Soprano Florence Khei Kuan Chong began her music training as a pianist. She was awarded a full scholarship to study on the Diploma in Music course in SEGI College Subang Jaya, Malaysia, in 2007. During her studies Florence decided to switch her major from piano to voice on the recommendation of her singing teacher and because of her developing passion for singing. She graduated with distinction in 2011. In September 2013, she was accepted onto the prestigious BA in Vocal Studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, where she studied voice with Virginia Kerr and repetiteur Seho Lee. She was awarded this degree, which is validated by Trinity College Dublin, with first class honours in 2017. Florence is currently studying coloratura voice production with Yvonne Schiffelers in Maastricht, Netherlands and with vocal coaches Abigail Laura and Jeremy Hulin.
Florence has performed internationally as a recital artist. Recently she has performed as a soprano soloist in Mannheim. She performed at the Festival de la Musique in France in June 2016 and 2017. She was invited as a contemporary music artist to perform at the prestigious Talinn Town Hall in Estonia in April 2016. She has performed solo recitals regularly in Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Malaysia.
Operatic roles performed included Clori from Handel’s comic cantata, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, Moth (Second Fairy, First Woman and Night) from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Suor Genovieffa and Suor Dolcina from Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Oratorio performances include Messiah (Handel), Exsultate Jubilate, Vespers, Mass in G Major KV140 and Requiem (Mozart).
Florence received many accolades for these performances including one from the music critic of the Sunday Business Post for playing the role of Clori. She also received an excellent review from The Reviews Hub for playing the role of the fairy Moth.