Corey, who started performing on stage since he was two, is pursuing classical voice studies in Singapore, New York and Boston. He has received wide praise for his voice, with the Singapore Business Times calling Corey a “Classical opera child prodigy” and The Straits Times describing Corey’s performance in Tokyo as a treat by “. . . the angelic voice of Singaporean classical vocalist Corey Koh.”
Although Corey Koh is only 12, his melodic voice has filled numerous top theatres in the world from New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Osaka’s Muramatsu Recital Hall, Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall to Churches in Prague and also the Bangladesh National Theatre. He has also performed before the Princess Kiko of Japan and other dignitaries in Singapore and with the renowned operatic pop group, IL DIVO.
Corey sings fluently in Latin, Italian, German, French, English and Chinese and is regularly invited to perform at conferences, summits and corporate events. He has garnered numerous accolades including:
The American Protégé International Vocal Competition 2013 First Place, Classical First Place, Folk/Traditional Second Place, Music Theatre
15th Osaka International Music Competition First Prize
11th China-ASEAN Arts Festival and Asia Arts Festival 2013 Gold Medal
Corey dreams of being an ambassador of peace and goodwill and wants to bring his style of classical singing to the less fortunate. He has sung for charities that include the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore.
Watch Corey performing You Raise Me Up here:
How did you get started with singing and in particular, Opera?
When I was 2, my Mom used to play the CD’s of the pop opera group, IL DIVO. I just grew to enjoy their songs and their voices. I watched them when they first came to Singapore when I was 4 years old and was inspired by their performances. In fact, I wanted to sing and dress like them on stage.
What have you been busy with these days?
I have been rehearsing for ChildAid 2014, and preparing for my diploma in voice examinations. I am also spending time selecting songs for some performances next year, including overseas performances.
I will be singing at the Esplanade Recital Hall on 30 June 2015 together with 2 of my good friends who are instrumentalists. Apart from Singing, I am taking this opportunity to chill-out with cousins and friends after PSLE, before my hectic school life starts again in January.
Why did you choose the Audio-Technica 5000 series?
I have checked out and tested several brands. However, the Audio-Technica 5000 Artist Elite® series was love-at-first-sight for me. It has the clarity and natural sound that captures and reverberates my voice perfectly. Its grip has an ease that gives me a sense of confidence and composure. I simply love the feel of holding this very special mic. Whenever I hold the mic, I felt it was made for me. Also, the staffs from Audio-Technica were very knowledgeable and helpful in answering my questions and introducing me to a wide range of mics and their qualities.