Chiyomi Yamada was born in Fukuoka, Japan. After her graduation from Kunitachi Music College in Tokyo in 1980 she travelled to The Netherlands to study Baroque music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Marius van Altena and Dr. Rebecca Stewart. Soon after, she became a member of the Renaissance cappella of Dr. Stewart and began to perform in concert. This early experience has been influential in shaping Miss Yamada's ideas about Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant. In addition she became the vocalist of 'Alba Musica Kyo', a chamber ensemble directed by Toyohiko Satoh. With this group she performed in festivals in The Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Canada. Their programs ranged from medieval to modern.
In 1983 Chiyomi Yamada travelled throughout Canada as a music envoy of the Japanese government and in 1985 she gave a concert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her particular combination of musicality, intelligence, vocal clarity and delicacy continued to win audiences wherever she performed and ensured her acceptance within the world of early music. Since 1985 she has travelled back to Japan regularly, where she worked to help to increase knowledge of early music.
Her albums include the following: 'Two Orphean Masters' (Dowland and Purcell) for the Brain record label; 'Music in Dejima', 'Love and Musical Drama (early Italian Baroque music) for Entée; 'Works of Toyohiko Satoh' (I and II), 'Landini & his time', 'Machaut & his time', 'Music of Shakespeare' for Channel Classics and 'Dawn to the West' (Japanese songs) for Nostalgia.
Since 2002 Chiyomi Yamada has been living in Japan, where she has been developing a new project based on the shared Japanese-European cultural history of the 16th and 17th centuries. In 2005 and 2007 she recorded 'Music to connect Saikai-Portugal' for the Board of Education in Japan.
She also supervises the 'Luty Salon Concert Series'.