"Chie Hirai received her bachelor degree on modern piano in the College Division of Toho Gakuen School of Music. In order to specialize in fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (The Netherlands), she was granted scholarships from the Nuffic Organization and the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.
She was awarded her Masters with distinction on fortepiano in 2002, as well as "Nicolai prize" that is given to the most outstanding student of the year. In addition to her fortepiano specialization Chie has also broadened her knowledge of keyboard instruments by studying the harpsichord with Menno van Delft at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
In the Mozart-year 2006, she toured with l'Orfeo Baroque Orchester in Austria and Germany to perform piano concertos by Mozart and his son Franz Xaver in Brucknerhaus in Linz, Konzerthaus in Vienna etc. ...
Chie has performed in the major early music festivals in Europe such as the Festival de Musica Antiga de Barcelona (Spain), Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (Holland), Académies Musicales Festival in Saintes (France), The Felicja Blumental International Music Festival (Israel) and Carinthische Sommer (Austria). Many radio broadcasting and recordings were made by such as Radio France (Paris, France), ARF (Wien, Austria) etc. She was an official accompanist in International early music competition in Bruges in 2005. " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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