“(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 both opera and ballet conducting, the fast-rising young Singaporean conductor Chiya Amos is a regular guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, North Ossetia Branch, with whom he has built a special relationship since his debut in 2018. He is also currently 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 in both 2019 and 2020.
Chiya started his career as an opera conductor when his affiliation with the Mariinsky Theatre as a musical assistant began in 2013. He has since collaborated with the Mariinsky Theatre North Ossetia; Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liege; Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre; St. Petersburg Music Hall; St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet; Shanghai Opera House, and others, and his operatic and ballet repertoire include Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflote, Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, La traviata, La boheme, Aida, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Der fliegende Hollander, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Sylvia, Pulcinella, Petrushka, Firebird, and Jeu de cartes.
Chiya also holds the distinction of being the first Singaporean to conduct in several cities in Russia, and frequently guest conducts some of Russia’s prominent orchestras including St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra; St. Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra; Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra North Ossetia-Alania; KLASSIKA Orchestra; Togliatti Symphony Orchestra; Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra; Tomsk Symphony Orchestra, and others. In the recent seasons he has also worked internationally with the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra; Baltic Sea Philharmonic; Budapest MAV Symphony Orchestra; Manila Symphony Orchestra; 1B1 Ensemble; Sichuan Symphony Orchestra; Singapore Chinese Orchestra; Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine; Cadaques Orchestra, Tokyo-HARUSAI Festival Orchestras and members of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He worked closely as an assistant conductor to Yan Pascal Tortelier with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, and was also a guest conductor at several music festivals around the world, including the Tokyo Spring Festival, International Musical Olympus Festival, Estivals de Musique en Medoc, and the Singapore International Festival of Music.
Chiya studied composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and opera-symphonic conducting with Leonid Korchmar at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He has also been mentored by Riccardo Muti and Teodor Currentzis. In 2017, Chiya was awarded the First Prize at the II International Conducting Competition St. Petersburg Open in Russia.