Yoko Hiraoka is a senior master performer of Biwa, Koto, Shamisen and Jiuta voice. She is a native of Kyoto, Japan and studied classical and modern koto and shamisen music from an early age. She studied Chikuzen 5-string Biwa for many years with Kõka Suga, the head of Kõmyõji-ryû Chikuzen Biwa and direct disciple of Yamazaki Kyokusui the Living National Treasure.
Her performance career originated in Japan and spans almost 30 years. Her repertoire includes contemporary compositions by Japanese and American composers as well as the entirety of the classical Japanese repertoire. Even in Japan, the biwa is rarely heard.
This will be a delightful, memorable concert of Japanese traditional music performed by a true master of her instrument.
With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication, Department of Music, and Diversity and Community Engagement.
No charge for admission.