Chizuko Endo

Senior Vocationist

Chizuko Endo has been playing taiko for over 40 years; first with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, then Osuwa Taiko of Nagano, Oedo Sukeroku Taiko of Tokyo, and currently with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble and Taiko Center of the Pacific. She has performed throughout the world with Oedo Sukeroku Taiko (Tokyo) and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble.

Chizuko serves as Managing Director, instructor, and performer of Taiko Center of the Pacific. She is also an Artistic Teaching Partner in Hawaii public schools conducting short term taiko residencies. She offered a 5 week intensive course for grades 3-8 at Punahou Summer School for 20 years. In 2016, she was honored with the inaugural "Distinguished Alumni" award from the University of Hawaii's School of Pacific and Asian Studies Department, and in 2017, honored along with TCP co-founder Kenny Endo with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's "Sharing the Spirit of Aloha" award.

She has performed throughout the US and Japan, as well as in Canada, Europe, Argentina, Malaysia, and Australia. Chizuko was one of 18 female taiko players from North America and Japan selected to participate in the HERbeat taiko residency and concer in 2020. Her piece, Yamamba, featuring a mask she carved, was one of the pieces showcased in the unprecedented concert. In the numerous concerts she has produced, high-ranking taiko groups and musicians have been introduced, raising the awareness and appreciation for high quality taiko.

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