A native of Miami, Florida, violist Sergein Yap studied with Ivo van der Werff at Rice headshot 2018-2019University’s Shepherd School of Music, with Martha Katz at the New England Conservatory, and with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2016, Mr. Yap was selected as a Zarin Mehta Fellow with the New York Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program. Summer festival appearances include the Banff Centre, ENCORE School for Strings, Heifetz International Music Institute, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, the Perlman Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.

Recent chamber music collaborations include performances with Brian Connelly, David Halen, Richie Hawley, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, and David Coucheron. Mr. Yap has also been featured in recitals through the Carl Flesch Academy in Baden-Baden, Germany, and the Summer Academy Bad Leonfelden, Austria.

Committed to new music and collaborating with living composers, Mr. Yap is a core member of the KINETIC Ensemble, Loop38, and MUSIQA. Additionally, Mr. Yap performs as a substitute with the Houston Ballet and Sarasota Orchestra. Highlights for the 2019-2020 Season include performances with KINETIC, Loop38, MUSIQA, the Melos Sinfonia of London, England, and Da Camera of Houston.

Passionate about arts education and community impact, Mr. Yap is a founding executive officer of the Houston Viola Society and was a Da Camera Young Artist Fellow from 2017-2019.

Mr. Yap performs on a viola made by Heinrich Dünnwald of Remagen, Germany.