A native of Sabah, Malaysia, mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong’s repertory ranges from early music to contemporary works. She was the winner of the 1st ASEAN Vocal competition, organised by Singapore Lyric Opera in 2016, and also won the 1st prizes at both female and overall divisions of the 41st National Singing Competition of Malaysia in 2015. After graduating she started her career as a soloist with the HK Phil, Opera Hong Kong, Musica Viva and Global Symphony Orchestra, making her Italian debut in 2019 at the Teatro Petruzzelli singing Rosina in II Barbiere di Siviglia.
Recently she has been invited to perform with the Erasmus Orchestra, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival, Kuala Lumpur City Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera, Ensemble Virama, Sichuan Music Conservatory and Mozart Festival in Shenzhen. She has performed in newly composed operas and symphonic works, including the world premieres of Legend of Zhang Baozai, Beauty and Sadness, Legend of Phoenix, Cantonese dramas Rashomon and Shake Shake Spear, and The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia and the Asian premiere of Magnificat from a Garden in the Antipodes.
Between 2015 and 2018, she was a member of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme. She is currently a faculty of Junior Music Programme at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.