Awarded the First Prize in the Italy Percussion Competition from Italy Percussive Art Society (IPAS), Mr. Gip Chan wing-yip, born in Hong Kong, is a keen and enthusiastic player in various embles and orchestras, performing throughout Europe and Asia. He has performed with renowned conductors such as Roger Bobo, Robert Ambrose, Manuel Nawri, Nigel Clarke, Perry So, Mak Ka Lok and has appeared with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macao Orchestra, SAR Philharmonic, The Learners Orchestra, Global Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. He is currently a percussionist and timpanist of the HKBU Symphony Orchestra, HKBU Wind Symphony, HKBU Percussion Ensemble and Hong Kong Young Musicians' Wind Orchestra,has been featured as a soloist with HKBU Wind Symphony and HKBU Percussion Ensemble. Besides, Chan also devoted himself to marching band music. He has been awarded with the level 6 achievement from DCI (Taiwan) Marching Academy.
For rudimental drumming and marching band music, he had taken lessons with Mr. Naoki Ishikawa, a renowned rudiment snare drum soloist. He is currently studying marching percussion with Mr. Steve Ulicny, a judge from the Drum Corps International (DCI). In 2011- 2013, Chan was the center snare drummer of The Pegasus Vanguard, which won the Gold Prize in the Hong Kong International Youth Marching Band Competition organized by the WAMSB. Chan received the Talent Development Scholarship awarded by the Self -financing Post - secondary Scholarship Scheme in both 2014 and 2015, he had also received the Modern Academy 2015 Scholarship awarded by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Chan is now studying Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).
At HKBU, he has been studying percussion with Sophia Woo, timpani with James Boznos and Lap - Tak Choy, he had also learnt from David Herbert, Thomas Burritt, Aiyun Huang, Joe Porter, Aziz D. Barnard Luce, Rieko Koyama and Eyo Li. Apart from studying and performing, Chan joined voluntary work actively. In 2013, Chan led the volunteers of the Hang Lung Group to promote the art event "Intelligence Infinity: Inspiration through Art" held by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Cultural Service Department. Chan, being a tutor, shared his music knowledge and experience to the young children. By using different recycled materials, they had a chance to create their own instruments and had a taste of art and music. At last, both performed African drums with great success.
“Not only did the children feel the sense of success, but also understand the benefits of waste recycling. With little creativity and effort, they easily turned the plastic bottles into instruments which produced tuneful melodies.”
(Ming Pao, 2013)