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    Media / Photos / Essay
    July 2016
    Euro News – Serial Photo Essay ‘Music through Travelling the Globe’, writing about Motoki’s piano recitals and workshops in Oman


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    Media / Photos
    July 2016
    ‘Ongaku Bunka no Sozo’ Magazine - Cover page photographs by Motoki in an essay written by Takeichiro Hirai on the launch of Kozaburo Hirai Museum (Motoki’s grandfather) in Ino, Kochi, Japan.

    Recording Sessions
    7 & 8 June 2016
    Recording Sessions (London, UK)

    Festival / Concert

    Thu, 5 May 2016 - 6:30 pm
    La Folle Journée au Japon 2016 – Maru-cube, Marunouchi Building (Marunouchi, Tokyo)


    Concert / Tsunami Charity
    Sat, 9 April 2016 - 8:15 pm
    Piano Recital in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)


    Programme to include Schubert's Piano Sonata No.21 in B-flat major, D.960; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90; Chopin's Nocturne, Mazurka and Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31 as well as the Netherlands première of Motoki's new composition for piano solo.

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    Media / Photos / Essay
    April 2016
    Euro News – Serial Photo Essay 'Music through Travelling the Globe', writing about Motoki's piano recitals in Oman


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    Media / Photos / Essay
    April 2016
    Motoki will restart the Serial Photo Essay 'Music through Travelling the Globe' (tbc) on 'Euro News' magazine (Spring issue).

    Tsunami Charity
    Fri, 11 March 2016
    On the 5th anniversary of the great earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, thousands of people gathered in the park in Sendai, Tohoku, and in association with NHK Europe, Sony UK, Paciffic 311, etc., the filmed performances from Motoki's London recital of his own piece 'Grace and Hope' (2011) and 'Litany' by Schubert (arr. by Liszt) were screened together with his message to the people of Tohoku.new composition for piano solo.

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    Concert / Tsunami Charity / Cancer Charity
    Thu, 3 March 2016 - 7:30 pm 

    Piano Recital in Barbican Centre - Milton Court Concert Hall (London)


    Programme to include Schubert's Piano Sonata No.21 in B-flat major, D.960; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90; Chopin's Nocturne, Mazurka and Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31 as well as the world première of Motoki's new composition for piano solo.

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    Media
    Wed, 9 March 2016
    Radio 'Prime Seat & OTTAVA Salone' – Live Recordings of London Recital (3 March)

    Media / Photos / Essay
    January 2016
    'Hanna' Music Magazine – Serial Photo Essay 'Music through Travelling the Globe', writing about the collaboration between Motoki Hirai and Peace Kitchen 'Experiencing Japanese Food through Picture Books and Music' at EXPO Milano 2015

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    Media / Review
    December 2015
    'Hatoh' Magazine (Japan)
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    Media / Photos / Essay
    November 2015
    'Hanna' Music Magazine – Serial Photo Essay 'Music through Travelling the Globe', writing about piano recitals, collaborations with Haiku artists, and a jam session with the legendary African percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose (1930-2015) in Dakar, Senegal.

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    EXPO MILANO 2015 / Picture Books Project
    Fri, 30 October 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Motoki Hirai x Peace Kitchen - Experiencing Japanese Food through Picture Books and Music (Reading, Piano and 'Onigiri' Workshop with a variety of sake from all over Japan)

    Motoki Hirai (Artistic Director/Composer/Pianist)
    Chiara Pasqualini (Reading in Italian)
    Midori Shimasue (Presenter in Italian)

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    Media
    Sat, 24 October 2015
    City Lights News Milano (Italy) on the collaboration between Motoki Hirai and Peace Kitchen at Expo Milano 2015

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    Media / Review
    Sat, 17 October 2015
    Iwate Nippo Newspaper (Japan)

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    Concert / Tsunami Charity
    Thu, 15 October 2015 - 6:30 pm
    Gala Concert in Aid of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami as part of Takeichiro Hirai's 60th Anniversary of his Professional Début (Iwate Kenmin Concert Hall, Iwate, Japan)
    Artists: Takeichiro Hirai (cello), Hideaki hirai (conductor), Motoki Hirai (piano), etc.

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    Media / Review
    October 2015
    Ongaku Gendai Music Magazine (Japan)

    Media / Photos / Essay
    September 2015
    'Hanna' Music Magazine – Serial Photo Essay 'Music through Travelling the Globe' Writing about piano recitals in Lithuania, also paying tribute to the Japanese diplomat Senpo (Chiune) Sugihara who saved the lives of 6,000 Jews during WWII.

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    Media / Review
    3 August 2015
    NIKKEI Newspaper (Japan)

    Media / Essay
    Aug 2015
    The Grieg Journal [Vol.8] – Essay on Motoki's piano composition 'Homage to Grieg' (1987/2007)

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    Concert
    Thu, 23 July 2015 - 7pm
    Gala Concert - Takeichiro Hirai's 60th Anniversary of his Professional Début (Kioi Hall, Tokyo)
    Performers: Takeichiro Hirai (cello), Motoki Hirai (piano) and Hideaki Hirai (conductor) with Diamond Jubilee Orchestra

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    Media
    15 July 2015
    The Music and Dance Press (Japan)

    Media / Photos / Essay
    July 2015
    'Hanna' Music Magazine – Cover page photos by Motoki. Essay on the launch of Kozaburo Hirai Museum (Motoki's grandfather) and concerts in Ino Hall in Kochi, Japan.

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    Concert
    1 June - 9 June, 2015
    Concert Tour (Norway and Scottland)

    Concert
    Sun, 10 May, 2015 - 2:00 pm & 4:30 pm [Two Performances]
    Special Duo Concerts to celebrate the launch of Kozaburo Hirai Memorial Gallery & Museum in Ino City (Kochi, Japan)

    Artists: Takeichiro Hirai (cello), Motoki Hirai (piano)

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    Festival / Concert

    Wed, 29 April 2015 - 5:30 pm
    La Folle Journée au Japon 2015 – Maru-cube, Marunouchi Building (Marunouchi, Tokyo)


    Media
    Sat, 18 April 2015
    Le Soleil (Senegal)
    "En concert à Sorano Le pianiste japonais Motoki HIRAÏ entre partitions et poésie"

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    Media
    Sat, 18 April 2015
    Walfadjiri (Senegal)
    "Prestation du pianiste japonais Motoki HIRAÏ – Sorano au rythme du haiku"

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    Media
    Fri, 17 April 2015
    RTS [Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise] (Senegal)

    Concert
    Thu, 16 April 2015
    Piano Recital - Théâtre National Daniel Sorano (Dakar, Senegal)


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    Media
    Thu, 16 April 2015
    RTS [Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise] (Senegal) 


    Compositions / Piano solo
    Wed, 15 April 2015
    Award ceremony of the 28th International Haiku Competition – Japanese Ambassador's Residence (Dakar, Senegal)


    Motoki is commissioned to write new compositions on both traditional and the award winning contemporary Haiku works, premièring them at the piano during the ceremony.

    Concert / Private Event
    Mon, 13 April 2015
    Piano Recital – Japanese Ambassador's Residence (Dakar, Senegal)


    Media
    Mon, 13 April 2015
    Le Soleil (Senegal)
    Son Excellence Monsieur Takashi KITAHARA, Ambassadeur du Japon au Sénégal « Le concert du jeudi sera une belle symbiose entre trois cultures »

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    Concert Tour
    11-19 April 2015
    Concert (Senegal, West Africa)


    Media
    Fri, 10 April 2015
    Le Soleil (Senegal)
    "Coopération Culturelle - Le pianiste japonais Motoki HIRAÏ en concert à Sorano, jeudi prochain"

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    Private Event
    Tue, 10 March 2015
    Speech and Piano Performance at the Graduation Ceremony at Teikyo School United Kingdom (Windsor, UK)

    Media
    March 2015 onwards
    'Hanna' Magazine (affiliate of 'Chopin' Magazine) – Serial Photo Essay 'Music through Travelling the Globe'

    Photo Essay No.1: Tanzania  >>

    Concert
    24 Jan. – 10 Feb. 2015
    Concert Tour (the Caribbean, Panama, Colombia & other Latin American countries)

    Lecture Recital / Private Event
    Wed, 21 January 2015 – 12:00
    Jiji Express Top Seminar – Motoki Hirai (Guest speaker & Pianist)

    Media
    Sun, 4 January 2015 (5:05pm)
    BNS Niigata Radio – Selection of live recordings from the performances in Niigata City (Japan)

    Media
    January 2015
    Chopin Magazine – Essay 'My Thoughts for the New Year'

    Concert
    Tue, 2 December 2014 - 7pm
    Duo Recital with Takeichiro Hirai (cello) in Niigata City Music & Culture Hall (Niigata, Japan) Programme to include Works for cello and piano by J.S.Bach, Beethoven, Casals and Takeichiro Hirai.

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    Media
    December 2014
    Chopin Magazine – An essay for 'Pianist News'

    Recording Sessions
    11 & 12 November 2014
    Recording Sessions (Surrey, UK)

    Media
    18 October 2014
    Yomiuri Newspaper (Japan) - A Tribute to Life and Works of Motoki Hirai

    Tsunami Charity / Art
    Mon, 7 July 2014
    Motoki's artwork will be displayed at the Gallery in the UK Parliament (Westminster, London), alongside works by international celebrities from various fields, as part of the Fukushima Tsunami Relief ("Okiagari-koboshi") Project'.

    Media
    July 2014
    Chopin Magazine – Review on Piano Recital (30 May, 2014) at Oji Hall in Tokyo.

    Concert / Compositions
    22 & 27 June 2014
    Performance of Motoki's composition for piano duet 'Hommage à Chopin' (1999/2010) and 'Initiation – Unpleasant Etude for 20 fingers' (2008) at Schimmel Pianos (22 June) and The Schott Music Shop (27 June) in London. Performers: Piano Duo Dahlia (Marina Morishige & Shoko Honma) Presenter: Chie Ishiyama (NHK broadcaster)

    Concert
    Fri, 27 June 2014 - 8:15 pm
    Piano Recital in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)
    Programme to include works by J.S.Bach, Tchaikovsky and Grieg as well as the Netherlands première of Motoki's new compositions for solo piano.

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    Concert / Talk Event
    Sun, 8 June 2014
    Piano Recital at Schubert Salon Takasaki at Piano Plaza Gunma (Takasaki, Japan)

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    Concert / Tsunami Charity
    Wed, 4 June 2014 - 7 pm
    Charity Piano Recital in Shichigahama International Village Concert Hall (Miyagi, Japan)
    Programme to include works by Vivaldi, J.S.Bach, and Grieg as well as Motoki's compositions for solo piano such as "Grace and Hope - dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)".

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    Concert / Tsunami Charity / Music for Children
    Wed, 4 June 2014
    Charity Piano Concerts at Shichigahama Junior High School and other schools (tbc) in Shichigahama (Miyagi, Japan)

    Media / Tsunami Charity Event / Music for children
    3 June 2014
    Kahoku Shimpo (Newspaper) – Article on the series of Charity Piano Concerts in Shichigahama (Tohoku, Japan)

    Concert
    Fri, 30 May 2014 - 7 pm
    Piano Recital in Oji Hall, Ginza (Tokyo)
    Programme to include works by J.S.Bach, Tchaikovsky and Grieg as well as the World première of Motoki's new composition and his other works for piano solo.

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    Media
    22 May 2014
    Asahi Newspaper (Japan)

    Media
    22 May 2014
    The Music and Dance Press (Japan)

    Picture Books Project / Festival
    Wed, 7 May 2014 - 6 pm
    Oxford première of 'World of Japanese Picture Books' (as Composer, Artistic Director and Pianist) in Pegasus Theatre at Brookes Festival 2014 (Oxford, UK)

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    Media
    Sun, 16 March 2014 (10 am - 2 pm)
    TBS Radio - OTTAVA amoroso on demand (Japan)

    Tsunami Charity / Art
    Tue, 11 March 2014
    Memorial Event at the Embassy of Japan in the UK (Mayfair, London)
    Motoki's artwork will be displayed at the Japanese Embassy in the UK as part of the 'Fukushuma Tsunami Relief ("Okiagari-koboshi") Project', commemorating 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

    Concert / Tsunami Charity
    Thu, 27 February 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Piano Recital in Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square (London)
    Programme to include works by J.S.Bach, Tchaikovsky and Grieg as well as the UK première of Motoki's new composition and his other works for piano solo.

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    Media
    Thu, 20 February 2014
    Eikoku News Digest (UK)

    Media
    Wed, 19 February 2014
    Weekly Journey (UK)

    Concert / Tsunami Charity
    Wed, 5 February 2014 - 8 pm
    Piano Recital in Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital), New York
    Programme to include works by J.S.Bach, Tchaikovsky and Grieg as well as the world première of Motoki's new composition and the US première of his other works for piano solo.

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    Masterclass
    Tue, 21 January 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Piano workshop at National Liberal Club (London)

    Tsunami Charity Event / Media
    Sat, 21 December 2013
    A Documentary Film on worldwide charity activities featured on Motoki will be shown in Shichigahama, Miyagi (Japan); with Motoki's music, 'Grace and Hope - dedicated to the victims and survivors of the earthquake and tsunami (2011)'.

    Music for Children / Picture Books Project
    Sat, 21 December 2014 - 5 pm
    Performance of 'World of Japanese Picture Books' (as Composer, Artistic Director and Pianist) and piano concert at JOBA International London in Ricards Lodge High School (Wimbledon, UK)

    Concert
    Fri, 1st November 2013 - 19:00
    Duo Recital with Takeichiro Hirai (cello) in Tsuda Hall, Tokyo
    Programme to include Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Hirai.

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    Media
    16 Oct. 2013 
    Asahi Newspaper – Introduction about the Duo Recital in Tokyo

    Media
    10 Oct. 2013
    Tokyo Newspaper – Introduction about the Duo Recital in Tokyo

  • Concert
    Fri, 3 October 2013
    Piano Recital at H. E. the Norwegian Ambassador's Residence (London), organised by the Grieg Society of Great Britain, featuring works by Edvard Grieg as well as Motoki's compositions including 'Hommage à Grieg' (1987/2007).

    Concert
    Thu, 29 August 2013
    Performance of Motoki's composition 'Hommage à Chopin' (piano duet version) at Densho Hall - Shibuya Cultural Centre, Tokyo

    Media
    August 2013
    The Spectator - Article on Piano Recital in Slovakia

    Concert / Picture Books Project / Festival
    Sun, 18 August 2013
    Piano Recital and performance of 'World of Japanese Picture Books' (as Composer, Artistic Director and Pianist) at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, as part of Cultural Summer and Castle Festival Bratislava 2013

    Picture Books Project
    Sat, 29 June, 2013
    Performance of 'World of Japanese Picture Books' (as Composer, Artistic Director and Pianist) at the Japanese Embassy in the UK (London)

    Media
    15 March 2013
    Hi WEEKLY – Review on Piano Recital in Oman

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    Picture Books Project / Music for Children
    November 2012
    Première of 'World of Japanese Picture Books' (as Composer, Artistic Director and Pianist) in Israel and Palestine

    Media
    October 2012
    Dar Life Magazine - Article on Piano Recital in Tanzania

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