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Profile: Yip Wing-sie

Yip Wing-sie

A highly respected and influential figure in Asia's orchestral music scene, Yip Wing-sie has been the Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2002 and is also the Principal Guest Conductor at the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Guangzhou and brought up in Hong Kong, Wing-sie studied at the Royal College of Music in London before going on to Indiana University at Bloomington, in the 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, Wing-sie spent the summers of 1986 and 1992 attending the conducting seminars and fellowship programmes at the Tanglewood Music Center, where her mentors included the great maestros Leonard Bernstein and Norman Del Mar.

As Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Yip has taken the orchestra on tour in recent years to Japan, Italy, France, Poland and Lithuania.

In 2006, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of Hong Kong and was bestowed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France in 2007.

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