Chiyomi Yamada was born in 1956 in Fukuoka, Japan. After her graduation from Music College in Tokyo she went to The Netherlands to study Baroque music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Marius van Altena and Dr. Rebecca Stewart. Soon she became a member of the Renaissance cappellae of Dr. Stewart and began to give concerts. This early experience has continued to be influential in shaping Miss Yamada's ideas about Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant. In addition she became the vocalist of 'Alba Musica Kyo' directed by Toyohiko Satoh. With this group she performed in festivals in The Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Canada. In 1983 Miss Yamada traveled throughout Canada as a music envoy of the Japanese government, in 1985 she gave a concert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her particular combination of musicality, intelligence, vocal clarity and delicacy continued to please her various audiences and ensured her acceptance within the world of early music.
Her CD's include the following: 'Two Orphean Masters' (Dowland and Purcell), 'Music in Dejima', 'Love and Musical Drama (early Italian Baroque music) , 'Works of Toyohiko Satoh' (I and II), 'Landini & his time', 'Machaut & his time', 'Music of Shakespeare', 'Dawn to the West' (Japanese songs) .
Since 2002 Miss Yamada has been living in Japan, where she has been developing a new project on the shared Japanese-European cultural history. And in 2010, she recorded the CD 'KUROFUNE', 2016, ’Yugen’ Toyohiko Satoh for Carpe Diem Records.