Steph Yim began her musical studies at Chetham’s School of Music in 2006 before being awarded a scholarship in 2013 to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with John Bradbury, Nicholas Cox and Lynsey Marsh. During her time at the RNCM, Steph also completed a semester of ERASMUS study at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria. In 2017, she spent a year at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt with Laura Ruiz Ferreres supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.
Steph has participated in high profile masterclasses with the principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andreas Ottensamer, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. As a member of the National Youth Orchestra, Steph has been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms and has worked as principal clarinet under conductors such as Jac van Steen and Sir Mark Elder with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 she was also chosen to participate in the Penderecki Academy in Poland after working with Penderecki on the UK Premiere of his 7th Symphony.
In 2017, 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 the Järvi Academy/Pärnu Music Festival working with the Estonian Festival Orchestra.
Most recently, she has appeared at the Crans-Montana Music Festival Switzerland and played professionally with the Ulster Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic as part of live concert broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Steph is currently principal Eb clarinet in the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.
In September 2019, she will start her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Orchestral Artistry Course working closely with the London Symphony Orchestra. Steph is generously supported by Help Musicians UK as an Ian Fleming Award Holder.