Born into a musical family, Gloria Yip is a Toronto-based violinist and music teacher who 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 several awards, including first prize at the Prix Ravel competition with string quartet, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and an Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship from the Glenn Gould School. She recently obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she studied on full scholarship with Dr. Timothy Ying, and was the 2021 recipient of UofT’s Palmason Graduate Fellowship in Violin.
Recent highlights include performances on Hamilton’s Cable 14 TV network, with the Nexus Percussion Ensemble, as a principal player with Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great”, and in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Strauss’ Elektra. She has performed at the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, as well as the Domaine Forget, Brott, Bowdoin and Orford Music Festivals. 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.
Prior to completing her doctoral degree at UofT, Gloria was a full scholarship student at the Glenn Gould School, obtaining an Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman. She also holds a Masters of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Mauricio Fuks. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto to Lydia Wong, and was also a past teaching assistant to Mauricio Fuks, Paul Widner and Stefano Pagliani. Before choosing to pursue music professionally, she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science from UofT’s Life Sciences program majoring in psychology and music, and graduating with honours. Her doctoral dissertation centres around themes of wellbeing and fulfilment through exploring the lived experiences of three graduate-level string majors.