Masataka Hirano

Profile

Masataka HIRANO was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1970. He started playing the piano at the age of 3 and the saxophone at 12. After graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1992, he entered the Conservatoire National Superieur Musique de Paris in 1995.

Hirano won Unanimous Premier Prix in the saxophone course (1997), in the chamber music course (1998) and in the improvisation course (1999) at the graduation. He has won numerous prizes including the Woodwind, Percussion Competition in Japan in 1990 and the Jean=Marie Londex International Competition in France in 1996. He is the first Japanese saxophonist who won the 1st prize in the international competition. In1997, he played the saxophone concerto "It" by C.Havel with the Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine, which was the world premiere. He also played the concerto by A.Glaznov with Garde Repubriquenne Symphonie Orchestra

Hirano has been active as a soloist in Japan and Europe, performing on TV and radio programs, and recording his playing on discs. His first orchestra piece ¡ÈSeven Tableaux, dedicated to Toshio Arimoto¡É premiere has been performed with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. This performance was broadcast by the Nippon Television Network, and its CD was released. He plays actively with many famous Jazz musicians including Sadao Watanabe (saxophone) and Yosuke Yamashita (piano).¡¡¡¡ Hirano recently entered into a field of producing music for commercial film and TV drama. His genre-straddling music performing and unconventional approaches have received wide publicity. He also receives high acclaim abroad, and he is invited to Hanover Music Festival in Germany in fall 2005 as only Japanese musician to attend.

Hirano released his debut album as trilogy: ¡ÈMillennium¡É (2000) of contemporary music and improvisation; sessions with jazz players were recorded in ¡ÈJurassic¡É (2001); ¡ÈClassica¡É (2003) is a long-awaited album of classical music. His album won high acclaim on technical magazines and newspapers: highest honor by ¡ÈRecord-Geijutsu¡É, and selected as one of ¡ÈThe best 10 discs of the listening room¡É of Asahi Newspaper. Subsequently he released his own orchestra piece ¡ÈSeven Tableaux¡É (2004, world premier live) and his second Jazz album ¡Èl¡Çair¡É (2005).

Hirano teaches at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, the Elizabeth University of Music, Senzoku College of Music, Toho College of Music, and Hokkaido educational college. He also has improvisation class in Japan at the Senzoku College of Music. He is a regular contributor to the magazines ¡ÈBand Journal¡É and ¡ÈPipers.¡É

Concert

Date January 19th, 2014(Sun) 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Venue Hakuju Hall
Special Gala 10th Anniversary Reclining Concert 100th"Play the Future"

[Performers]
Masataka Hirano(Saxophone)¡¡¡ú
Yasuji Ohagi(Guitar)
Youko Hasegawa(Cello)
Michiko Hayashi(Mezzo-Soprano)
Yuko Mifune(Piano)

[Programs]
Schubert: Ave Maria
Chopin: Nocturne No.20 in C-Sharp Minor
Toru Takemitsu: Small Sky, Wings
Dowland: Lacrimae
Casals: El cant dels Ocells (Song of the Birds)
J.S.Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude

[Tickets]
Reserved Seats All \3,000

[Information]
Hakuju Hall Ticket Center 03-5478-8700

Date March 11th, 2014(Tue) 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Venue Hakuju Hall
The Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Concert

[Performers]
Masataka Hirano(Saxophone)¡¡¡ú
Yasuji Ohagi(Guitar)
Youko Hasegawa(Cello)
Michiko Hayashi(Mezzo-Soprano)
Yuko Mifune(Piano)

[Programs]
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
Kosaku Yamada: Akatombo(Red Dragonfly)
Handel: Serse, HWV 40
J.S.Bach: St. Matthew Passion

[Tickets]
Reserved Seats \3,000(SOLD OUT)

[Information]
Hakuju Hall Ticket Center 03-5478-8700

Discography

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Press Review

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Concert Archive

Date February 14, 2013 (Thu) 15:00/19:30
Venue Hakuju Hall
[Performers]
Masataka Hirano (Soprano)
Takuya Tanaka (Alto)
Jun Nishimoto (Tenor)
Masanori Oishi (Baritone)

[Program]
J.S.Bach (arr. Masataka Hirano): ¡ÈPrelude¡É from ¡ÈThe
Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1¡É
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV.565
Jesu, Joy of Man¡Çs Desiring
Goldberg Variations in G major
Others

[ Tickets]
Regular Seat ¡ï3,000 Reclining Seat (incl. a complementarydrink) ¡ï3,500

[Information]
Hakuju Hall Ticket Center 03-5478-8700

Date January 12, 2013 (Sat) 14:00
Venue Biwako Hall
[Performers]
Masataka Hirano (Soprano)
Takuya Tanaka (Alto)
Jun Nishimoto (Tenor)
Masanori Oishi (Baritone)

[Tickets]
All Reserved Seats General ¡ï2,000 Under Age 25 ¡ï1,000

[Information]
Biwako Hall Ticket Center 077-523-7136

Date November 16,2012¡ÊFri¡Ë14¡§00
Venue The Phoenix Hall
Blue Aurora Saxophone Quartet

[Performer]
Masataka Hirano¡ÊSoprano¡Ë
Takuya Tanaka¡ÊAlto¡Ë
Jun Nishimoto¡ÊTenor¡Ë
Masanori Oishi¡ÊBaritonn¡Ë

[Price]
\3,000

[Information]
The Phoenix Hall Ticket Center 054-627-3111

Date November 10,2012¡ÊSat¡Ë18¡§00
Venue Yaizu Cultural Center Small Hall
Blue Aurora Saxophone Quartet

[Performer]
Masataka Hirano¡ÊSoprano¡Ë
Takuya Tanaka¡ÊAlto¡Ë
Jun Nishimoto¡ÊTenor¡Ë
Masanori Oishi¡ÊBaritonn¡Ë

[Price]
\3,000 Under high school students\1,000

[Information]
Yaizu Cultural Center 054-627-3111

Date July 9,2012¡ÊMon¡Ë18¡§30
Venue Nikkei Hall
Akiko Grace & Masataka Hirano ¡ÁClassic on Jazz¡Á

[Performer]
Akiko Grace¡ÊPiano¡Ë
Masataka Hirano¡ÊSaxophone¡Ë

[Program]
J.S.Bach¡ÊArr¡§A.Grace¡Ë¡§Jesus bleibet meine Freude
J.S.Bach¡ÊArr¡§A.Grace¡Ë¡§Air on a G String
J.S.Bach¡ÊArr¡§A.Grace¡Ë¡§Preludes

[Price]
\3,500 Child\2,500

[Information]
Nikkei Muse Salon Office 03-3943-7066

Date Sun/12/December/2010 14¡§00
Venue Radiant Hall
Masataka Hirano Classic JAZZ

¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano¡ÊSaxophone¡Ë
Akiko Grace¡ÊPiano¡Ë
Koichi Osamu¡ÊBass¡Ë

¡ÚProgram¡Û
J.S Bach¡ÊMasataka Hirano arrangement¡Ë: Prelude
J.S Bach¡ÊMasataka Hirano arrangement¡Ë: Air on the G String
Charlie Parker¡ÊAkiko Grace arrangement¡Ë: Donna lee
Christmas Songs etc¡Ä

¡ÚPrice¡Û
All seats \3,000 Pair \5,000¡¡High students and under \1,000

¡ÚInformation¡Û
Ninomiya Cultural Facilities Promotion Association 0463-72-6911

Date Thur/2/December/2010 19:00
Venue Hiroshima Kenmin Culture Center
Masataka Hirano Saxophone Recital<

¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano¡ÊSaxophone¡Ë
Kensei Yamaguchi¡ÊPiano¡Ë

¡ÚProgram¡Û
J.C. Bach: Flute Concerto No.1
: Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2
Villa-Lobos: Valsa da dor
: Festa no sertao
: Sonate-fantaisie)
J.S Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV.988-
Variatio 26./Variatio 19./Variatio 7./Variatio 30.

¡ÚInformation¡Û
Hiroshima Music Appreciation Association 082-234-6262

Date Mon/6/September/2010 19:00
Venue Toyamaken Takaoka Bunka Hall
Masataka Hirano Saxophone Recital

¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano (Sax)
Kazumasa Matsumoto (Piano)

¡ÚProgram¡Û
C.P.E. Bach: Variationen uder die Folie d'Espagne
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
B. Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Japanese Falk Song: Lullaby of Edo

Date Sat/19/Dec/2009 19¡§00
Venue ARKAS SASEBO, Event Hall
Arkas JAZZ NIGHT II
Masataka Hirano Trio Jazz Concert


¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano¡Êsaxophone¡Ë
Akiko Grace (piano)
Koichi Osamu¡ÊBass¡Ë

¡ÚTicket¡Û
\3,500¡ÊNon-reserved Seat + One Drink¡Ë

¡ÚInformation¡Û
ARKAS SASEBO
+81-956-42-1111

Date Fri/18/Dec/09 19:00
Venue The Symphony Hall, Osaka
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
¡ãSpecial Live¡ä


¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano (saxophone)
Tatsuya Shimono¡Êconductor¡Ë
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra


¡ÚTicket¡Û
A¡ï5,000¡¡B¡ï3,000¡¡C¡ï1,500Glazunov

¡ÚInfo&Ticket¡Û
Osaka Phil Ticket Center
+81-6-6656-4890

Date Thu/26/Nov/2009 19¡§00
Venue Nagaizumicho Bunka Center Verte Foret
Masataka Hirano Classic on JAZZ

¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano (saxophone)
Akiko Grace (piano)
Koichi Osamu (bass)

¡ÚTicket¡Û
All Reserved Seats
Regular \3,000¡¡
High School or Under \1,000

¡ÚInfo&Ticket¡Û
Nagaizumicho Bunka Center Verte Foret
+81-55-989-0001

Date Wed/5/Aug/2009 19¡§00
Venue Gyoutoku Cultural Hall I¡õI¡¢Chiba
Masataka Hirano Saxophone Live

¡ÚPiano¡Û
Satoru Shionoya

¡ÚProgram¡Û
Jazz Arrange Bach
Improvization Sonata
etc

¡ÚPrice¡Û
1F Reserved Seats¡ï3,800¡¡Pair Seats¡ï7,000
2F Reserved Seats¡ï3,000

¡ÚInformation¡Û
Gyoutoku Cultural Hall I¡õI¡¡
+81-47-701-3011

Date Mon/11/May/2009 19¡§30/21¡§00
Venue JZ Brat SOUND OF TOKYO
Chelsea LIVE 6
Chelsea with Endo Seiji TRIO


¡ÚTicket¡Û
Advance Sale¡ï4,200¡¡
Concert Day¡ï4,700

¡ÚInformation¡Û
JZ Brat¡¡
+81-3-5728-0168

Date Fri/24/Apr/2009 19:00
Venue Shizuoka Ongakukan AOI
Tamiya Concert 2009
Masataka Hirano Saxophone Recital


¡ÚProgram¡Û
J.C.Bach. Four Quartet No.1 in C major Op.19
Hindemith. Sonata for Viola and Piano Op.11-4
J.S.Bach. Chorale, Prelude BWV.659
J.S.Bach. Choral from Cantata No.147
J.S.Bach. Goldberg-Variationen BWV.988

¡ÚTicket¡Û
Free Entrance

¡ÚInformation¡Û
Tamiya Concert
+81-54-286-5105

Date Sun 15/Feb/2009 16:00
Venue Art Tower Mito Concert Hall
SAXOPHONES MEET KEYBOARDS

¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano (Saxophone)
Yosuke Yamashita (Piano)
Marie Nishiyama (Cembalo)

¡ÚPrice¡Û
A \4,000 B \3,000 Pair Ticket (A) \7,000
Go on sale at Sat 29/Nov/2008

¡ÚInfo&Ticket¡Û
Art Tower Mito
+81-(0)29-231-8000

Date Tue 20/Jan/2009 19:00
Venue Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Daisuke Mogi Plays Yamashita World

¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Yosuke Yamashita (Produce/Compose/Piano)
Daisuke Mogi (Conductor/Oboe)
Toru Uematsu (Percussion)
Masataka Hirano (Saxphone)
XUXU (A Cappella Group)
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

¡ÚProgram¡Û
-First Stage-
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A Major Op.92, 1st mov.
Yosuke Yamashita: Chasin' the Phase for Orchestra
Daisuke Mogi: Fanfare for Orchestra
-Second Stage-
Daisuke Mogi: Four Naifla for Oboe and Drum
Yosuke Yamashita: Symphonic Poem for Piano and Orchestra<Dancing Vanity>

¡ÚPrice¡Û
S \6,000 / A \5,000 / B \4,000

¡ÚInfo&Ticket¡Û
Tokyo Opera City Ticket Center
+81-(0)3-5353-9999

Date Thu 4/Dec/2008 11:30
Venue Dai-ichi Seimei Hall
Life Cycle Concert
Classic Hajime-no-daiippo Vo.10 "Sax"


¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Masataka Hirano (Sax)
Kensei Yamaguchi (Pf)

¡ÚProgram¡Û
Rachmaninoff. Vocalise
Villa-Lobos. Sinfonia
J.S.Bach. Air on the G string (arrenged by Masataka Hirano)
J.S.Bach. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (arranged by Masataka Hirano)

¡ÚPrice¡Û\2,000 Pair \1,500 (All reserved seat)

¡ÚTicket&Info¡ÛTAN Ticket Desk
+81-(0)3-3532-5702

Date Sat 11/Oct/2008 18:00
Venue Hakuju Hall, Tokyo
SOLO in Hakuju vol.4

[Program]
Improvisation 1 ¡ÁFolia and Improvisation¡Á
Lauba
Nine Etudes for Saxophones
Hard
J.S.Bach
Suite No.4 in E¢õ major BWV.1010
C.P.E.Bach
Sonata for Solo Flute in A minor Wq.132
Improvisation 2 ¡Á Variation for Folia¡Á

[Price]
\4,000

[Info&Ticket]
Hakuju Hall Ticket Center
+81-(0)3-5478-8700

Date Fri 19/Sep/2008 18:45
Venue WelCity Hiroshima Hall
Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
The 282th Subscription Concert


¡ÚPerformer¡Û
Derrick Inoue (Conductor)
Masataka Hirano (Sax)
Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra

¡ÚProgram¡Û
Shostakovich. Festive Overture
C.E.Bach. Fulute Concerto (Played by Sax)
Clazounove. Concerto for Saxphone
Prokofiev. Suite No.1 from /Cinderella/

¡ÚPrice¡ÛS \5,000 A \4,500 B \4,000 Student \1,500

¡ÚTicket&Info¡ÛHirokyo Office
+81-(0)82-544-2900

Date Mon 21/Jul/2008 15:00
Venue Morino Hall Hashimoto, Kanagawa
Saxophone Recital

[Piano]
Kazumasa Matsumoto

[Price]
\3,000

[Info&Ticket]
Ticket Move
+81-(0)42-742-9999

Date Sun 8/Jun/2008 15:00
Venue Philia Hall, Kanagawa
Masataka Hirano &Satoru Shioya Concert

[Performer]
Masataka Hirano
Satoru Shioya

[Price]
S \5,000 / A \4,000

[Info&Ticket]
Philia Hall Ticket Center
+81-(0)45-982-9999

Date Sun 18/May/2008 15:00
Venue Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Hokkaido
Sapporo Symphonic Brass 2008

[Conductor]
Kazuyoshi Akiyama

[Program]
Glazunov
Alto Saxophone Concerto

[Price]
\4,000

[Info&Ticket]
Kitara Ticket Center
+81-(0)11-520-1234

Date Sun 25/April/2008 14:00
Venue Ogaki Sweetpia Center , Gifu
Ogaki Music Festival Final Concert

[Performer]
Akiko Grace
Koichi Osamu

[Price]
\2,500

[Info&Ticket]
Ogaki City Cultural Foundation
+81-(0)584-82-2310

Date Stu 24/April/2008 18:00
Venue Ogaki Sweetpia Center concert hall, Gifu
Ogaki Music Festival Final Concert

[Performer]
Masataka Hirano, Hiroaki Matsuno, Misato Taguchi, Yuko Ando
Yuki Shinozaki, Iwahisa Kuroki, Naoya Otsuka

[Price]
\2,500

[Info&Ticket]
Ogaki City Cultural Foundation
+81-(0)584-82-2310

Date Wed.12/December/2007 18:30
Venue Nobeoka Sougo Cultural Center
Asahi Beer Lobby Concert
Masataka Hirano Saxophone Recital


Saxophone,
Masataka Hirano

Piano,
Kazumasa Matsumoto

Program,
Lauba:Hard
C.P.E.Bach:La follia
Hindemith:Viola Sonata Op.11-4
J.S.Bach:Excerpts from Goldberg Variations
...

Price,
Free (Invitation Required)

Info&Ticket,
Asahi Beer web site

Date Fri. 7/December/2007
Venue The Phoenix Hall,Osaka
Masataka Hirano Saxophone Recital

Saxophone,
Masataka Hirano

Piano,
Kensei Yamaguchi

Program,
C.Lauba:Hard
Hindemith:Viola Sonata Op.11-4
J.S.Bach:From Goldberg Variations
...

Price,
\4,000 / Student \1,000

Info&Ticket,
Phoenix Hall Ticket Center:
06-6363-7999

Date Fri. 23/November/2007 18:00
Venue Concert Hall Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Claude Delangle Saxophone Live "Quest"

Performer,
Claude DELANGLE, Masataka Hirano,
Shiro Hatake, Asako Inoue, Sumichika Arimura
(Sax)

Program,
M.STROPPA:¡ÊWorld Premiere¡Ë
A.MARKEAS: Perilepsis(World Premiere)
P.JODLOVSKY: Mixtion
L.NAON: Senderos
J.t.VELDHUIS: Grab it
M.TADINI: Buleria¡ÊJapan Premiere¡Ë
Jummei SUZUKI: Embellie
C.DELANGLE : Around¡ÊJapan Premiere¡Ë

Price,
¡ï4,000 / Student Under-28 Age \1,000

Info&Ticket,
Concert Hall Shizuoka: 054-251-2200


Date Thu. 9/August/2007
Venue Terrada, Spain
Masataka Hirano
Saxophone Recital


Saxophone,
Masataka Hirano

Piano,
Takaya Sano

Program,
N.N.

Price,
N.N.

Info&Ticket,
N.N.

Date Sun. 15/July/2007
Venue Lovely Hall, Osaka
NANKAI Concert Vol.50

Conductor,
Norichika Imori

Saxophone,
Masataka Hirano

Orchestra,
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra

Program,
Tchaikovsky:
Fantasy Overture "Romeo and Juliet"
Glazunov:
Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat, Op.109
Borodin:
Dance Polovtsienne from "Prince Igor" Opera
Mussorgsky:
"Tableaux d'une exposition" Suite
(Orchestra by Maurice RAVEL)

Price,
\3,000 / "Pair" Ticket \5,000

Info&Ticket,
Osaka-phil Ticket Center:
06-6656-4890
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