A native of Batu Pahat, Malaysia, Raymond obtained his Diploma in Music Performance (Vocal Studies) at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and BA (Hons) in Music (2nd Upper) from the University of Wales (UK) under the guidance of Lim Shieh Yih. In 2015, Raymond obtained a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, studying with Prof. Pedro Monteiro at the University of Saint Joseph (Macau).
In 2006, 2009 and 2011, Raymond held his solo recital in Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat and Muar. For four consecutive years (2006-2009), he won the Southern Malaysia National Art Song Singing Competition. In 2007, he was a recipient of the Yamaha Music Scholarship and the winner of The Tan Ngiang Kaw and Tan Ngiang Ann Memorial Vocal Prize (Singapore). In 2008 and 2011, Raymond was awarded the 1st prize in the Male category and the final champion of the 34th and 37th Malaysia National Art Song Singing Competition. He was also awarded 1st prize in a singing competition organized by The Trinity Guildhall of Music in Singapore. In 2009, Raymond was invited to sing a German lied concert – Liederabend in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. In 2012, he was champion in 7th Malaysia Christian Singing Competition and joined the 10 Young Christians Singers Malaysia Concert Tour – Sing Unto Lord in October. In 2014, Raymond was invited to sing the Tenor Solo in The Reformative Spirit from Bach to Us – Motet BWV227 and Cantata BWV24 in Kuala Lumpur. In 2015, Raymond was invited by the Singapore Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra to perform the Tenor Solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Concert Hall at Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay. In the same year, Raymond was invited to sing the Tenor Solo in the Concert for the World Anti-Fascist Victory (1945-2015) at Singapore Conference Hall.
Raymond is also an active choral conductor taking part in many events: The 27th World Conference of The International Music Education Society at KLCC in July 2006, and The 6th Young Singers’ Choral Festival at KLPac in 2008. Crescendo Voices, a choir which Raymond founded, won the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod Youth Category in 2009 and the A Capella Championships International Ensemble Category in 2010. Crescendo Voices was invited to perform in the 8th JB Art Festival and the Vocal Mania Concert in Singapore in 2011. In 2012 and 2014, he joined the Amoris Singers’ (Singapore) Concert Tour to Auckland and Indonesia.
His years at NAFA gave him the opportunity to perform in Three Opera Scenes Projects – excerpts from Mozart’s Magic Flute (as Tamino) in 2007, excerpts from Puccini’s La Boheme (as Rudolph) and Bizet’s Carmen (as Le Remendado) in 2008, excerpts from Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow (as Danilo) and Verdi’s La Traviata (as Alfredo) in 2009. Raymond, has also performed as Second Jew in the Singapore Lyric Opera’s production – Strauss’ Salome (2011) held at the Esplanade Theatre.