Chi Hoe Mak

Chi Hoe enjoys a busy career as an award-winning singer and choral conductor. A graduate from the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, he received double Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, both with Distinctions as well as the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance. He was named one of Birmingham’s ‘New Generation Artists’ in 2008 and later went on to win all the major conducting prizes including the 2009 and 2010 Michael Beech Conducting Awards and the prestigious Principal’s Prize for ‘outstanding contribution to the musical life at the institution’. He also holds a Fellowship in Voice from Trinity College of Music, London.

Chi Hoe was the first Asian conductor to win a prestigious choral conducting scholarship with the award-winning London Symphony Chorus, working with the London Symphony Orchestra for the 2010/11 season under Sir Colin Davies, Martyn Brabbins, Valery Gergiev, Eric Whitacre and Andris Nelsons which launched his conducting career in the UK. He was appointed Resident Chorus Master at Birmingham Conservatoire from 2009 – 2012 and made his festival debut in 2011 as Chorus Master for the Lichfield Festival Chorus where his work received much praise. He was also Chorus Master of the Birmingham Cathedral Festival Chorus, Birmingham City University Chorus and Chorus Mentor for the internationally acclaimed Birmingham Opera Company where he worked with the celebrated director Graham Vick, and was a staff conductor with Canzonetta Children’s Choirs in Manchester.

As a singer, Chi Hoe began his career singing roles with Penang Arts Council Opera and Lyric Opera Malaysia and won First Prizes at the Malaysian National Art Song Competitions. He is the first Malaysian singer to sing in both the prestigious World Youth Choir and Asian Youth Choir, touring worldwide with them from 1998-2004, where he sang under eminent conductors. Concert and opera engagements have taken him to China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and throughout the UK, working with ensembles and companies as the Arton Ensemble, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Ex Cathedra, London Voices, Singapore Lyric Opera, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to name but a few.

Chi Hoe is co-founder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod, a leading independent choral festival for young singers in Malaysia and a member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and the Malaysian Choral Federation. He is currently Artistic Director and Vocal Coach at Young Choral Academy and a visiting lecturer in Voice and Choral Director at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).