Amos Chiya founded SENTIRE in October 2012 (initially as Project:SENTIRE, and Sentire Singapore between 2013-2016).
When Chiya was a composition student in London, he was inspired to compose pieces of music and organize performances which both the hearing and visually impaired could experience as satisfying as anyone else would. This eventually led to the idea for the creation of a special project, Project:SENTIRE, where the hearing-impaired would be introduced to various genres of music and the various instruments of an orchestra. Project:SENTIRE was extremely well-received, and soon Sentire Singapore was formed to continue to help the hearing and visually impaired access and enjoy the performing arts in Singapore.
At SENTIRE, Chiya curates and organize interactive performing arts programmes and workshops for both the Singapore School for the Deaf and the Lighthouse School together with his fellow Artist Associates. He is also the founder of the Sentire Ensemble under Sentire Singapore, incorporating elements of improvisation and soundpainting in the direction of the ensemble. The idea for the creation of an ensemble which would unite the hearing impaired through music came as the result of Chiya’s work as a composer and conductor in London, where he was introduced to soundpainting by Diego Ghymers, Music Director of the London SoundPainting Orchestra.
Chiya studied piano and composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, orchestral conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Leonid Korchmar, and 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 made his debut in Japan conducting Verdi’s Macbeth. Chiya has also worked closely as an assistant conductor to Yan Pascal Tortelier and both the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, and from 2018-2019 was assistant conductor of the RNO-Alania Opera and Ballet Theatre.