Chris is currently the Associate Musical Director of Dear Evan Hansen in London’s West End.
Chris started learning the piano at age 5 and has been playing ever since. He is currently living in London, working as a Musical Director and teacher in the Musical Theatre industry.
Originally from Hong Kong, he came to study in the UK when he was 11, attending school in Taunton, Somerset until the age of 18. During his school years, Chris was known as the ‘artistic one’, completing his A Levels in Music, Art, Photography and Theatre Studies as well as taking part in numerous ensemble groups, choirs and theatre shows. He ultimately decided to pursue a career in music, successfully gaining a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London.
Whilst at RAM, Chris studied under the internationally renowned teacher Pascal Nemirovski. Pascal helped him develop and hone his musicianship and technical ability to the highest level, as well as mentoring his career development throughout his years of training. As part of his studies, he also studied conducting with Paul Brough and singing with Alex Ashworth.
Originally Chris chose to pursue a career as a concert pianist, but after sampling a true taste of the lifestyle and the demanding practice schedule, he decided that a career in the Musical Theatre industry would suit his extravagant lifestyle better!
Chris noticed that outside of his practice schedule he naturally gravitated toward theatre productions and enjoys working closely with singers. He quickly realised that his true passion lay in collaborative work. With his new focus and his degree close to finishing, Chris was accepted to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a postgraduate piano accompanist.
At GSMD, Chris studied piano under Charles Owen and Pamela Lidiard, with a special focus on Musical Theatre repertoire as well as other classical repertoire; he also studied singing with Marcus van den Akker.
Venturing into a completely different industry where he was relatively unknown, Chris took up the position as a music intern at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama working on the MA Musical Theatre course where he was (and still is) being mentored by the well-respected Musical Director – Julian Kelly.
Gradually building his experience, Chris married his assignments at GSMD with his music theatre knowledge as much as he could and produced a number of productions including a recital entitled Sense and Sensuality, the musical Side by Side by Sondheim, and gained the role of Assistant Musical Director in the school’s Summer musical – On the Twentieth Century (where he also conducted a 28-piece strong orchestra).
In addition to performing, Chris is a highly sought-after teacher/vocal coach working both privately and in various institutions across London. Having a fluent working knowledge in both piano and singing, Chris has established multiple teaching and Musical Director positions in some of London’s most respected drama schools and conservatoires.
Having taught for almost 10 years and having worked with over 900 students ranging from beginners to foundation to postgraduate level, Chris is passionate about nurturing and sharing his knowledge, helping others develop their skills and talent to the highest level.
In recent years, Chris has been involved with several notable projects including working as Musical Director on Once On this Island at Southwark Playhouse and the world premiere production and cast recording of Mythic the musicaland working as the Music Assistant to Alex Lacamoire, the Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor for the London premiere of Hamilton.
Chris feels very fortunate with what he has accomplished thus far and is continually looking for opportunities and projects to further expand his portfolio… but whilst his future unfolds, he also very much enjoys a quality gin and tonic or a generous glass of prosecco… Cheers!