A highly respected and influential figure in Asia’s orchestral music scene, Yip Wing-sie has been the Music Director of Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2002. Positions she has previously held include the University Artist of The University of Hong Kong, the Ong Teng Cheong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, Principal Conductor and later Music Director of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Winner of the First Prize as well as “LYRE d’OR” in the 35th Concours International de Jeunes Chefs d’Orchestre de Besançon, France in 1985 and a prizewinner in the 8th Tokyo International Conducting Competition in 1988, Yip is in great demand as a guest conductor in Asia. Orchestras she has conducted include the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, China National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Mozart Players, the symphony orchestras of Sapporo, Yomiuri, Taiwan, Tasmania, Melbourne and Queensland as well as the Auckland Philharmonia of New Zealand. In Europe, Yip’s engagements have included concerts with the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse and the Chambre Orchestre de Besançon in France, Warsaw Philharmonic in Poland, Spain’s Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and the Czech State Orchestra of Košice. She has also conducted at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Vienna Musikverein (Grossersaal), Beijing Music Festival, Fukuoka’s Asian Month Festival in Japan, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Macao International Music Festival. Yip has collaborated with such renowned artists as Augustin Dumay, Fou Ts’ong, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. Operas she has conducted include Guo Wen-jin’s Poet Li Bai and the world première of La Peintre with Taiwan Philharmonic.
As Music Director of Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Yip has taken the orchestra on tour in recent years to Canada, the USA, Japan (La Folle Journée in Tokyo and Niigata), France (Festival International de Piano La Roque d’Anthéron, Les Flâneries Musicales d’Été in Reims and Saint-Riquier Festival), Italy (Festival Pianistico Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in Brescia and Bergamo and Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza), Poland (National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw), Beijing (National Centre for the Performing Arts), Shanghai (China Shanghai International Arts Festival/Expo 2010 Shanghai and Shanghai Spring International Music Festival), Lithuania and in the South America in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Born in Guangzhou and brought up in Hong Kong, Yip studied at the Royal College of Music in London before going on to the Indiana University at Bloomington, USA, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in violin performance and conducting. As the winner of the Koussevitsky Scholarship and the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Award, Yip spent the summers of 1986 and 1992 attending the conducting seminar and fellowship programmes at the Tanglewood Music Center. Her mentors included great maestros such as Norman Del Mar, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier and David Atherton. In 1990, Yip was named one of Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons. Other awards she has received include an honorary doctorate by the Open University of Hong Kong, “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France, Fellow of the Royal College of Music (FRCM), “Hong Kong Women of Excellence in the Six Arts Award” by the Hong Kong Federation of Women and the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Hong Kong Government.