Malaysian bass baritone Chi Hoe Mak received his MMus in Vocal Performance with Distinction and the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance from Birmingham Conservatoire, UK where he studied with Henry Herford and Gordon Sandison. He won several prizes including finalist in the prestigious Conservatoire Singing Prize and Ashleyan Opera Prize and was named one of Birmingham’s ‘New Generation Artists’ in 2008. He also holds a Fellowship in Voice from Trinity College of Music, London. Chi Hoe studied singing in his native Malaysia, winning First Prizes at the Malaysian National Art Song Competitions for two consecutive years, the Young Classical Singer of the Year Competitions, and is a laureate of the 2005 4th Bangkok Opera International Voice Competition.
Chi Hoe has sung various roles in scenes and full productions including Morales (Carmen), Baron Douphol and Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Yamadori and Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly) Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Colline (La Boheme), Lamberto (Pia di Tolomei), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) as well as Antonio and Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with various opera companies such as Penang Arts Council Opera, Lyric Opera Malaysia, Birmingham Conservatoire Opera, among others. In Masterclass, he has coached and worked with Steven Barlow, Robin Bowman, Michael Chance, Susan McCullough, Jane Robinson, Loh-Siew Tuan, Adrian Thompson and Graham Vick in England and with Margaret Trappe-Wiel at the Stuttgart Bachakademie, Germany.
He is increasing demand for concert work as a bass soloist in the UK and abroad, works performed include Bach St Matthew’s Passion (Priest), Bach St John’s Passion (Pilate and arias), Beethoven Mass in C, Charpentier Le Reniement de Saint Pierre (Jesus), Messe di Minuit, Durufle Requeim, Dvorak Te Deum, Faure Requiem, Handel Israel in Egypt, Messiah, Haydn Missa Cellensis ‘Mariazellermesse’, Nelsonmesse, The Seasons and The Creation, Monterverdi 1610 Vespers, Mozart Requeim, Orff Carmina Burana, Pergolesi Magnificat, Rutter Mass of the Children, Schubert Mass in G, Stainer The Crucifixion, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Five Mystical Songs among other works. He has also given many lieder and song recitals in Malaysia and in the UK.
As a consort singer, Chi Hoe has toured and recorded with many ensembles around the world as the Arton Ensemble (Germany), Adur Vocalensemble (Spain) Asian Youth Choir (Japan), World Youth Choir (WYC), World Chamber Choir (Italy/France), Festivalensemble Stuttgart (Germany), International Youth Choir (Russia), Concerto Ensemble (Milan), Talinn Chamber Orchestra, Ex Cathedra (UK), Icarus Vocal Ensemble (UK), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rambert Dance Company, English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus (CBSC) and London Voices singing under many eminent conductors. Recent engagements have included singing with Ex Cathedra in the world premiere of Stockhausen's epic work, Mittwoch aus Licht, directed by Graham Vick for the London 2012 Festival, and bass soloist in Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arnie Roth in Kuala Lumpur