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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.

2017

March 31st

   Seacroft Spring Spectacular

May 7th

   The Blackpool Extravaganza

August 21st

   Music in Llandudno

Concerts in 2017
January 8thWisbech - KeyNote CONCERTS
January 12thStockport Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

New Years Party Members and invited guests

February 2ndWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
March 12thRutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club (more details)

with Jon Smith

March 14thWhite Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
May 10thHerne Bay Organ and Keyboard Club
May 16thBournemouth Pavilion (more details)

with Jon Smith

May 17thSt Austell Organ & Keyboard Club
June 14thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
June 15thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club
July 23rdNorth East Theatre Organ Association (more details)

and Jon Smith

August 10thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society (more details)

(With guest Jon Smth)

August 14thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
August 19thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
August 20thAldermaston Concert Centre
August 24thMusical Breaks (more details)

Kensington Hotel Llandudno

August 29thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
August 30thVerwood Organ Society (more details)

Duet show with Jon Smith

September 10thKent and Sussex Organ Club (more details)

with Jon Smith

September 11thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
October 13thBristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society
October 19thHarrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
October 26thTaunton and Wellington Keyboard Club
November 9thSleaford Organ Club
November 25thWimbledon charity concert with Ikuko Yokoyama (more details)

with Jon Smith

November 28thNew Forest Organ Society
December 21stEast Herts Modern Organ Club
Concerts in 2018
February 28thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
March 25thSwineshead Charity Concerts (more details)

SHOWTIME 2.30pm

April 17thBournemouth Electronic Organ Society
July 17thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
November 16thCookhill Keyboard Club