Stephen Yip was born in Hong Kong and is now living in the United States. 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 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, Navona Records, 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.

Albums

Whispering Fragrance

Release Date: August 10, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6175
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
East Asian
Piano Trio
Violin
On WHISPERING FRAGRANCE, his first solo album with Navona Records, composer Stephen Yip merges serenity with agitation, earthiness with sophistication and the mundane with the sublime. The result is an original creation that is unapologetically post-modern, yet deeply rooted in Chinese traditionalism.
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Turbulent Sky

Release Date: November 13, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6012
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
String Orchestra
Navona Records’ compilation of contemporary works for orchestra, TURBULENT SKY, presents works by composers Fred Broer, William Coble, and Stephen Yip that explore and celebrate the dramatic fanfare, intricate textures, and variety of timbres possible with the orchestra.
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Paper Clips

Release Date: August 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5879
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Trombone
For too long the trombone has been ignored as a central instrument in contemporary music. On PAPER CLIPS, trombonist Andy Malloy proves the instrument's capabilities of being a driving force and, along with pianist Karolina Rojahn, its collaborative appeal. An unabashed champion for the trombone, Malloy commissioned each work on this album specifically to expand the often overlooked instrument's repertoire.
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Fire & Time

Release Date: May 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5871
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
With FIRE & TIME, Navona presents a compilation by six American composers of orchestral works united by an expansive and sublime musical vision. With programmatic influences ranging from Jungian philosophy to musings on ancient Korean art to descriptions of contrasting mountain vistas, each piece on this album asks us to not only reflect on our collective past but our communal future as well.
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Mosaic

Release Date: March 1, 2010
Catalog Number: NV5825
21st Century
Chamber
Piano
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