Chi Hoe Mak
Chi Hoe Mak enjoys a varied career as an award-winning choral conductor, singer, adjudicator and clinician. He is currently Artistic Director of Young Choral Academy, Artistic Director of the Penang Philharmonic Chorus, and Principal Artist and Resident Chorus Master of Kuala Lumpur City Opera.
As a choral conductor, Chi Hoe is co-founder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE), a leading national and international choral festival in Malaysia and has won numerous prizes and awards with his choirs at several international choir competitions. He was the first Asian conductor to win a prestigious fellowship to work with the London Symphony Chorus in 2010 which launched his conducting career in the UK and was subsequently Resident Chorus Master at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire from 2009-2012. He made his critically acclaimed UK festival debut in 2011 as Chorus Master for the Lichfield Festival Chorus and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and other guest conducting positions soon followed.
A singer of noted versatility, Chi Hoe was a prize winner at several voice competitions including First Prizes at the 1997 and 1998 Malaysian National Art Song Competitions and received the 2015 Cameronian Arts Award for Best Vocal Performance for the year. He has sung as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Malaysia, including several collaborations with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Concert engagements have taken him to China, Indonesia, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and throughout the UK.
Chi Hoe studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where he received two Master of Music (MMus) degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, both with Distinctions and the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance. He was named one of Birmingham’s ‘New Generation Artists’ in 2008, winning all the major conducting prizes at College 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’.