Studiorum Series 2019: Mak Chi Hoe Biography
Mak Chi Hoe enjoys a varied career as an award-winning choral conductor, singer, adjudicator and choral clinician. He is also Artistic Director and Vocal Coach at Young Choral Academy – Malaysia’s first and leading centre for choral education and Resident Chorus Master for Kuala Lumpur City Opera. With his choirs, he has won numerous awards at several international choir competitions and engagements have taken him to China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Vietnam and throughout the UK.
A graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, Chi Hoe received two Master of Music degrees in Voice and Choral Conducting, both with Distinctions and was named one of Birmingham’s ‘New Generation Artists’ in 2008. He won all the major conducting prizes 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’.
Chi Hoe is the first Asian conductor to win a prestigious conducting fellowship to work with the London Symphony Chorus in 2010 which launched his conducting career in the UK. He was appointed Resident Chorus Master at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire from 2009 – 2012, taught in the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and was Conductor of the Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir. He made his UK festival debut in 2011 as Chorus Master for the Lichfield Festival Chorus where his work received much praise and has worked as Chorus Master of the Birmingham Cathedral Festival Chorus, Birmingham City University Chorus, Chorus Mentor for the internationally acclaimed Birmingham Opera Company and a staff conductor with Canzonetta Children’s Choirs in Manchester.
Chi Hoe is co-founder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE) – a leading national and international choral event in Malaysia, a member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and founding member of the Malaysian Choral Federation.