Described as “elegant, delicate, with every detail carefully and respectfully thought out…”, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor, pianist, and composer Amos Chia (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 Aquitaine, Chamber 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 Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of the North Ossetia-Alania branch, and has since been a frequent guest conductor at the theatre branch in Vladikavkaz.
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 as a finalist in the Constant Lambert Fellowship of the Royal Ballet in 2018. Chiya has also been invited to conduct at several music festivals around the world, including the International Musical Olympus Festival, Estivals de Musique en Medoc (France), and the Singapore International Festival of Music.
Chiya studied composition and piano at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and operatic and symphonic conducting with Leonid Korchmar at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. Chiya also studied closely with Yan Pascal Tortelier in Reykjavik, and his other mentors include Teodor Currentzis and John Nelson. During his studies he was awarded the Sergei Rachmaninoff Society Diploma for his contributions to music, and the F.J. Benjamin-Singapore Symphony Orchestra Bursary Award for conducting in 2013 and 2014.
“(Chiya)…elegant, delicate, with every detail carefully and respectfully thought out…”
“Chiya conducted with a personal mix of elegance and determination…”
“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…”