A native of Japan, pianist Makiko Hirata loves being a part of the family-like community of ROCO musicians and their supporters.
Pianist Makiko Hirata has a vision to make each of her performances a vessel for unique, communal, sensory experience. Her programs, often with a theme, emphasize the universal power of music to communicate, and the opportunity for each of us to empathize and resonate.
She has given recitals, lecture recitals, concerto performances, and children’s concerts in North and South America, Europe, and her native Japan, in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, and Tanglewood Music Center. She has performed with distinguished groups and musicians such as the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra and Spectrum Symphony in NYC, the Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Polish Philharmonia of Resovia, conductor Leon Fleisher, clarinetist David Krakauer, and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. She has collaborated with ROCO clarinetist Maiko Sasaki on a number of projects, including the recently released album The Greener Grass, a collection of masterpieces transcribed for clarinet and piano by Ms. Sasaki.
Passionate about sharing music through teaching and not just performance, she has taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College. She has appeared on TV and radio programs, and produced “Poco Piano” – a YouTube series of introductory talks about music. Makiko loves being a part of the family-like community of ROCO musicians and their supporters.