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Spreading the Power of Music | Online Webinar

11th November 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2020 this year and together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Spreading the Power of Music’ with Motoki Hirai.

During this session, Motoki Hirai will look at his activities in peace-making and connecting people across the world through music.

Date: Wednesday, 11th November 2020
Time: 1-2 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/spreading-the-power-of-music-tickets-126446580125?aff=erelpanelorg

Motoki Hirai (pianist, composer and peace activist) will speak about some of his experiences, with a particular focus on his past and present activities in peace-making and connecting people across the world through music.

Acclaimed worldwide for his imagination and sensitivity, Motoki (originally from Tokyo, resident in London in the last 25 years) has been to over 70 countries as a concert pianist, performing in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna) and Carnegie Hall (New York).

As a composer, artistic director, photographer and peace activist, Motoki travelled in over 100 countries around the world. His music has also been used in films including ‘The Emperor’s Tram Girls’ (2005), which tells the story of how the girls drove Hiroshima’s streetcars during WWII. Over the years, Motoki Hirai has worked for the promotion of world peace and for people in need worldwide in cooperation with organisations such as The Red Cross, Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Tōhoku Earthquake Fukushima Orphans Fund and UNESCO. Since the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Motoki has organized over 50 charity concerts across the UK, Europe, USA as well as the most affected areas in Japan. Motoki has been an artistic emissary of the Japanese Government since 1994.

Through music, he has been actively engaged with charity work in the areas such as peace, education, healthcare, food (e.g. Expo Milano 2015) and the environment. He is Artistic Director of the cultural exchange/education project “The Fascinating World of Folklore and Stories – Brought to Life through Reading and Music”, and Goodwill Ambassador for the “Reviving Old Imari Project” at Loosdorf Castle, Austria.