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Guest pianist Yoko Hirota to perform Nov. 13

November 9, 2006

SACKVILLE, NB — On Monday, November 13, Mount Allison’s music department will present a guest recital by pianist Yoko Hirota. The recital will take place in Brunton Auditorium and will begin at 8 p.m.

Born in Japan, Yoko Hirota studied piano first in her native country and later in the United States and Canada. She also participated in masterclasses in Hungary, Germany, and France. A resident of Canada since 1994, Dr. Hirota has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Yoko Hirota is a specialist in 20th and 21st century repertoire. Her specialization was recognized by the jury at the 1996 Clara Liechtenstein Piano Competition (Montreal), when it awarded her a Special Mention Prize for her excellence in the interpretation of 20th century music. Several of her performances of contemporary music have been broadcast on Radio Canada, and she recently released her first CD, The Piano Music of Arnold Schoenberg.

In addition to her concert career, Dr. Hirota is assistant professor of piano at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. She has published articles and reviews on contemporary music in music journals and is an experienced adjudicator and clinician. In this last role, Dr. Hirota will conduct a piano masterclass in Brunton Auditorium on Tuesday, November 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission to the masterclass is free and the public is invited.

Admission to Dr. Hirota’s recital is by ticket or season subscription to the department’s concert series. Funds raised will be used to support music department scholarships for entering students. Single tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (60+), and $25 for families.


For further information, please contact the department of music: tel: 364-2374 (



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