Described as “a conductor with a unique luminous energy”, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor, pianist, and composer Amos Chia is the First Prize winner of the 2nd International St. Petersburg Open Conducting Competition in 2017.
Chia regularly guest conducts orchestras in Russia and abroad, and has already worked with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra “Klassika”, Togliatti Philharmonic, Murmansk Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Bordeaux, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Manila Symphony Orchestra, 1B1 Ensemble, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic, Chamber Ensemble of the Cadaqués Orchestra, amongst others. He was also an assistant conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, and was a cover conductor for the London Sinfonietta. Chia has also worked with several internationally renowned soloists, including Seong-jin Cho, Clara-Jumi Kang, Nikolai Lugansky, Isang Enders, and singers from the Mariinsky Young Academy. In Russia, Chia was the Principal Conductor of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Society (St. Petersburg) from 2015-18.
Equally at home in the opera pit, Chia has worked with the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St. Petersburg Music Hall Theatre, St. Petersburg Ballet, Shanghai Opera House, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Opera Viva (Singapore), and was an associate conductor for Der Fliegende Holländer at the Singapore International Festival of Music, the first Wagner opera staged in Singapore. Whilst still a student, Chia gave his critically acclaimed debut as an emergency substitute conductor to a sold-out crowd at the Music Hall State Theatre during the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in 2016, for which he was immediately re-invited as a guest conductor.
Chia studied composition and piano at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and operatic and symphonic conducting at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Chia also assisted and studied closely with Yan Pascal Tortelier at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and is currently based in St. Petersburg where he is affiliated with the Mariinsky Theatre as a musical assistant to Leonid Korchmar. His other mentors include Teodor Currentzis and John Nelson. During his studies he was a Conducting Fellow of the Gartow Stiftung, and was awarded the Sergei Rachmaninoff Society Diploma for his contributions to music, and F.J. Benjamin-Singapore Symphony Orchestra Bursary Award for conducting in 2013 and 2014.
Having a passion for philanthropy and the arts, Chia founded SENTIRE, a non-profit initiative dedicated to bringing the performing arts and music education to the hearing and visually impaired youth in Singapore, and currently serves as its Artistic Director.
“Chia is a conductor with a unique luminous energy…elegant, delicate, with every detail carefully and respectfully thought out…”
“Chia conducted with a personal mix of elegance and determination…”
“He (Chia) 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