Recognized for his remarkable versatility in opera, ballet, and symphonic conducting, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor Chiya Amos is Permanent Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre North Ossetia-Alania since 2018, and a Conducting Fellow at the Spring Festival in Tokyo for 2019-2021.
Through his mentor Riccardo Muti and following the grand lineage and tradition of Arturo Toscanini, Chiya focuses on the Italian operatic repertoire, and together with his natural affinity for ballet, his diverse repertoire encompasses more than forty operas and ballet. He regularly works with opera houses and ballet companies throughout Russia, such as the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre, St. Petersburg Ballet (Alexandrinsky Theatre), St. Petersburg Music Hall, Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre, as well as opera and ballet companies around the world, including the Opera Royal de Wallonie, Malmo Opera, Shanghai Opera House, and others.
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-Alania 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 Spring Festival in Tokyo, International Musical Olympus Festival, Estivals de Musique en Medoc, and the Singapore International Festival of Music, and was the first foreigner to open the Lkhasaran Linkhovoin Opera Festival in Russia at their 80th anniversary with Rigoletto.
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 Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2020.
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.