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"Hardship is your Gateway to Happiness"

Mar. 31, 2022 Speaker: “Dr. Pianist” Makiko Hirata, D.M.A

An international pianist with ten released albums, Makiko Hirata is “Dr. Pianist,” on a mission to promote the power of music to heal and unite us. She collaborates with neuroscientists to quantify the benefit of music and promote music as an overlooked social resource to enhance our individual and social well-being through speaking engagements, workshops and writing. She is a US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, a founding member of TEMPO: Music for Climate Action, and Coeuraj’s 2022-2023 “Global Courage Fellow” that honors industry leaders around the world to focus on trust and bridge building in an era of polarization.

Dr. Hirata has given recitals, lectures, concerto performances and outreach concerts in the Americas and Eurasia with ensembles and artists, such as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leon Fleisher, and clarinetist David Krakauer. She has taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College, and given master classes and lectures internationally.

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