Described as “elegant, delicate, with every detail carefully and respectfully thought out…”, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor Amos Chia (Chiya) is the First Prize winner of the 2nd International Conducting Competition in St. Petersburg, 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 Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, North Ossetia-Alania branch, and has since been a regular guest conductor at the theatre branch in Vladikavkaz. Chiya is also renowned in Russia for his interpretation of French orchestral music, and has premiered the works of Debussy, Poulenc, Dutilleux, Roussel, and Delibes in the Far North.
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 at the Hermitage Theatre with the 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 2018, he was selected to conduct at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) as a finalist in the Constant Lambert Fellowship of the Royal Ballet, and was also invited by Larisa Gergieva to join the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers as an apprentice opera conductor-vocal coach. His operatic and ballet repertoire includes Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Carmen, La traviata, La boheme, Aida, Falstaff, Der fliegende Hollander, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Sylvia, Pulcinella, Petrushka, Firebird, and Jeu de cartes. 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 at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and symphonic, operatic, and choral conducting with Leonid Korchmar at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Chiya was also mentored in conducting by Yan Pascal Tortelier in Reykjavik and Teodor Currentzis in Perm. During his studies he was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Society for his contributions and achievement in 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 Russia, and Singapore.