Amos Chia (Chiya) founded SENTIRE in October 2012 (initially as Project:SENTIRE, and Sentire Singapore between 2013-2016).
When Amos 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, Amos curates and organize interactive performing arts programmes and workshops for both the Singapore School for the Deaf and the Lighthouse School. 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 Amos’ work as a composer and conductor in London, where he was introduced to soundpainting by Diego Ghymers, Music Director of the London SoundPainting Orchestra.
Amos began his music education in London, where he studied composition and piano at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and was awarded the Trinity College of Music Scholarship. He subsequently entered the St. Petersburg State Conservatory to study conducting in 2012, where he is also affiliated with the famed Mariinsky Theatre as an assistnat apprentice of Leonid Korchmar. He also highly regards Yan Pascal Tortelier as a mentor, and has been studying with him since 2016.
Amos has already conducted orchestras around the world, including the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra, Baltic Youth Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Camerata Regala. He has worked with players from the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, was a cover conductor for the London Sinfonietta, and an assistant conductor with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. He has also received several accolades, and was the recipient of both the 2nd and 3rd F.J.Benjamin-Singapore Symphony Orchestra Bursary Award.
In 2016 and at only 25 years of age, He was named the next Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg Rachmaninov Society.