English composer Malcolm Lipkin was born in Liverpool on 2 May 1932, studying piano with Gordon Green and theory with Caleb Jarvis whilst a schoolboy. He then studied piano with Kendall Taylor and harmony and counterpoint with Bernard Stevens at the Royal College of Music in London. Later he studied composition with Mátyás Seiber, and was also guided by Anthony Milner.
He first came to prominence in 1951, aged nineteen, when he played his own Piano Sonata No 3 at the Gaudeamus Foundation Music Week in the Netherlands, and again the following year at a Macnaghten Concert in London.
He wrote orchestral music, including several concertos, chamber, instrumental, keyboard, choral and vocal music. He was also interested in music for young people, and was commissioned to write The Knight of the Grail for the New London Children's Choir, first performed at St James Piccadilly.
Recordings of his music include the string suite From Across La Manche - Gavin Sutherland conducting the Royal Ballet Sinfonia on Naxos, and a BBC recording of the three symphonies, released by Lyrita.
Malcolm Lipkin died on 2 June 2017, aged eighty-five.