Hiraoka is a senior master performer of Koto, Shamisen and Jiuta
voice. Her professional performance career originated in Kyoto,
Japan and spans almost 30 years. As a Jiuta singer she draws on
literary sources as varied as the Kokin-waka shu and the Tales of
Genji and Heike, performing classical pieces from the early 17th.
Century onwards. Her repertoire includes Twentieth Century contemporary
Japanese works for koto and shamisen.
performs extensively in both countries at festivals, concerts, lectures-recitals,
and in television and studio recordings. She has been a member of
Kyoto Hogaku Group (an orchestra of traditional Japanese instruments)
and Kyoto Sankyoku-kai in Japan. She also plays with the Kyoto-based
Shikandaza Ensemble. Performances have included playing on the album
Mandala by Kitaro, and performing at the International Shakuhachi
Festival, Art Institute of Chicago, Bowdoin College, the Aspen Dance
Festival and at other venues including Emory University, Portland
Art Museum, the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and
major music festivals throughout the USA.
Ms. Hiraoka has taught world music ensemble at the University of
Colorado and currently teaches students at Naropa University in
Boulder. Her repertoire includes contemporary compositions and improvisations
with Western instrumentalists.