With sadness we inform you of the untimely passing of HaChossid, HaTomim, HaRav, HaBaal Menagen, Eliyahu ben Aryeh Zev Lipsker of Crown Heights. He was 76.
Eli Lipsker was internationally known as a leading exponent of Chassidic music, His numerous concert appearances as well as his original compositions have received the highest praise from audiences and critics in the U.S. and abroad. His vibrant tenor voice and accordion have appeared on many beloved Chassidic recordings.
In addition to his devotion to the propagation of Chabad-Lubavitch nigunnim, he worked with the recordings of Modzitzer, Bobov, Viznitz and Gerer Chassidim. He served as the first music director for the very popular Pirchei Agudah recordings 1 and 2. These recordings were the first of their kind - an all Yeshiva boys professional group. Over the years his contributions have added a new dimension to the performance of this uniquely Jewish music.
Eli Lipsker was born in the former Soviet Union. At an early age his unique musical talents became apparent. His family emigrated to Israel in 1948. The Lipsker home was always filled with an abundance of Chassidic singing, and he developed passion for the nigunnim. The young Eli taught himself to play the recorder and accordion by ear. Through these media, he was ale to express himself musically.
In 1957, Lipsker was enrolled in the world-famous Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn, N.Y. where the dream of living in physical close proximity to the Lubavitcher Rebbe was finally fulfilled. The Rebbe offered much encouragement and blessing for Eli to develop his music skills alongside his Talmudic and Chassidic studies. At Manhattan School of Music, and under the tutelage of leading music teachers and professors he studies piano, accordion, theory and composition. Eli Lipsker has become a pathfinder, paving the way for other observant musicians to follow.
For many years Eli taught music in Jewish Day Schools, where he served as a music director and choir leader. He served as soloist and musical advisor for the recordings of Lubavitcher Chassidim. He recorded his own original Chassidic Nigunnim, together with his children's and adult choirs. Most recently, Eli produced tapes designed to teach Nusach Hatfillah, which help youngsters and adults conduct synagogue services for weekday, Shabbos and holidays.