B i o g r a p h y
Originally from Yokohama, Japan. Kiho is a multi-instrumentalist, composer-arranger and an engineer. Her instruments include her first artistic tool, the violin followed by the piano, trumpet, tuba, bass guitar and many others throughout the years.
Kiho has won several awards for performance alone as a violinist and with her jazz sextet, awarded the 'Best Band' of Tokyo Fox Event. She went to matriculate into Berklee College of Music of Boston in September 2008 during which time she continued gigging as a violinist at various events; such as the pfizer group medical presentation, MFA Grand gallery opening, Lily Pad Unplugged Series, recordings and venues on and off campus. She studied closely with Bill Elliot, Tony Award winner writer, where she has learnt to write a simple but tasteful music. Her most notable experience was when she was chosen to perform two of her arrangements of Latin Grammy award winner, Ivan Lins, at the Ivan Lins Meets Berklee concert in October of 2011. She conducted the ensemble at the Berklee Performance Center. She went on to have arrangements performed by the Boston String Players led by Motoki Tanaka, the Berklee World Strings, led by Eugene Friesen and many others.
Now, following graduation from Berklee in December 2012 and moving to Brooklyn, NY, she has worked with producers and artists such as Jerry Barnes (Chic), Juan Fernando Velasco and broadway writers; Jim Hall and Michael Morciz. She also made her NY theater debut as a violinist at the Gallery Players' production of Stephen Sondheim's 'Company'. She is currently the string section leader of NYChillHarmonic Orchestra, which she has made her debut performance at the Kennedy Center D.C. and the Lincoln Center in NY. She is also a board member of iconiQ, The Soundtrack Orchestra, where she is the featured violinist and also a copyist. Her current project "Kiho x Samara" is a musical duo with a tap dancer and their debut performance is scheduled for next month. She continues to push her creative boundary and strives to become a versatile musician who is able to compose, arrange, transcribe, record and perform.