“(Chiya) captivated the audience and conveyed the beauty of the Russian winter landscape with his magnificent originality and expressiveness of the (Tchaikovsky) symphony”
Recognized for his remarkable versatility in opera, ballet, and symphonic conducting, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor Chiya Amos is currently Regular Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, North Ossetia-Alania branch. He is also one of the four inaugural conducting fellows personally selected by Riccardo Muti for the Italian Opera Academy at the Tokyo Spring Festival – Tokyo Opera Nomori for both 2019 and 2020.
After making his debut as an emergency substitute conductor with Cosi fan tutte with the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Opera and Ballet Theatre, Chiya has been regularly invited as an opera and ballet conductor in several opera theatres throughout Russia including the Mariinsky Theatre Alania, RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre, Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre, St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet, Music Hall State Theatre, as well as other opera companies around the world including the Opera Royal de Wallonie, Shanghai Opera House and Opera Viva Singapore, among others. Following the grand tradition of Toscanini and Riccardo Muti, Chiya focuses on the Italian repertoire, particularly the operas of Verdi such as La traviata, Aida, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Macbeth. 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, and Jeu de cartes.
As a symphonic conductor, Chiya holds the distinction of being the first Singaporean to conduct in several major cities in Russia, and frequently guest conducts 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 KLASSIKA Orchestra, Togliatti Symphony Orchestra, Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra, Tomsk Symphony Orchestra, Kostroma 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, Cadaques Orchestra, Tokyo-HARUSAI Festival Orchestra, and members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He 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 2019/2020 season include returning to the Alania Mariinsky Theatre and RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre to conduct Aida, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Onegin, and Carmen, opening the 80th season with a new production of Rigoletto at the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre, premiere of the ballet Anyuta at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Macbeth at the Tokyo Spring Festival – Opera Nomori, as well as making his debut in Mexico with the Filarmonia Orchestra Xalapa.
Following piano and composition studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, Chiya graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory where he studied opera-symphonic conducting with Leonid Korchmar. He also studied conducting with Riccardo Muti in Tokyo, and was an assistant conductor to Yan Pascal Tortelier with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic in 2016-2017. Chiya has been awarded several prizes in piano, composition, and conducting, including the First Prize at the 2nd International Conducting Competition St. Petersburg Open in Russia (2017), and has been generously supported by the FJ Benjamin-Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Trailblazer Foundation Singapore.