Gloria Yin is a conductor, pianist, and singer from London, UK, now based in the USA. Their professional projects are motivated by radical creativity, collaboration, and community, with particular interest in socially-relevant contemporary opera. They recently made début appearances at Opera Theatre of St Louis and Sarasota Opera as a conductor and pianist.
Recent conducting highlights have included a multi-media staged performance of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Song from the Uproar in collaboration with the David Geffen School of Drama, Yale Schwarzman Center, and Yale School of Music, which they co-directed with projection designer Camilla Tassi, and Sarah Kirkland
Snider’s Mass for the Endangered. As a champion of new music, they have conducted numerous premieres, including Calvin Van Zytfeld’s chamber opera Don’t Trifle with Love, Daniel Knaggs’ motet O vos omnes, Shruthi Rajasekar’s horn dectet Goddess, and Eli Berman’s O’Keefe Colony.
Yin is a co-founder of New Muses Project, an organization aimed at radically reconstructing classical music through a justice lens, which is producing an annual high-quality album series of under-recorded classical music and building an educational web resource showcasing underrepresented composers. They are also technical director of GigCrunch, a financial literacy web app designed to help freelance musicians learn the business skills they need to take ownership of their work, finances, and time.
They received a Licentiate Diploma with Distinction in Piano from Trinity College London in 2013, and has since been active as a collaborative pianist, arranger, and organist. Their collaborative performance highlights have included Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and they have written over 15 arrangements of large-scale orchestral works for piano ensembles. As a vocalist, they has sung with groups such as the Yale Schola Cantorum, Apollo’s Singers, and the Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir, and have performed on stages such as the Royal Albert Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
Yin holds an MM in Choral Conducting at Yale School of Music, where they received the Richard Paul DeLong Prize. Before that, they received a BA in Mathematics from Princeton University, as well as Certificates in Piano Performance and Computer Science, and the Isidore & Helen Sacks Memorial Prize for extraordinary achievement in the arts. They divide their spare time between coding, rock climbing, baking cakes, and entertaining their spunky orange tabby cat, Nemo.