Viola YipNew York, NY
A native of Hong Kong, Viola Yip is a New York-based composer and performer, who tries to find the boundaries and push them in her sound world.
Her compositions are not limited to acoustic music, electronic music, graphic scores and structured improvisations. Recent works have appeared in ArtX at Bowling Green State University, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Ravinia Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, TEDXSMU, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NASA saxophone conference, ThingNY spam v3.0 concert, Quiet City concert, Vox Novus Concert, Musicarama concert series (Hong Kong) and Buffalo PAUSA Art House.
Her teachers include Richard Carrick, Christopher Coleman, Christopher Keyes, Derek Johnson, Christopher Dietz and Elainie Lillios. The materclasses/ individual lessons with Josh Levine, David Rakowski, Amy Beth Kirsten, Dániel Péter Biró, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf has also imposed a significant influence on her music.
As a new music advocate, she performs contemporary works regularly as a pianist, speaker and improviser. Her recent interest falls on using her own voice as an instrument and exploring the expressivity and musicality of the human natural voice.