Art & Design

Motoki Hirai Piano Recital: In Aid of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – 5 Years On

3 March 2016, London

Acclaimed worldwide for his imagination and sensitivity, London-based composer-pianist Motoki Hirai will be giving a piano recital on March 3rd at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, in aid of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, commemorating its 5th anniversary.  The concert will be followed by recitals in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Konzerthaus, Vienna; and Ginza Oji Hall, Tokyo; as part of his 2016 World Tour.  His appealing programme will include a world première of his own work alongside masterpieces from the standard repertoire.


Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
Schubert:  Piano Sonata No.21 in B-flat major, D.960
Motoki Hirai:  Tone Poems on ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ (2016)  [World première]
                       ˇˇ(Selected and commissioned by Kimiko Reizei)
Motoki Hirai:  Grace and Hope (2011)
            - Dedicated to the Victims and Survivors of the Earthquake and Tsunami
Chopin:  Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.63-3
Chopin:  Nocturne in F, Op. 15-1
Chopin:  Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op.31


Motoki has appeared in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, North and South Africa, performing regularly in prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York.  As a composer, Motoki’s works have been performed in venues including Cadogan Hall, South Bank Centre (London); Expo Milano 2015 (Milan); Smenata Hall (Prague); Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (Paris); Auditori Pau Casals (Balcelona); Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam); Carnegie Hall (NY); as well as Tokyo Opera City, and NHK Hall (Tokyo).  Since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan on 11 March 2011, Motoki has organized and participated in over 30 charity performances, raising over £80,000.  Motoki has broadcast internationally on radio and television (Classic FM, BBC, ITV and NHK).


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Tickets: £25, £15, £10.

3 March 2016
Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, 1 Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH

Motoki Hirai