Cha Seng Tiang, BARITONE
Penang-born Cha Seng Tiang is a full scholarship recipient of the Hong Kong Academy
For Performing Arts after winning the 1988 Malaysia National Art Song Singing
Competition. There, he studied under renowned international opera singer Michael Rippon.
In summer 1991, Seng Tiang was invited to Sapporo, Japan to participate in the Pacific
Music Festival where he performed Leonard Bernstein’s Songfest and Chichester Psalms
under the baton of maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and Michael Barret. He also took part
in recitals and concerts under the guidance of Paul Sperry in different cities in Hokkaido,
Seng Tiang was privileged to have been also coached by other world renowned musicians
and singers such as Rudolf Piernay, June Anderson, Zhou Xiao Yan, Li Xing Chang, Derek
Anthony, Angelo Marenzi, Loh Siew Tuan and Maurizio Colacicchi, leaving a deep impression on them.
Seng Tiang’s stage repertoire is extensive, covering various oratorios and opera classics.
His operatic roles include Cadmus (Semele), Billy (Rise and Fall of town Mahagonny)
Gugliemo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Alfio (Cavaliera Rusticana), Angelotti (Tosca), Don Cairo &
Morales (Carmen), Marchese (La Traviata), Fiorello (Il Babiere di Siviglia), Cascada (The
Merry Widow) and Dr Blind (Die Fledermaus). He has also played the role of Adam in
The Creation by Haydn under conductor Anthony Walker, and sung as solo baritone in
Handel’s Messiah under Paul Baker. He also appeared as Bass solo in Beethoven No 9
Choral in Penang Music Camp as well as with National Symphony Orchestra at Istana
Budaya under the baton of Muzafar Nawi.
As a recitalist, Seng Tiang has performed in numerous concerts around East and West
Malaysia, Indonesia , Singapore , Hong Kong and also Japan, receiving rave reviews from
the public. His most recent appearances include a charity solo recital at the Mont Kiara
International School and the HSBC Classics Opera Extravaganza2011,Georgetown
Festival’s Penangites’ Home Coming Concert 2012 at PenangPac , Chan Loke Han Music
Foundation Fund Raising Concert 2012 , Yellow River Cantata with PSO in 2010 , 2012 in
Bentong and 2013 in Jerantut .
Often hailed as a teacher with a Midas Touch, Seng Tiang is also well known for his
extraordinary teaching skills, having the ability to diagnose and solve virtually any issue
regarding singing. He is now principal of Vocal Talents Music (VTM) which he co-founded
in 2004. The school has been instrumental in nurturing new singers and young tutors, many
of whom have made a name for themselves in the classical singing fraternity.