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Stephen Yip

Houston, TX      

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“Stephen Yip has an extraordinary way of creating a post-Darmstadtian modernism that incorporates his Chinese roots with a subtlety that gives us a vivid experience of the inner colors of an advanced spatial sense. It leaves us with a feeling of focused tranquility. He is a genuine voice in new music today.”

—Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Yip was born in Hong Kong and now living in U.S.A. He received his doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.) at Rice University and bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, studied with Law Wing-fai, Clarence Mak, and Arthur Gottschalk. He has attended major music festivals including: Wellesley Composers Conference, Aspen Music Festival, Asian Composers’ League, ISCM World Music Days, Chinese Composers’ Festival, IMPULS Ensemble Akademie, Luxembourg, the International Summer Course for New Music, Darmstadt, Germany, Wellesley Composers’ Conference. Residencies include: the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Yaddo Colony and MacDowell Colony.

Yip’s works have been performed in the Asia, Europe and America. He has received several composition prizes, included “Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award”, “Taiwan Music Center International Composition Prize”, “Robert Avalon International Prize”, “Singapore International Composition Competition for Chinese Orchestra”, the ALEA III composition Competition, and the 2010 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra Freestyle Composition Competition, London, England. His works are recorded in the ERM-Media, PARMA, Capstone, North South recording, Ablaze records, ATMA Classique, and Beauport Classical labels.

Yip is a member of the SCI, NACUSA, and ASCAP. Currently, he is on the music faculty at Houston Community College and works as a freelance composer.

More information: www.stephen-yip.com

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Dark Side of the Shadows

This chamber piece, “Dark Side of the Shadows” was a reflection of Jun’chirõ Tanizaki’s book, “In praise of Shadows”. After reading this book, the composer found it is delight to see the flowing commentary on different aspects of Japanese life and art such as architecture, drama, food, feminine beauty in mixing of traditional Japanese aesthetic and technologies. Tanizaki clearly makes his own concept on softer, quieter, darker, more shadowy, older aesthetic tradition. It comes with a very unique sense of beauty to capture the sounds of silence

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The Legendary Phoenix

This solo piano and orchestra, “The Legendary of Phoenix” was inspired by a National Treasure of Korea masterpiece artwork, “Gilt-Bronze Incense Burner of Baekje”, during the visitation at the National Museum of Korea in 2009, Seoul.

This artwork was probably made in the 6th century (Baekje Dynasty). The Baekje Incense Burner can be classified in four parts: the body, lid, the phoenix-shaped knob, and the support plate. The base and the top parts of this artwork can be found two mythical creatures: Dragon and phoenix and which suggests a

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