Dr. Phang Kong-Chien (PhD), tenor, is currently a senior lecturer and coordinator of postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Music, UiTM, holding a PhD in Musicology from UPM; Master of Music in Voice Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University; and Bachelor of Science in Music and International Business from New Jersey City University. Phang maintains a busy schedule in performing, teaching and research. As a performer, Phang has been featured as a soloist in numerous opera and oratorio productions in New York and New Jersey, and has held voice recitals in Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh performing in many concerts, music festivals, workshops and conferences in venues, among them, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Opera at Florham, Dicapo Opera, Opera at Rutgers, Victoria Concert Hall, Zimmerli Art Museum, Istana Budaya and KLPac. Phang has performed as a soloist in the Messiah and the Creation and has been casted Albazar in Il Turco in Italian, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, The First Armed Man in The Magic Flute, Gobin in La Rondine and in operatic scenes in Marta, Gilbert and Sullivan at the Opera and Amadeus-Mostly Mozart. Among conductors Phang has worked with include Anton Coppola, Kevin Field, Benton Hess, Thomas Carlo Bo, Richard Clark and Juan Montoya. In the 1990s, Phang has released two solo albums under record labels of Sony Music and Goodstyle Enterprise.
Phang has given lectures at UCSI University, Sunway University, MIA, ASWARA and University College of Technology Twintech and has been as well appointed as the choir coordinator for NIE choir, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Phang has also been selected as one of the choral master trainers in the national choir camp organized by University Malaysia Sabah and has been regularly invited to be adjudicator in singing and choir competitions in the region.
In the field of research, Phang has investigated the habitus of bel canto singing tradition among the urban Malaysian Chinese communities and presented and published academic papers related to the topic. Phang has read research findings at various music conferences in Singapore, Austria, the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia.