Mak Chi Hoe
Chi Hoe 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, Principal Artist and Resident Chorus Master of Kuala Lumpur
City Opera in Malaysia.
As a choral conductor, Chi Hoe is co-founder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE) and
has won numerous prizes and awards with his choirs. 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 Resident Chorus Master at the Royal Birmingham
Conservatoire from 2009-2012. He made his UK festival debut in 2011 as Chorus Master for
the Lichfield Festival Chorus with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)
followed by positions including Chorus Master of the Birmingham Cathedral Festival Chorus,
Birmingham City University Chorus, Chorus Mentor for Birmingham Opera Company,
Conductor of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir and a staff conductor with
Canzonetta Children’s Choirs in Manchester. He has been on the jury at several international
choir competitions and presented as a clinician in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Myanmar,
Philippines, Russia, Singapore, UK, Vietnam and throughout Malaysia.
A singer of noted versatility and winner of the 2015 Cameronian Arts Award for Best Vocal
Performance of the year, Chi Hoe is in demand as a singer in opera, concert, recital and for
consort work throughout Malaysia and abroad. 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. He currently sings in several ensembles including
Bachfest Malaysia, The Wicked Music People Early Music Group and The Song Weavers,
alongside his position as Principal Artist with Kuala Lumpur City Opera.
A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, Chi Hoe received 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 Principal’s
Prize for ‘outstanding contribution to the musical life at the institution’.
Chi Hoe has been conferred an Honorary Membership (HonRBC) of the Royal Birmingham
Conservatoire for his outstanding contribution to his profession and a member of the IFCM
Asia-Pacific Choral Council.