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Motoki Hirai, piano

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

J.S. Bach
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Beethoven
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
Motoki Hirai
New Work (2018) (world premiere)
Schubert
By the Sea, D. 957 No. 12 from Schwanengesang (trans. Hirai)
Schubert
Morgengruß, D. 795 No. 8 from Die schöne Müllerin (trans. Godowsky)
Schubert
Serenade, D. 957 No. 4 from Schwanengesang (trans. Liszt)
Chopin
Maiden’s Wish from 6 Chants Polonais (trans. Liszt)
Chopin
Spring from 6 Chants Polonais (trans. Liszt)
Mendelssohn
Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14

Performers

Motoki Hirai
piano

Acclaimed worldwide for his imagination and sensitivity, composer-pianist Motoki Hirai makes a welcome return to Cadogan Hall following his highly successful recital in 2014. His career to date has taken him to over 60 countries around the globe.

Opening the programme with works by J.S. Bach and Beethoven, composers he has admired throughout his musical career; the second half includes part of a series of works compiled for The Fascinating World of Folklore and Stories – Brought to Life through Reading and Music which he has been running since 2007. The project is planned to be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is the latest exciting development, and covers the Romantic giants Schubert, Chopin and Mendelssohn, including his own transcriptions, to give it a consistent theme.

“A most brilliant and sensitive musical talent” (The Guardian)

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