…a talent deeply ingrained in his genes...
…an exuberant musicality...
…an inborn opera conductor....animating, fresh and truly the best…
Mozart: “Marriage of Figaro” (New National Theatre Tokyo, Japan)
…His life has been a total musical experience…for him, music is as natural as breathing!
~CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT!!~
Maestro Hirai was especially impressive. Conducting from memory, he demonstrated his deep knowledge of the score with unflagging energy and intense concentration. He was dynamic, confident, and completely engaged for the entire 75 minutes. It was especially interesting to me that he “sang” along with the chorus with evident joy on his face. It was among the best of the live performances I have heard of this work and justly deserving of the standing ovation it was accorded. Bravo to all!
Jeffrey Williams for New York Concert Review, (New York, NY)
…a sensitive feeling for resonance. His music-making is convincing due to his fine attention to the style for the Mozart’s early works.
Mozart: “Mitridate” & “Lucio Silla” (New National Theatre Tokyo, Japan) NIKKEI-NEWSPAPER,(JAPAN)
A promising and multi-talented musician, HIDEAKI HIRAI, as conductor, gave such a pleasant performance.
KARLOVARSKE NOVINY,(CZECH REP.)
With a larger range of internal contrasts and more liveliness, HIRAI presented the Mozart Symphony in E-flat Major, and also the spontaneous conductor emotionally felt the classic style.
...an extremely vivid conducting... his conducting looked as natural as fish in the water....truly confident and majestic manner.....His explosive and joyful opening among all represented his passionate, agile and fresh performance....In addition to his sincere and sensitive music-making, the climax was thrilling.
Puccini Japanese style, constantly melodious and warmly harmonic
THE CANBERRA TIMES,(AUSTRALIA)
filled with delightfully melodic and, at times movingly beautiful music.melodious and colorfully evocative
beautiful melodies and soul-shaking music
ZPRAVODAJ, (CZECH REP.)
impressed by the the birth of a fascinating Japanese national opera
full of beautiful melodies..a great potential to exceed [the famous Japanese opera], ‘Yuhzuru”
profound writing…a grand opera..a great spectacle…dynamic and bewitching ballet..a truly touching climax”
intoxicated with touching music...resonance to connect the hearts and minds...the power of love to exceed the time...love duet called the thunderous applaus...impressive arias set on the Japanese traditional poem, Tanka/Waka
shared the excitement throughout the venue with endless curtain calls