Malaysian singer and choral conductor Chi Hoe Mak received two Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting, both with Distinctions from Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK. A protégé of Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers) he won all the Conservatoire conducting prizes including the 2009 and 2010 Michael Beech Conducting Awards and the Principal’s Prize in his final year for ‘outstanding contribution to the musical life at the institution’. International prizes won with various ensembles include the 2002 Robert Edler Prize in Berlin as a member of the World Youth Choir, two Gold Diplomas and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 2nd Voyage of Songs International Choir Competition in Malaysia and a 3rd Prize at the 2008 40th Tolosa International Choir Competition as a member of the Adur Vocal Ensemble in Spain.
Chi Hoe is the first Asian-born conductor to be jointly awarded the prestigious 2010 London Symphony Chorus Conducting Scholarship where he worked with Chorus Master Joseph Cullen on several projects with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davies, Martyn Brabbins, Valery Gergiev, Eric Whitacre and Andris Nelsons in venues as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, LSO St Luke’s and Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
From 2009 until 2012, Chi Hoe was Resident Chorus Master for Birmingham Conservatoire where he prepared the Conservatoire Chorus for performances of Bach B minor Mass, Britten War Requeim, Holst The Planets, Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast and the Conservatoire Opera Scenes. From 2008 until 2012 he was also Conductor of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir and a visiting teacher of singing in the voice department. He has conducted the Conservatoire Camerata, Thallein Ensemble, Decibel Contemporary Ensemble, Birmingham University Chorus, founded the contemporary vocal group ICARUS and worked as a staff conductor with Canzonetta Children’s Choir in Manchester, formerly known as the Manchester Boys Choir.
Chi Hoe made his UK festival debut in 2011 as Chorus Master of the Lichfield Festival Chorus working alongside John Wilson, Sir Willard White and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where his work was highly praised by the critics. In 2012, he was invited back to conduct Jonathan Dove’s new opera ‘The Walk from the Garden’ working with the Dante String Quartet. He has also twice been invited to guest conduct the Birmingham Cathedral Festival Chorus for the annual Cathedral Festival. As Chorus Mentor for the internationally acclaimed Birmingham Opera Company working with its celebrated Artistic Director Graham Vick, he worked on stage and opera projects such as Stravinsky’s Les Noces, the world premieres of Jonathan Dove’s opera Life is a Dream and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic 5-hour opera, Mittwoch aus Licht for the London 2012 Arts Festival which was broadcast worldwide.
Outside the UK, Chi Hoe has sung and worked with various ensembles in more than 20 countries around the world and continues to pursue an international freelance career as a singer and choral conductor. He is committed to working with young people and is the co-founder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfodd. He is a member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), the Malaysian Choral Federation and was recently invited by INTERKULTUR (Germany) to be a member of the jury at the 2nd Vietnam International Choir Competition 2012 in Hue.