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 2023/24 season brings concert performances throughout Malaysia and Germany on top of his engagements in the United States. Wee Kiat opens this season with a choir concert in Malaysia as a conductor, premiering new compositions by living Malaysian composers and poets, followed by his collaboration with Bachfest Malaysia in Bach's 1725 version of St. John Passion. He is invited by Viva Bach Peterborough and Upper Valley Baroque to join their ensembles in concerts as a featured soloist. In June, his voice will be heard in one of the most prestigious festivals in the baroque music world - Bachfest leipzig, Germany.
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
"Rottsolk and Wee Kiat’s voices floated through the church . . . with the flowing melodies . . . perfectly in tune." -- New York Classical Review