BIOGRAPHY

IMG_7856Described as “elegant, delicate, with every detail carefully and respectfully thought out…”, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor, pianist, and composer Amos Chia (aka Chiya) is the First Prize winner of the 2nd International St. Petersburg Open Conducting Competition in Russia.

Chiya regularly guest conducts orchestras in Russia and abroad, and in the recent seasons has worked with the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra; St. Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra; KLASSIKA Orchestra; State Academic Orchestra of North Ossetia-Alania; Togliatti Symphony Orchestra; Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra; Tomsk Symphony Orchestra; Karaganda Symphony Orchestra; Baltic Sea Philharmonic; Budapest MAV Symphony Orchestra; Manila Symphony Orchestra; 1B1 Ensemble; Sichuan Symphony Orchestra; Singapore Chinese Orchestra; Ensemble of the Orchestre National Bordeaux AquitaineChamber Ensemble of the Cadaqués Orchestra, and others. He was also an assistant conductor to Yan Pascal Tortelier with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, and was a cover conductor for the London Sinfonietta. In 2018 Chiya made his debut with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, North Ossetia-Alania branch, and has since been a frequent guest conductor at the theatre branch in Vladikavkaz and the North Caucasus region.

Equally at home in the opera pit, Chiya has worked with the orchestras of the St. Petersburg Music Hall Theatre; Shanghai Opera House; Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liege; Bolshoi Kamernny Theatre (St. Petersburg); Opera Viva (Singapore), and was an assistant conductor at the Hermitage Theatre with St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet. Whilst still a student, Chiya started his conducting career as an emergency substitute conductor to a sold-out crowd at the Music Hall State Theatre during the 2016 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, where his critically acclaimed performance resulted in an immediate return invitation. In addition, he was invited to conduct at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) as a finalist in the Constant Lambert Fellowship of the Royal Ballet in 2018. Chiya was also a guest conductor at several music festivals around the world, including the International Musical Olympus Festival, Estivals de Musique en Medoc, and the Singapore International Festival of Music.

Chiya studied composition and piano with Deirdre Gribbin and Paul Newland at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and conducting with Leonid Korchmar at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Chiya also studied conducting with Yan Pascal Tortelier and Teodor Currentzis, and worked with conductors such as Ed Spanjaard, Kent Nagano, Kristjan Jarvi, and John Nelson. During his studies he was awarded the Sergei Rachmaninoff Society Diploma for his contributions to music, the F.J. Benjamin-Singapore Symphony Orchestra Bursary Award for conducting in 2013 and 2014, and the Trinity College of Music Scholarship for Composition. Chiya currently divides his time between St. Petersburg, Russia and Singapore.

“(Chiya)…elegant, delicate, with every detail carefully and respectfully thought out…”
-Teodor Currentzis

“Chiya conducted with a personal mix of elegance and determination…”
-Ed Spanjaard

“He (Chiya) has great physical talent which allows him to communicate his musical phrasing and ideas to the orchestra naturally from the podium…”
-Symphony 92.4 FM

“His dialogue with the orchestra while conducting Mozart is light and unconstrained…”
-Russia 1