Phua Ee Kia

Countertenor

Ee Kia made his public solo debut at the age of 17 with the role of 'Cobweb' in the Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO)'s production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1997). At 18, he topped a nationwide audition to sing the treble solo in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms (1998) with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

Other notable solo performances include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Jesu’, at the televised 2010 YTL Concert at the Botanic Gardens featuring Andrea Bocelli and the world premiere of Mark Chan’s operetta ‘Flight of the Jade Bird’ commissioned as the opening item for the Singapore Arts Festival 2012, where he originated the role of the Jade Bird. Ee Kia then reprised the role in the Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre in December 2012.

PSC Scholar with the Ministry of Education, Singapore and First-Class Honours Music Graduate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

A familiar face in the local classical music scene, Ee Kia was invited to speak at the inaugural prestigious TEDx conference held at the Singapore Management University in September 2013. Ee Kia is at the same time a sought after vocal instructor and choral conductor, and has directed various exemplary choirs, including the Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir, the Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR) choir, the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) choir, the Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) choir as well as the Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) choir to name a few.

Ee Kia currently serves on the Artist-Mentor Scheme, an initiative helmed by STAR and supported by the National Arts Council. Ee Kia is also a former presenter with Mediacorp’s radio station Symphony 92.4FM.