Brian Ming Chu
Hailed for his “rich and resonant voice...an impressive performer of wide range, agility, and expressive storytelling ability”[Monterey Herald], baritone Brian Ming Chu has been an oratorio soloist with The King’s Noyse, Brandywine Baroque, Portland Baroque
Orchestra, The Dryden Ensemble, Piffaro, Kansas City’s Spire Ensemble, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Carmel Bach Festival, with repeat appearances in the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Bach Passions,
Haydn’s Creation, the Brahms and Mozart Requiems, and Handel’s Messiah on threecontinents. Additional solo credits include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, the
Verdi Requiem, and most recently the role of Jesus in a reconstruction of Bach’s St. Mark Passion in Philadelphia.
Based in Philly, Mr. Chu has performed numerous roles with opera companies from New York to LA, including signature performances as Marcello in La Bohème, Silvio in Pagliacci, The Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and the title role
in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Last season, he debuted the title role of Anton Rubinstein’s rarely-performed opera, The Demon, with Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
A regular guest soloist with the Network for New Music, he has received critical acclaim for his “sterling performances” [Washington Post] and “vocal and interpretive confidence” [Philadelphia Inquirer] in contemporary music. He has premiered works of
Aaron Jay Kernis, Lori Laitman, Daniel Asia, and Steven Stucky, and has been heard in recital at Carnegie’s Weill and Merkin Halls in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, and twice as a US Embassy Cultural Artist, in West Africa and Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Chu did his graduate studies in voice/opera at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and holds a bachelor’s in architecture from Cornell University. He has taught on the voice faculty of Muhlenberg College (PA) since 2005.