Chi Hoe Mak

choral conductor / bass-baritone

A singer of noted versatility, Chi Hoe works in opera, recital, concert and for consort work in Malaysia and abroad.

A First Prize winner at the Malaysian National Art Song and Young Classical Singer of the Year Competitions in 1997 and 1998, he began his career as a soloist with Penang Arts Council Opera and Lyric Opera Malaysia, and has sung as a soloist with all the major orchestras in the country. International engagements have taken him to China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain and the UK, where he has worked with ensembles and companies such as Arton Ensemble (France/Germany), Birmingham Opera Company (UK), English Chamber Orchestra (UK), Ex Cathedra (UK), Royal Ballet Sinfonia (UK), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (UK), Singapore Lyric Opera (Singapore) among others. He is an an active recitalist and solo recitals in Malaysia, Indonesia ('Winterreise' at Erasmushuis, Jakarta) and the UK (Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham) have been warmly received. Chi Hoe received the 2015 Cameronian Arts Award for Best Solo Vocal Performance of the year.

As a current Principal Artist with Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO), recent roles have included Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro, Colline/La Boheme,  Zuniga/Carmen and Dulcamara/Elisir d'amore. He has also sung Imperial Commisioner/Madama Butterfly and Dottore Grenvil/La Traviata for Penang Arts Council Opera, Raja Narai in Tajul Tajuddin's new work Puteri Saadong (world premiere), Dottore Grenvil/La Traviata for Singapore Lyric Opera and Speaker of the Temple/The Magic Flute for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Concert engagements have included Handel Messiah with Yin Qi Choir and Orchestra and with Handel Festival Singers and Orchestra 1685, Mozart C Minor Mass with EST Orchestra and Chorus, 'Prince Ralse' in Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also made guest appearances as a soloist with High Winds Ensemble and Ensemble Virama. His concert repertory includes Bach St John Passion (arias) and St Matthew Passion (arias), Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder, Charpentier Messe de Minuit, Durufle Requeim, Faure Requeim, Haydn The Creation, The Seasons, Mozart C minor Mass, Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Schubert Mass in D, Verdi Requeim and many other chamber works, He is a founding member of The Song Weavers, an ensemble dedicated to the creative programming and performance of art song in recital.  

As a performer of contemporary and new music, he collaborates with many composers internationally and has premiered over 40 works to date performing in festivals such as Sounds New! Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Frontiers Festival (UK), BBC Proms (UK), China-ASEAN Music Week (China) and SoundBridge Contemporary Music Festivals (Malaysia).

Chi Hoe trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where he studied with Gordon Sandison, Henry Herford and worked in masterclasses with Graham Vick, Susan McCullough, Adrian Thompson and Robin Bowman. He was named one of Birmingham's New Generation Artists in 2008.