Chieko Mori started to learn the Japanese Traditional Instrument the Koto, Japanese Dance and Piano
at the age of three. After graduated Keio University in Tokyo (dep. of Environmental Information at SFC),
she decided to approach her own way and left Japan to find new frontier beyond traditional Koto music.
In 1999, Chieko moved to Italy Treviso, where she was invited to FABRICA Music Department
(Benetton artist research center) for years. Whilst living in London after 2000, had been working with
Robert Wilson's theater production, involving music composition for Venice Biennale 2001 and
Giorgio Armani exhibition with Michael Galasso (Composer-Violinist).
In 2005, she released first original album from Tzadik in New York.
She has been composed music for Dance production of Virpi Pahkinen (Stockholm) since 2007.
She has fully mastered the techniques of classical Koto, but has adopted a fresh approach
towards the Instrument and suggesting new possibilities for improvising and composition.
Chieko had been performing various festivals and concerts over 14 countries, more than 70 cities.
KOTO STUDIO is her own school, start since 2007 in Tokyo, where students have environment to learn
Koto without involving any particular school styles and convention, rather guide to develop individual sound.
Students come to join inside and outside of Japan, she enthusiastically leads her methods
to a new generation of Koto Performers.