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 will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2017|
|January 8th||Wisbech - KeyNote CONCERTS|
|January 12th||Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)|
New Years Party Members and invited guests
|February 2nd||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 12th||Rutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club (more details)|
with Jon Smith
|March 14th||White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society|
|May 10th||Herne Bay Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 16th||Bournemouth Pavilion (more details)|
with Jon Smith
|May 17th||St Austell Organ & Keyboard Club|
|June 14th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|June 15th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|July 23rd||North East Theatre Organ Association (more details)|
and Jon Smith
|August 10th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society (more details)|
(With guest Jon Smth)
|August 14th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|August 19th||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club|
|August 20th||Aldermaston Concert Centre|
|August 24th||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Kensington Hotel Llandudno
|August 29th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 30th||Verwood Organ Society (more details)|
Duet show with Jon Smith
|September 10th||Kent and Sussex Organ Club (more details)|
with Jon Smith
|September 11th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 13th||Bristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society|
|October 19th||Harrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|October 26th||Taunton and Wellington Keyboard Club|
|November 9th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|November 25th||Wimbledon charity concert with Ikuko Yokoyama (more details)|
with Jon Smith
|November 28th||New Forest Organ Society|
|December 21st||East Herts Modern Organ Club|
|Concerts in 2018|
|February 28th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 25th||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
|April 17th||Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society|
|July 17th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|
|November 16th||Cookhill Keyboard Club|