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Chiho Sunamoto

Telephone Number :  0191 258 7541   or   07967229094

Email address :  chiho.sunamoto@btinternet.com

Address :  37 Moor Close,  North Shields,  Tyne and Wear,  NE29 8DB 

About Chiho

Chiho Sunamoto, who has recently been described as the Vanessa Mae of the organ and keyboard world, brings a breath of fresh air onto the keyboard scene. Originally from Matsuyama, in the South of Japan, Chiho began by learning the piano at the age of 3, from there progressing at the age of 9 to the local Yamaha Music School to learn the art of organ playing.

During Chiho's time at St. Katerina University, where she studied opera singing, piano and classical organ, she became one of the youngest people to pass Yamaha's top exam, Grade 3 Music Diploma.

Twice Chiho was a finalist in the Yamaha Electone (organ) Festival, which led to offers of work from Yamaha as an overseas demonstrator and contracts with two of Japan's major TV stations where she composed and performed for a variety of shows.

After leaving University, Chiho continued to tour as an overseas demonstrator for Yamaha, performing in 42countries. In 1986 she settled in the North East of England and has continued to perform both nationally and internationally. As well as performing, Chiho teaches organ and piano, and is the only female in Europe to hold Yamaha top exam passes in Piano, Organ and Music Fundamentals. She is often called upon to judge international music competitions.

Since being based in the UK, Chiho has released 10 CDs, 9 cassettes and a video featuring a range of music. She has also released several software discs and music books for Yamaha.

Notable public performances include:-

Edinburgh Festival, Becks Theatre London, Blackpool Tower Centenary concert which was broadcast live on Radio 2, the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, and the Fairfield Hall, Croydon. Her latest TV performance is part of the Channel 4 documentary series about the organ, entitled "Howard Goodall's Organ Works"

Chiho plays the latest top of the range, state of the art, all singing, all dancing electronic Yamaha Organs and Clavinova that sound one minute like the Berlin Philharmonic and the next like Deep Purple. She also sings like an angel and has a smile that would melt Mount Fuji. Her love of music and performing, combined with her sunny personality, guarantee that anyone attending one of her performances will have an enjoyable time. Her diverse musical tastes that includes classical composers through Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff to Frank Sinatra, ensures there is something for everyone in her performances.

Chiho's Photo Gallery

Chiho's Concert Diary

Chiho's Festival appearances

Chiho will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2018

March 5th

   AOE Musical Break

May 20th

   St Audries Bay Organ & Keyboard Weekend

Concerts in 2018
January 10thHailsham Organ Club
January 22ndLeyland In Tune
January 26thCrawley Keyboard Club
February 21stLlay Organ Society (more details)

& Jon Smith

February 28thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
March 7thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert with Jon Smith

March 8thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert

March 14thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
March 19thHull - The Organised Music Society (TOMS) (more details)

with Jon Smith

March 21stPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
March 23rdSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

Horringer Community Centre, Horringer, Nr Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU. Contact Mike Roberts 01359 250704 or 07773 244616. Email mikedrob27@gmail.com

April 10thPenrith and District Organ Society
April 14thCambridge Electronic Organ Society
April 17thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
April 19thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

with Jon Smith

April 21stOrgan & Keybord cavalcade Seacroft (more details)

with Jon Smith

April 22ndOrgan & Keybord Cavalcade Seacroft (more details)

with Jon Smith

April 30thBanstead Organ and Keyboard Club
May 2ndOllerton and District Organ Society
May 20thSt Audries Bay Organ Weeks
June 16thColchester Organ Society (more details)

Saturday afternoon -special concert.

June 17thStilton In Tune
June 20thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

Tea Dance

July 5thScunthorpe Organ Society
July 14thCrossing
July 24thLaunceston Electronic Organ Club (more details)

Eagle House Hotel. 3 Castle Street. Launceston. PL15 8BA With Jon Smith.

July 26thKingswinford and District Organ Society (more details)

& Jon Smith

August 13thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
August 20thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club
September 3rdNuneaton and District Organ Society
September 11thAbergele and District Electronic Organ Society
October 16thBolton In Tune (BADEOS)
November 7thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

Tea Dance

November 8thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

with Jon Smith

November 16thCookhill Keyboard Club
November 17thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

with Jon Smith

November 18thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

with Jon Smith

November 26thBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
November 27thWhite Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
December 11thNew Forest Organ Society
December 12thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society) (more details)

with Jon Smith

Concerts in 2019
February 26thGloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club
March 5thBexley Music Club
June 14thAscot Organ and Keyboard Club
July 17thHull - The Organised Music Society (TOMS) (more details)

with Jon Smith

August 22ndMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert with Jon Smith, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

October 2ndGrimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club
October 8thWithernsea Organ Society
October 14thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
November 5thEastbourne Piano and Keyboard Club (more details)

with Jon Smith

December 2ndNew Forest Organ Society (more details)

South Lawn Country House Hotel afternoon concert