Recognized for his remarkable versatility in opera, ballet, and symphonic conducting, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor Chiya Amos is currently Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre North Ossetia-Alania, and will be joining the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre as an Assistant Conductor from October 2020.
Through his mentor Riccardo Muti and following the grand lineage and tradition of Arturo Toscanini, Chiya focuses on the Italian operatic repertoire, particularly the operas of Verdi such as Aida, Rigoletto, Macbeth, La traviata, and Falstaff , while regularly working with opera houses throughout Russia. He frequently collaborates with the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre as a Regular Guest Conductor, and has worked with opera and ballet companies such as the RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre, St. Petersburg Ballet (Alexandrinsky Theatre), St. Petersburg Music Hall, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Malmo Opera, Shanghai Opera House, and others. His operatic and ballet repertoire also include Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflote, Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, La boheme, Der fliegende Hollander, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, Tannhauser, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Sylvia, Pulcinella, Petrushka, Firebird, Jeu de cartes and Anyuta.
Chiya also holds the distinction of being the first Singaporean to conduct in several major cities in Russia, and has conducted some of Russia’s prominent orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and others. In the recent seasons he has also worked with the North-Ossetia Symphony Orchestra, KLASSIKA Orchestra, Togliatti Symphony Orchestra, Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra, Tomsk Symphony Orchestra, Kostroma Symphony Orchestra, Karaganda Symphony Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Budapest MAV Symphony Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, 1B1 Ensemble, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, String Ensemble of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Filarmonia Orchestra Xalapa, Cadaques Orchestra, and Tokyo-HARUSAI Festival Orchestra. Chiya was also a guest conductor at several music festivals, including the Tokyo Spring Festival, International Musical Olympus Festival, Estivals de Musique en Medoc, and the Singapore International Festival of Music.
Upcoming highlights of the 2020/2021 season include returning to the Mariinsky Theatre North Ossetia-Alania and RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre to conduct Aida, La Traviata, Carmen, and a new production of Rigoletto, joining the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre for the premiere of Don Giovanni and the ballet Anyuta, Macbeth at the Tokyo Spring Festival – Opera Nomori, as well as making his debut in Serbia with Onegin at the Serbian National Theatre, and in Mexico with the Filarmonia Orchestra Xalapa.
Chiya is the First Prize winner at the the 2nd St. Petersburg Open International Conducting Competition and a prize winner at the 5th Ilya Musin International Competition for Young Conductors. He was personally chosen by Riccardo Muti to study with him at the inaugural Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo, as well as to work and assist him at the Spring Festival in Tokyo from 2019-2021, where he will make his debut in Japan conducting Verdi’s Macbeth. He has also worked closely as an assistant conductor to Yan Pascal Tortelier and both the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic in 2016/2017, and was assistant conductor of the RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2018-2019.
Chiya studied piano and composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In addition to his conducting work, Chiya is the founder and artistic director of SENTIRE, helping the hearing and visually impaired in access, appreciate, and enjoy the performing arts, as well as a visiting musical clinician and educator at various institutions around the world.