Harpsichordist and composer, Asako Hirabayashi's first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was selected as as one of the top ten albums of the year 2018, the Gold Medal Awards by the Global Music Awards and one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune and received 7 favorable reviews internationally. Most recently she was awarded 2019 Schubert Club Composer Award to write her second opera, Hebi-onna (Snake Woman). Her live performance of own composition was featured in the US’ most popular classical music program Performance Today.
“A superb player, is also a gifted creator of music” (The Diapason, 2010)
“A strong case for her instrument's third-millennium credentials…the best harpsichordist. A delight!” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010)
“Her contemporary harpsichord music is ingenious, fanciful, diverse and unpretentious… I admit I’ve never been a fan of the harpsichord, she has changed all that for me and awakened me to the idea that a composer can reinvent an instrument…” (Fanfare, 2010)“
“…Asako Hirabayashi brings us enticing music and outstanding performances on this impressive recording." (International Alliance for Women in Music, 2011)
She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009 -10 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grants as a soloist. As a composer, she has won 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and was awarded 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has appeared as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School.