Kivie Cahn-Lipman holds degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard and is a DMA candidate at CCM. He is the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with which he performs regularly to international critical acclaim, as well as gambist, lironist, and director of ACRONYM, a new period-instrument ensemble. An avid performer of contemporary music, Kivie has played more than 500 solo and small ensemble world premieres. He has recorded for the Naxos, New Focus, Bridge, New Amsterdam, Tzadik, ECM, Kairos, Mode, Tundra, Starkland, Olde Focus, and Nonesuch labels. As a chamber musician, Kivie has performed frequently in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and other major venues on three continents, as well as live on WNYC 93.9 in New York and WFMT 98.7 in Chicago. His 2014 recording of the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach was praised for its "eloquent performances," "fresh thinking," and "energy and zeal" (The Strad). Kivie taught cello in a full-time position shared between Smith College and Mount Holyoke College from 2005-2012 and has been a faculty member at the Cortona Sessions for New Music since 2012.