Discipline: Music Composition

Austin Yip

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Hong Kong, HONG KONG
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

As a composer and multimedia artist, Austin Yip’s works investigate the relationship between literature and sound, as well as the meaning of connotation and denotation through musical and visual means. Recent works include Koto, a chamber theatre work inspired by Yasunari Kawabata’s novel of the same title; City Beats (2019), a work for harpsichord, electronics, and video that challenges musical connotation; Miles Upon Miles (2018), a work for amplified violin and electronics that juxtaposes violin and Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam; Project ‘Ballet de la nuit’: Eurydice (2017), an hour-long electroacoustic work that investigates on the 17th century’s cross-casting tradition; and Metamorphosis (2016), an orchestral work that portrays Kafka’s novel musically. Yip’s works are published by Donemus (Netherlands), he was awarded the CASH Golden Sail Music Award in 2017, and is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

In residence, Yip wrote the draft of his chamber opera Grandma; String Quartet No.6; and a solo violin work entitled In the Mind of... while at MacDowell Studio.



Austin Yip worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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