Chiya Amos is a multifaceted Singaporean artist, whose artistic and scientific career combines that of a conductor, composer, pianist, environmental jurist, cultural geographer, and sustainability researcher. He is currently the Permanent Conductor and Advisor of the Hirodai Symphony Orchestra, Research Fellow (Sustainability Science) at Hiroshima University, and Representative for Music and Culture of the International Council of Environmental Law.
Recognised for his remarkable versatility in opera, ballet, and symphonic conducting, Chiya’s repertoire encompasses a wide range of operas and ballets, and has worked at the Tokyo Opera Nomori, 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, Malmo Opera, Shanghai Opera House, among others. In the recent seasons he has also worked with the Tokyo-Harusai Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, State Symphony Capella of Russia, RNO-Alania Symphony Orchestra, KLASSIKA Orchestra, Togliatti Symphony Orchestra, Tomsk Symphony Orchestra, and the Kostroma Symphony 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.
Chiya won the first prize at the 2nd St. Petersburg Open International Conducting Competition, and was a prize winner at the 2019 Ilya Musin International Competition for Young Conductors. He was selected by Riccardo Muti to work with him on the operas of Verdi at the Spring Festival in Tokyo in 2019/2021, where he made his debut in Tokyo with Macbeth and also conducted Rigoletto. Chiya was also the first Singaporean conductor invited to conduct Verdi’s Aida and Rigoletto at the Lkhasaran Linkhovoin Opera Festival in Russia in 2019.
Chiya studied composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Leonid Korchmar, and operatic conducting and vocal coaching at the Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo with Riccardo Muti. He was assistant conductor to Yan Pascal Tortelier with both the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic in 2016/2017, assistant conductor at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2019/2020, and a regular guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre North Ossetia-Alania from 2018–2020.
In addition to his conducting work, Chiya is dedicated to sustainability transformation, environment, and community conservation. He is currently a PhD student in Transdiciplinarity at the Hiroshima University, and became the first music performing artist to awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship in the field of sustainability science (2022-2025), the Graduate School Leader Education Program Award (04/2022), as well as the university and Higashihiroshima city council’s SDGs Ideas Mining for Specialists Award (06/2022). He also became the first musician to be named a Representative of the International Council of Environmental Law in 2021, where his field involves the cultural intervention in the implementation of environmental law and governance.