Chi Hoe Mak

bass-baritone / choral conductor

"Chi Hoe is a remarkable and inspirational choral director who is gaining an enviable reputation all over the UK and beyond..I hope that many more choirs will discover his magic in the coming years and reap the benefits of his imaginative approach and magnetic personality." - Paul Spicer, choral conductor, composer, writer, producer and leading exponent of British Music.

" ..but it was the sheer zest of the Festival Chorus, directed by Chi Hoe Mak, which made the performance so thrilling..the singers' musical exhuberance was a joy to hear" - John Watson (Express and Star) 30th Lichfield Festival Concert, 2011.

As an award-winning choral conductor, Chi Hoe began his early choral conducting training as Assistant Chorus Master to the Penang State Symphony Chorus and State Chamber Choir in Penang, Malaysia  and later was Chorus Master for Penang Art's Council Opera productions of Madama Butterfly (2002) and Carmen (2004) working with the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra. He is the first Malaysian singer to be an alumnus of the Asian Youth Choir, World Youth Choir, World Chamber Choir and Festivalensemble Stuttgart, Germany where he toured the world from 1998-2004, singing and working with eminent conductors such as Anton Armstrong, Frieder Bernius, Peter Erdei, Volker Hempfling, Gary Graden, Maria Guinand, Tonu Kaljuste, Grete Pedersen, Helmuth Rilling, Nobuaki Tanaka among many others.

He obtained his MMus in Choral Conducting with Distinction from the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where he studied with Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers) and studied orchestral conducting with Daniele Rosina. Winner of the Michael Beech Conducting Prize for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010, he also won the coveted Principal's Prize for 'outstanding contribution to the musical life of the institution' and was the first Asian conductor to win a conducting fellowship to work with the London Symphony Chorus for their 2010/11 season. 

Other appointments from 2009-2012 include Resident Chorus Master for Birmingham Conservatoire and Lichfield Festival Chorus where his work received high praise from the critics, Birmingham City University Chorus, Birmingham Cathedral Festival Chorus and Chorus Mentor for the internationally acclaimed Birmingham Opera Company. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Andris Nilsons, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Colin Davies, Lionel Friend, Valery Gergiev, Elgar Howarth, Eric Whitacre, John Wilson amongt others. 

Chi Hoe has won several Prizes and Gold Diplomas at various international choral competitions in Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand and UK and is passionate about working with young people. He co-founded the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE), one of the Malaysia's leading independent festivals for young choir singers and is an active clinician throughout Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. As an international adjudicator he has served on the jury panel at the 2nd Vietnam International Choir Competition (2012), 9th World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia (2016), 2nd North Sumatra International Choir Competition in Medan, Indonesia (2017).

Currently he is Artistic Director and Conductor at Young Choral Academy (YCA), Malaysia - the country's first school dedicated to choral education, training of choral singers and conductors and directs directs several award-winning choirs - The Kuala Lumpur Children's Choir, The Young KL Singers (YKLS), Gaudeamus Youth Choir, Young Choral Academy Teachers Ensemble and The Kuala Lumpur Vocal Ensemble (KLVE). He is also Resident Chorus Master for Kuala Lumpur City Opera.

Chi Hoe is a member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), Malaysian Choral Federation (MCF) and an Associate Member of the Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers (SMCC).