President | Artistic Director
Born in Hong Kong, opera singer, choral conductor and composer, Alex Tam graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) Opera Course and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). He began his music studies at an early age under Mr. Chiang Wai Man, and continued with Miss Rosaline Pi, Dr. Derek Anthony and Mr. Michael Rippon. He also had the opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Georg Tintner and Enza Ferrari at the HKAPA. Alex was studying with Miss Joy Mammen and Audrey Hyland at the RAM where he had sung in master classes by Dennis O’Neill and Robert Tear.
Alex had received numerous scholarships including ‘The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund' among many others. In 1999, he received the ‘Lady Fung Music Fellowship’ from the Asian Cultural Council to participate in the Aspen Music Festival in the United States.
Alex has taken leading roles in operas, concerts, and other productions worldwide. He has performed over 30 operatic roles, including his first major role at the age of 19 as Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schcchi. This success was followed by his performance of other lead characters such as, Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Tonio (La fille du régiment), Pluto (Orphée aux enfers), Mozart (Korsakov’s Mozart und Salieri), Pong (Turandot), Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Testo (Monteverdi’s Il Combatimentto di Tancredi e Clorinda), Jenik (The Bartered Bride), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Monostatos (The Magic Flute), Remendado (Carmen), Gaston (La traviata), Melcolm (Macbeth), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Spoletta (Tosca), Beppe (I Pagliacci), Don Curzio & Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Count and Royal Herald (Don Carlos), and many others.
On the concert platform, Alex has appeared as a soloist in J.S. Bach’s ‘Mass in B minor’, Haydn's 'The Creation' & Mozart’s ‘Mass in C’, all under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling, J.S. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ and ‘St. Matthew Passion’, Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’, 'Choral Fantasy', and ‘Symphony No. 9’, Lloyd Webber's 'Requiem', Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Handel’s ‘Judas Macabeaus’ and ‘Messiah’, Orff’s ‘Catulli Camina', Schubert’s ‘Mass in Eb’, Mendelssohn's 'Elijah', Gounod's 'Messe Solennelle', and Bob Chilcott’s ‘Requiem’. In Le French May 2000, Alex was both invited to give a duo concert with the French soprano Elisabeth Videl, and to be one of the soloists in ‘The Voices of Light’. Alex was also invited to perform leading roles in the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2002 & 2013, for ‘Coffee Cantata’ and a contemporary opera ‘Heart of Coral’ by Dr. Chan Hing Yan.
Alex has led the Hong Kong Children’s Choir as a chorus master in collaboration with the ‘HK Phil’ to perform 'Symphony with Christmas Angels' in 2011 and 'Sinfonia Antarctica' by Vaughan Williams in 2013. In 2015, Alex was appointed Chorus Master of a Guinness World Record-breaking event, "ODE TO JOY - Concert of Ten Thousand", co-presented by RTHK, HKFYG, and the Opera Hong Kong. In 2016, Alex was appointed Artistic Director of the "HKFYG Jockey Club Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival". He recently received the ARAM award from the Royal Academy of Music for he has made a significant contribution to the music profession. In 2018, Alex received the "Outstanding Musician Awards" from the Hong Kong Music and Dance Association. Alex is currently chorus director of Opera Hong Kong, voice teacher and choir conductor of the HKAPA, also a radio presenter on RTHK Radio 4.
Alex studied guitar and piano while following his vocal studies. He frequently appears as a jazz guitarist with his own band. He was invited to play the guitar by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In June 2001, he performed with the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti in Hong Kong. Alex is also active in the pop musical field, composing and arranging for numerous artists and television. His works include orchestral and concert arrangements for Andy Lau, Joey Yung, Hacken Lee, Justin Lo, Sally Yeh, Jeff Cheung and Chris Wong, to name a few. Alex is a member of Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong.