Chiya Amos is a multifaceted Singaporean artist, whose artistic and scientific career combines that of a conductor, composer, pianist, environmental jurist, creative geographer, social scientist, and sustainability researcher. He is currently the Conductor of the Eudaimonia Orchestra Japan, Conductor and Advisor of the Hirodai Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima University Research Fellow in Sustainability Science, 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 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 in Perm with Teodor Currentzis, and operatic conducting and vocal coaching at the inaugural Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo. 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. He left Russia in 2022 and joined the Hirodai Symphony Orchestra (Hiroshima University) as their permanent conductor and advisor, and was named conductor of the Eudaimonia Orchestra Japan in 2023.
In addition to his conducting work, Chiya is dedicated to sustainability transformation, environment, and community conservation. In 2022 he became the first music performing artist to awarded the Hiroshima University Research Fellowship in the field of sustainability science for a three-year tenure, the Graduate School Leader Education Program Award, as well as the university and Higashihiroshima city council’s SDGs Ideas Mining for Specialists Award. 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. He read environmental law with Koh Kheng Lian, emeritus professor of the National University of Singapore, and is currently a doctoral candidate in creative geography and sustainability science at Hiroshima University.