Since her first international tour as a soloist with the Bolivia National Orchestra at the age of seventeen, Dr. Makiko Hirata has performed in twelve countries in North and South America, Europe and her native Japan. She loves sharing her music not just through performances but also as a pedagogue, recording artist, lecturer, and writer. As a consultant at the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the Houston Methodist Hospital, she works with scientists to establish concrete data on how music is beneficial to us neurologically. She is also on a mission to find ways to promote world peace through her musical activity. As a part of her effort, she has accepted her nomination as a delegate to the US-Japan Leadership Program, the flagship program of the United States-Japan Foundation. She has a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree from Rice University.
Dr. Hirata 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. She has collaborated 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. Passionate about sharing music not just through performances, she has also taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College. She has appeared on TV and radio programs both, and produced “Poco Piano” – a YouTube series of introductory talks about music.