Works performed by Earplay:

Insight II

The music of Stephen Yip has been described as post-modernist in style, with Asian roots, giving the inner colors of an advanced spatial sense. Yip was born in Hong Kong and now lives in the U.S. He received his D.M.A. from Rice University and his B.F.A. from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has studied with Law Wing-fai, Clarence Mak, and Arthur Gottschalk.

Yip has attended major music festivals, including the 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), and the Wellesley Composers Conference. His 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, including the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, the Taiwan Music Center International Composition Prize, the Robert Avalon International Prize, the Singapore International Composition Competition for Chinese Orchestra, the ALEA III composition Competition, the 2010 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra Freestyle Composition Competition, and the 2016 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition. His works are recorded on 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. His website is

[from program for March 20, 2017 concert]