​Chihiro ONO

Born in Chiba/Japan, I am a heavily classical trained violinist (on modern and baroque) and a viola player for chamber music, performing and broadcasting on stage and media across the world. After achieving several prizes internationally in the classical music world with my J.B(Guadagnini1766), I started combining many different musical fields into my world. Now my repertoire ranges are Medieval, Baroque,Classical, Contemporary, Experimental music/theatre, Performing art, Improvisation, Noise, and Sound art.

I love nature, animals, stillness and activities (creating, expressing, discovering, exploring, studying). I chose especially music as a tool for that activities, and using this tool to connect people, space, time and sounds.

Why music? Because I want to understand humans. Music is the oldest communication tool for humans, that has been with us from the very beginning. By this tool, we think we can communicate with the others, change a perspective of the whole existence, and learn many things (e.g. our roots, abilities, potentials) by actively dedicated into it. Also I am extremely obsessed with sounds, which originally comes from passionately being a serious chamber musician in classical music world for my entire life. The result of this obsession, I can hear the direction of a sound, see shapes and colours, and feel emotions, feelings in sounds. 

Why do crossing over in music? Music is a language, and Sounds is an active vocabulary. The "music" has various languages. I can understand it, much better than the other tool we have. It is just like someone who speaks several languages with soul, to connect humans, spirit and world.

I began my musical journey at the age of 8 months with copying violin playing with two chopsticks before I could even walk, or talk. At the age of 9, I wrote "I want to master Music". My first name Chihiro's (智尋) meaning is "searching for wisdom". I am on that journey since.