
As an educator, Mr. Kipperman has more than 15 years of experience as a private instructor, teaching classical music, jazz, music theory, and composition. While in Merida, he taught bass, jazz, and chamber music at the Yucatan Academy of the Arts, as well As teaching at several high school programs.
Jeffrey is currently pursuing a Doctor or Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Miami, where he also works as a teaching assistant in both the classical and jazz departments. In Miami, Jeffrey has also taught bass, improvisation, and chamber music at the Great Miami Youth Symphony’s summer camp, as well as the University of Miami’s summer music camp. Mr. Kipperman is an active performing musician in Miami, having played with the New World Symphony, Miami Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, and various jazz ensembles, including his own group. As a Mancini Fellow in the Frost School of Music, Jeffrey has performed with Gloria Gaynor, the Beach Boys, Steve Miller, Foreigner, Terrence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marc O’Conner, and Dave Grusin, among others.