Ka Bo Chan - Countertenor
Ka Bo Chan is a freelance singer and he was born and raised in Hong Kong. At age 17 he moved to Portland, Oregon, USA, where he was for the first time chosen to sing in the chamber choir in his high school. There he discovered about countertenors and was inspired by the King’s Singers. As a college student in U. S., he studied singing with LeaAnn DenBeste and Leslie Green, and conducting under Lonnie Cline. Through an invitation from Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, he came to Estonia in 1997, where he studied conducting with Hirvo Surva and Merike Toro, and vocal training from Leelo Talvik. Ka Bo Chan graduated his bachelor’s degree in financial management and received his master’s degree from the Estonian Music Academy of Music and Theatre under the direction of Teele Jõks. He has taken part of master classes from Carl Høgset, Paul Esswood, Aleksander Schmalcz, Peter Kooij, Charles Barbier, Gloria Banditelli, Birgit Louise Frandsen, Mona Julsrud, Folke Bengtsson, Liisa Pimiä, and Kirsten Buhl-Møller.
Ka Bo Chan has sung as soloist under the direction of conductors such as Eri Klas, Olari Elts, Mikk Üleoja, Risto Joost, Kaspars Putniņš, Vytautas Lukocius, LAndres Mustonen, etc. He has worked with different refined collectives and is often involved in various projects of chamber music with various great musicians from Estonia and aboard. He has participated in different festivals and had performed as a soloist in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Russia, and P. R. of China. Recently he debuted as a soloist in the great hall of D. D. Shostakovich nominal St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic and Moscow International Performing Art Center with one of the best Basso Profundo in our time, Vladimir Miller. He received particularly warm receptions as he performed his first home-coming recitals at the 45th Hong Kong Arts Festival. Ka Bo is a laureate of the Mart Saar nominal Singing Competition. His repertoire reaches from early music to contemporary compositions, from chamber music to operas.