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Born into a musical family, Gloria Yip began learning the piano at age 4 and started playing the violin at age 6. She has since established herself as a violinist in Toronto, Ontario, and is well-known for her unique musicality and dynamic performances. She has given performances in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Spain and China, and has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Prix Ravel competition with string quartet, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, an Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship from the Glenn Gould School, and she is the 2021 recipient of the University of Toronto’s Palmason Graduate Fellowship in Violin.
Recent highlights include performances on Hamilton’s Cable 14 TV network, with the Nexus Percussion Ensemble, on Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great” as a principal player, and in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Strauss’ Elektra. She has also performed at the Brott Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Orford Music Academy, and the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau. Gloria has played in masterclasses for Ilya Kaler, Cho-Liang Lin, Phillippe Graffin, Gerard Poulet, Benjamin Bowman, and Jonathan Crow, among others.
Passionate about audience outreach and performing in non-traditional spaces, Gloria has performed at the Royal Ontario Museum, Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Performing Arts Lodge and Union Station. She has also performed in many celebrated concert halls in Toronto, such as the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, the Four Seasons Centre, Meridian Arts Centre, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Walter Hall and Koerner Hall.
Gloria is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto, where she studies on full scholarship with Dr. Timothy Ying. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto to Lydia Wong, and was a past teaching assistant to Mauricio Fuks, Paul Widner and Stefano Pagliani. She was a full scholarship student at the Glenn Gould School, obtaining an Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman, and also holds a Masters of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Mauricio Fuks. Prior to this, she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto’s Life Sciences program, majoring in psychology and graduating with honours. Her doctoral dissertation centres around themes of wellbeing and fulfilment by exploring the lived experiences of three graduate-level string majors. She will be graduating Summer 2021.
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