Motoki Hirai – Piano Recital In Aid of Japan Earthquake

Date: Wednesday 25th May 2011 – 7:30pm
Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Motoki Hirai has appeared regularly in the music capitals of the Far East, America and Europe, as well as London’s prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square and the South Bank Centre. In the 2011/2012 season and beyond, Motoki will be giving concerto performances with orchestras such as Czech Virtuosi, as well as solo recital tours across Europe and his native Japan.

As a composer, Motoki has been commissioned to write new works for artists in various fields which were performed and premièred in venues such as Carnegie Hall (NY), Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea Festival 2008, Dulwich Festival 2010 (London), St. George’s (Bristol), Smetana Hall (Prague), Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (Paris), Auditori Pau Casals (Barcelona), Tokyo Opera City and NHK Hall (Tokyo). His music has also been used in films such as ‘Voice’ (2004) and ‘The Emperor’s Tram Girls’ (2005). In celebration of Chopin’s bicentennial in 2010, Motoki Hirai published his piano composition ‘Hommage à Chopin’ (both solo and duet versions), through the publisher ‘Chopin Corp.’ (Tokyo).

After reading philosophy at Keio University in Tokyo, Motoki came to London in 1996 to study at the Royal Academy of Music and City University. Since 1991, Motoki has collaborated with artists including Michael Cox, Kalman Berkes, Barry Craft, John Pearce and his father, the celebrated cellist Takeichiro Hirai, whom Pablo Casals designated as his successor.

Over the years, Motoki Hirai has performed for the promotion of world peace and for people in need worldwide in association with organizations such as the Red Cross, UNICEF and UNESCO. In 2010 Motoki was invited to Lithuania to give a charity concert, commemorating Sempo (Chiune) Sugihara who saved the lives of 6000 Polish Jews during the Second World War. Motoki has broadcast internationally on radio and television (Classic FM, BBC, ITV and NHK) and has made a number of recordings on CD. His most recent release is of works for solo piano ‘Motoki Hirai Piano Works’ (2006/2010), supported by Steinway & Sons.

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