An active orchestral and choral conductor, Hong Kong native Vivian Ip has worked and performed in Hong Kong, the USA and Europe. Currently Music Director of Xing-er Symphony Orchestra, she led the orchestra to the Gold Award at the 6th World Orchestra Festival in Vienna in 2018, where she also received the Talented Conductor Prize. She was the winner of the Special Prize in the 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in 2011.
Ip was the Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from 2016-2018, during which she conducted subscription and community concerts, and assisted its Music Director Jaap van Zweden as well as guest conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Vassily Sinaisky and Lawrence Foster. She made her first appearance with Hong Kong Sinfonietta in January 2020, and performed with the opera company Musica Viva Hong Kong in April 2019, leading four successful performances of The Magic Flute.
Ip’s international appearances include concerts with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Musica Vitae (Sweden) and Pro Arte Orchestra Vienna. As a choral conductor, she has been the Music Director of Chorus Delicti Wien for the last 7 years, and was invited to conduct the Asia Pacific Youth Choir in July 2019. Other choral ensembles she has worked with include the Berlin Radio Choir, DR Vokalensemblet (Denmark), Wiener Singverein, World Youth Choir, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Indiana University Symphonic Choir and Indiana University Children’s Choir, among others.
Ip received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (First Class Honours). With an Associate Instructorship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies, she received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Indiana University Bloomington, and went on to earn her Mag. Art. degree with distinction in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in the class of Johannes Wildner and Uroš Lajovic. She has actively participated in masterclasses by maestri Fabio Luisi, Simone Young, Bertrand de Billy and Helmuth Rilling.
Ip currently teaches Conducting and Practical Studies in Musicianship and Choral Conducting at her alma mater, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.click to download images