HIDEAKI HIRAI, who has “a talent deeply ingrained in his genes” (The Den), is one of the most gifted young conductors from Japan. In 2012/13 he made sensational debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper and in Salzburg for the Austrian premiere of his own acclaimed opera, “Princess from the Moon”. In December 2013 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall, conducting Beethoven 9 by memory with the New York Festival Orchestra, which then appointed him Music Director & Conductor beginning in 2014-15. Since 1998, as a Co-founder, he frequently conducts the Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, now serving as Principal Guest Conductor. Read More
"...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! "