Amitai Pati is of Samoan descent and has recently completed an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of world-renowned tenor, Dennis O’Neill. He was the winner of the prestigious Lexus SongQuest in 2012. He has extensive experience in choral singing, having performed and toured with the New Zealand Youth Choir, the Graduate Choir and the Auckland University Choir. He has performed as a backing vocalist on George Benson’s and Andrea Bocelli’s New Zealand tours. Most recently Amitai has performed in NBR New Zealand Opera’s Hohepa for the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Rigoletto. He has sung in master classes with the likes of Joseph Rouleau, Della Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Anne Murray, Maestro Richard Bonynge, Dennis O’Neill and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.