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Chia Yee Yean | Soprano
Soprano Chia Yee Yean is a native of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. She currently serves as the choir director at Trinity Presbyterian Church Muar. In addition, she is often invited by various organizations and churches to perform as soloist and provide masterclasses. Her recent performance highlights include Bach’s Mass in B minor, St. John Passion, and numerous cantatas; Handel’s Messiah; Telemann’s Weiche, Lust und Fröhlichkeit, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben, Op. 42, among others. Chia is the founding member of the Malaysia Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra, and also serves as the soloist and instructor at the East-Malaysia Bach Cantata Singers and Orchestra and Bachakademie. She also serves as a regular guest instructor at workshops organized by the International Christian Choral Conductor Society. She was the conductor of the Yin Qi Children’s Choir from 2010-2016, and served as the choral director at Mt. Carmel Church in Singapore, Vision Christian Church in Johor Bahru, and the City Disciple Presbyterian Church in Subang.
Chia graduated from Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts with the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance, where she studied under Hilda De Groote and Helga Wagner. Since returning to Asia, she continued to study voice with renowned Hong Kong soprano Nancy Yuen, Malaysia’s chief soprano Cecilia Yap, tenor Lim Shieh Yih, and conductor Toh Ban Sheng, in addition to studying choral conducting from Dr. Audrey Chung. She has collaborated with conductors Rev. Lee Chong Min, Mdm. Elaine Pao, and Dr. David Chin, and has performed in both East and West Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. She was also invited to sing at the ‘Liederabend', a German Art Song Series organized by the Goethe Institute and the Artists Platform, where her performance was well received. Chia has loved singing as a child, and her early voice instructors include Wai Yinn Chin and Lulu Yip. She was an active participant in solo and choral performances and competitions during her school days, and had won numerous awards.
女高音 | 謝依燕
謝氏2004年畢業於維也納市立音樂及藝術學院，考獲演唱碩士學位，聲樂師從Hilda De Groote以及Helga Wagner。回到亞洲後，繼續向香港著名女高音阮妙芬、馬來西亞首席女高音葉潔芝、男高音林燮毅以及杜萬盛指揮學習聲樂，並且與鐘曉穎博士學習指揮。謝氏多次與指揮家李忠民牧師、鮑以靈老師以及陳子虔博士合作，在東西馬、新加坡以及印尼演出。她也曾受邀在馬來西亞歌德學院以及藝術平台所舉辦的『德文藝術歌曲之夜』上演唱，榮獲好評。謝氏從小喜愛歌唱，中學時期受啟蒙恩師衛燕貞 與黃曉君指導，活躍於合唱團以及獨唱的比賽與演出，獲獎無數。