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HKBU Music Department Congratulates Dr. Austin Yip on Newly Announced Composition Awards

09 November 2017

HKBU Music Department lecturer Dr. Yip was announced to be the winner of the CASH Golden Sail Music Award, Best Serious Composition 2017 with his piece Metamorphosis. Commissioned and premiered by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the work is co-titled Po Kan in Chinese, which literally means to break through a cocoon. It depicts the moment of how a troublesome matter resolves, and the short instance right after the process.

The award was presented to Dr. Yip at the CASH 40th Anniversary Annual Dinner on 7 November. CASH V the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong V inaugurated its Golden Sail Music Awards in 2001 with the aim to recognize outstanding musical works as well as vocal performances of musical works first commercially released or performed in Hong Kong within a specified period of the past year. Judging is based on artistic, creative and technical achievements of each piece of work or recorded performance. Metamorphosis stood out from the other five nominations on the finalists list.

I would like to thank CASH for awarding me the Golden Sail Music Award for the Best Serious Composition in 2017. I was delighted to be commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this year, and my work Metamorphosis was premiered by the orchestra in January, conducted by Aldert Vermeulen. Without the HK Phil's superb performance, I would not have been awarded the prize. I would also like to thank the Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music for the all-time support, and my supervisor/mentor Dr. Joshua Chan for his guidance since 2007. says Dr. Yip.

Dr. Yips thriving works have also brought him another award recently - the 2018 Chou's Annual Composition Commission Award. Soochow University (Suzhou, China) invited professional composers of any nationality to submit one to two work samples to be considered for the award. Dr. Yip was chosen among a total of 260 applicants, and he has been commissioned to write a new chamber work in the fall of 2018.


Dr. Austin Yip