Praised for his "rich and deep countertenor voice" (Boston Musical Intelligencer) with a "dramatic edge" (Herald-Tribune), U.S. based Malaysian countertenor Wee Kiat CHIA's 2020/21 season brought concert performances throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Germany virtually on top of his engagements in the United States, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Wee Kiat collaborated with the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra Malaysia in their International Music Festival 2020. As a featured artist, he participated in a virtual Halloween Concert organized by the Seaglass Theater Company Boston. He also appeared virtually in Indonesia with Jakarta Festival Chorus performing in their Easter Virtual Concert. While his tour to Germany was cancelled during the pandemic, his performances with Bachfest Malaysia were featured by Bachfest Leipzig in their global virtual events.
Wee Kiat was the soloist for the West coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin's The Orphic Moment at the Music Academy of the West, as well as the Florida premiere with the enSRQ, both under the baton of the composer. He was a 2017 finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions New England Region, and in 2013 won first prize in the 8th Yin Qi Singing Competition in Malaysia.
"Wee Kiat has a rich and deep countertenor voice, by turns convincingly loving and angry, tender and fierce, artfully capturing the impatience and love, jealousy and awe felt for Madame White Snake." -- The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Countertenor Chia Wee Kiat was a standout in Esurientes Implevit Bonis (He Hath Filled The Hungry With Good Things), buoyantly lifting himself above the two flutes without sounding lightweight." -- The Straits Times, Singapore