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DMA.(Doctor of Musical Arts)
Dr. Pianist, A Shigeru Kawai Artist

An international pianist with ten released albums, Makiko Hirata is “Dr. Pianist” with a

Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University, 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 the power of 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 “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. She is an instructor for the Stanford e-Wakayama Program for the Stanford

Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), and a staff pianist

at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.