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Yuzuru Hiranaka (born in Sapporo, Japan) studied organ at Tamagawa University Tokyo (Tsuguo Hirono) , at the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam (Piet Kee), and at Arnhem Conservatorium (Bert Matter and Theo Jellema), the Netherlands.
In 1985 he began studying historical performance practice on organ and harpsichord with Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot at the Royal Dutch Conservatory, the Hague. There, he pursued in depth studies of performance practice, historical keyborard techniques, baroque styles and aesthetics, basso continuo and chamber music.
In 1990 he obtained the Certificate of Baroque Organ and the Diploma of Organ, in 1991 the Diploma of Harpsichord as well as the Organ Soloist Diploma.
Later, he continued his studies with Xavier Darasse in Paris, with Zsigmond Szathmï¿½ry at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, and with Hans Fagius and Lasse Ewerlöf at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. There, he obtained the Danish State Church Music Diploma (Kantor A) and the Organ Soloist Diploma as well as the Danish State Pedagogic Diploma.
Yuzuru Hiranaka is a prize winner in the 3rd international organ competition in Odense, Denmark, in 1990, and the 5th international organ competition in Toulouse, France, 1991, and he received the `Honorary Diplomaï¿½ in several international organ competitions including Lahti, Finland, 1989.
Yuzuru Hiranaka performs throughout Europe, America and Japan as a solo- and chamber music player, recording as well for various television and radio networks, such as Radio France, NCRV-Radio 4, Danmarks Radio, TV-Mexico, Greek TV, Tokyo Broadcasting Service(TBS), Sapporo-television (STV), and Metronome DK. He has performed Complete Buxtehude Organ works during 2007 for Buxtehude's 300 years anniversary. In year 2009 Hiranaka is going to teach at The State Music Academy of Norway as a guest instructor.
A TV program Yuzuru Hiranaka and his Church Choir performed on DR (The Danish National Broadcasting) in January 2006, was nominated as one of the 4 best sacred television programs in EU.
In 1997-1998 he recorded a CD on the Historical Italian Organ recorded by the City of Ascoli Piceno.
Since 1994 he has been working as organist in the Danish State Church, and in august 2007 he was appointed as the Organist and the Music Director at Sankt Johannes Church, which is one of the largest parishes in the center of Copenhagen.
Yuzuru Hiranaka teaches organ (hoofdvak- orgel) at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and The State Academy of Church Music in Roskilde. He is regularly invited as guest examiner for the baroque department at the State University of Lund, Malmö Conservatory in Malmö, Sweden and gives courses in Japan.
Yuzuru Hiranaka received " The Competence Foundation " from The Danish Church Ministry (2003) , and " The Gramex Foundation " (2004 & 2006).