Steph Yim began her musical studies at Chetham’s School of Music in 2006 studying with Andrew Wilson. She is currently in her first year of Masters at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt in the class of Laura Ruiz Ferreres. This year, Steph graduated with honours from the Royal Northern College of Music studying with John Bradbury, Nicholas Cox and Lynsey Marsh. During her time at the RNCM, Steph also completed a semester of ERASMUS studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria studying with Stefan Schilling.
Steph was invited to play in masterclasses with the Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andreas Ottensamer in 2015 and the Berlin Phil Wind Quintet in 2016. In the same year, she played in masterclasses at VIMM International Clarinet Meet, Croatia where she also won 2nd prize in the conservatoire category competition. She has also participated in masterclasses with Romain Guyot, Richard Hosford, Robert Plane, Martin Spangenberg, Reiner Wehle, Mark Simpson and many others.
As a member of the National Youth Orchestra GB, Steph worked with other notable conductors such as Peter Stark, John Wilson, Simone Young and Vasily Petrenko. With the NYO she has been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Four and at the BBC Proms. Steph was principal clarinet under conductors such as Paul McCreesh, Jac van Steen, En Shao, Sir Mark Elder and David Hill during her time with the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra and RNCM Symphony. In 2015 she was also chosen to participate in the Penderecki Academy in Poland with Penderecki himself after working with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in the UK Premiere of his 7th Symphony.
Most recently in 2017, Steph was involved in an RNCM Wind Orchestra CD recording for CHANDOS and played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra during their 2016/2017 season. In July, Steph toured as an Academy member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to Baden-Baden, Germany, and the BBC Proms and as Principal Clarinet of the RNCM Symphony Orchestra at the 42nd Cantiere Internazionale D’arte, Montepulciano. She was also invited to participate in the Järvi Academy/Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia working with Harri Mäki and the Estonian Festival Orchestra. In December, she will play with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast as part of a live concert broadcast on Radio 3. Steph would like to thank the Countess of Munster Trust for supporting her ongoing studies.