Stephen Yip

Art Discipline: 
Houston, TX
United States
Dates of Residence: 
May 19, 2008 to May 30, 2008

Stephen Yip was born in Hong Kong, and currently lives in Houston, Texas. He obtained music degrees, DMA (2001) and MM (1997) from Rice University, with mentors Arthur Gottschalk and Ellsworth Milburn and BFA (1996) from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with mentors Law Wing-fai, Clarence Mak and Yip Wing-sie (conducting). He has attended music festivals such as: the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado; the Asian Composers' League, Philippines; the California E.A.R. Unit Composer Seminar, the June in Buffalo, New York; the Music X Festivals, Ohio; the 13th International Summer Program, Czech Republic, the IMPULS Ensemble Akademie, Austria, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraka.

Yip's works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China, and Philippines. He was the finalist in the 2001 Composition Competition of the international New Music Consortium, and the Foundation Orchestra Association's International composition Competition; received "Honorable Mentions" in the 1st International EPICMUSIC Composition Prize, and 2004 International Biennial Competition, by the Debussy Trio Music Foundation and won the "Haifa International Composition Prize", Molinari Quartet's Third International Composition Competition, the 2006 NODUS/New Music Miami Festival Composition Competition, the Accent/Music05 composition competition, "ERM Masterworks" composition prize, the 2007 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Emerging Composers Competition, ALEA III composition Competition.

His works are recorded in the label of ERM-Media compact disc series, "Masterworks of the New Era" and the ATMA Classique label performed by Molinari Quartet. His music has been selected in the program of several major music conferences and festivals such as: National Society of Composers Conference, College Music Society International Conference, CMS South Central Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Chapter, the National Association of Composers/USA, New Mexico Composers' Symposium and SCI Region VII conference, ISCM World Music Days 2005, in Zagreb, Croatia and 2005, 2006 Musicarama new music festival, Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Art Festival.

Yip is a member of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, Society of Composers, College Music Society and the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers. Yip has served as music director and organist at catholic churches in 1999 to 2005. He has also served as the music panelists for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston in 2001 to 2003. Currently, he serves music faculty at Houston Community College.

During the residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2008, he is planning to compose a new piece for a large western ensemble.