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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

2019

August 16th

   Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick

August 19th

   Music in Llandudno 2019

Concerts in 2018
September 3rdNuneaton and District Organ Society
September 11thAbergele and District Electronic Organ Society
September 12thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society (more details)

with Jon Smith

September 15thseacroft (more details)

with Jon Smith

September 16thseacroft
October 9thSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club (more details)

with Jon Smith

October 28thMusic for the North East (more details)

and guests

November 16thCookhill Keyboard Club
November 17thBelper & District Organ & 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
March 9thAstoria Centre (more details)

April 4thNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
April 11thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society (more details)

and Jon Smith

May 31stSheppey Organ Club
July 17thHull - The Organised Music Society (TOMS) (more details)

with Jon Smith

July 18thHarrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

Also featuring Jon Smith!

August 22ndMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert with Jon Smith, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

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