Recognized as a virtuosic jazz pianist with a unique sense of expressiveness and rhythmic interactions,
Keigo Hirakawa is among the new generation of hard hitting pianists redefining the modern rhythm
section concepts. Engaging and spontaneous, Hirakawa brings a highly personal and energetic style of
improvisation to ensembles. He distinguishes himself with an articulate use of harmonic and rhythmic
vocabulary, and his leadership style on the bandstand.
Hirakawa maintains a busy gig schedule throughout the US. He has toured/performed with Joe
Lovano, Donald Byrd, JD Allen, Duane Eubanks, Carla Cook, Noah Preminger, Bob Moses, Allen Vizzutti,
Bobby Lavell, Eddie Bayard, Earnie Krivda, Greg Abate, and Richie Barshay. Trained in New York City
and at the New England Conservatory of Music, he studied with world renowned jazz artists including
Danilo Perez, Stephen Scott, Harold Danko, Alan Pasqua, Ran Blake, Cecil McBee, Ralph Peterson, Jerry
Bergonzi, Donald Byrd, John McNeil, George Garzone, Bob Moses, and Walt Weiskopf. He was the
acting director of the Cornell University Jazz Ensembles in 2000-2001, during which time he welcomed
Donald Byrd, Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Vincent Herring, and Joe Chambers as
guest soloists. He is a passionate clinician and educator, on faculty at the University of Dayton.