President Colin Yip
“Colin has a fantastic, beautiful voice, full of the nobility of phrasing and expression; he is a real artist..." - New York Times
Mr. Colin Yip is one of China’s most successful and leading tenors. He has been the President of the Toronto School of Music Canada and the International Music & Dance Association in Toronto, Canada since 1996. He has also been an adjudicator for the Bellini International Music Competition in Italy since 1999. He is currently admitted in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 1997.
Mr. Yip started his vocal training in his native Hong Kong. He later graduated from China’s Beijing Central Conservatory of Music under Professors Ms. Shu Zhen Guo and Mr. Xin Chang Li. He received musical coaching from the renowned German Lieder specialist, Professor Hugen. After a successful recital debut in Hong Kong City Hall in 1989, Colin was accepted with a scholarship into the Artist Diploma Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and studied voice with department head Ms. Helen Simmie. In the same year, Colin won first prize in the National Teachers of Singing Competition in Canada. He also became joined the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music as a voice teacher in 1990. In 1993, Colin Yip received a scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. There hestudied voice with department head, Professor Maitland Peters and Gabor Carelli, the star tenor at the Metropolitan Opera and student of the incomparable Beniamino Gigli. After Colin graduated with a Master of Music degree in the spring of 1995, he won 1st place at the Artist International Music Competition and presented a successful recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall inand solo recital at the Toronto Centre for the Arts,Canada.
Mr. Yip’s operatic performances have included the leading roles in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos and Verdi’s La Traviata. He has performed at the New York Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, New Jersey State Opera, Queen’s Opera, Manhattan Opera and Arizona Opera. He has also performed with the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra in Canada in 1990, the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, New York, Malaysia, Singapore with the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaysia and has appeared in numerous recitals and on television in Italy, New York, Canada, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and throughout Southeast Asia.
In 2004, he was an adjudicator for the Canadian Youth Music Competition (Shenyang), the eighth Canadian International Artist Music Competition (Wuhan) trials and the ninth Canadian International Artist Music Competition (Guangzhou) trials. In 2005, he was invited as a guest speaker to China Central Television's "Into the Opera". He has also been invited to participate in the "China's Most Influential Musicians". In 2007, Mr. Colin Yip held solo concerts of the German Lieder Anthology of Schubert’s 《Die Schone Mullerin》 in seven cities in china such as Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Qingdao, Yunnan, Guizhou and Fujian. On May, 2008, he performed in the Opera 《Madame Butterfly》 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China. In November, 2008, he successfully held the 39th International Bellini Music Competition-China Audition in Beijing and in December, 2008 in Hong Kong. He has also been invited to sing for the 2009 Music Festival of Beijing.
In recent years, Mr. Colin Yip has traveled across Europe, North America and China as an adjudicator of international competitions, and has held a series of concerts and lectures regarding musical culture and the arts.
Mr. Yip in concert with La Scala Chamber Orchestra in Milano, Italy
Mr. Colin Yip with Tenor Pietro Ballo at Bellini International Vocal Competition 2013
Mr. Colin Yip performed in Toronto, February 2017.
Mr. Colin Yip with Tat Bellini International Vocal Competition as a Jury
International Bellini Music Competition Jury
Colin Yip’s Contact Information
Tel: (416) 260-1882