Born in Hong Kong, Austin Yip’s works have been performed worldwide, including in festivals such as ISCM, ACL and many more. Yip obtained his PhD and Master of Philosophy (composition) at the University of Hong Kong, a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree from the University of California, Berkeley with “high distinction in general scholarship” and a FTCL from Trinity College, London.
Yip’s works are recorded and published by Donemus (Netherlands), ABRSM (UK), BabelScores (France), Ablaze Records (US/ Australia), Navona Records (US), Hugo Productions (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Composers Guild. He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Commissioned by Toolbox Percussion in 2017, Urban Construction was inspired by Kafka’s short story On the Tram. The work depicts the sense of helplessness of people who lives in a busy urban culture. As Kafka mentions in the story, he cannot “indicate any claims” for many things in life, and in fact, no one really cares. The only thing that could probably cheer him up is to gaze at a random girl on the tram. Written for two vibraphones, two marimbas and a dancer, Urban Construction portrays the hopelessness of the story through the strong pulse in music and the body movement of the dancer.