masatoshi hirano, Viola alta solist, researcher
Masatoshi Hirano, a classical music Soloist of the instrument "viola" played by an orchestra
/ chamber music. He collects historical repertories written for a viola in the world.
The center of his repertory is romantic splendid music (Paganini, Vieuxtemps, Primrose arr.
etc) written for a viola. In addition, he makes an effort for a cultural exchange with various
countries and humane activity through "viola" "music" positively including the Republic of
He was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1967 where he started her musical education when he
was 3 years old. He learn a violin at first and become pupiling of T.Yasanaga.
He converted to viola at a Tokyo national university of fine arts and music. During
attendance at school, a carrier as the best rank and a solist of his viola delivering a
scholarship begins in a recital of Bank of Fukuoka head office large hall (Nishi-Nippon
newspaper sponsorship) with Kitakyusyu art festival / Bayern state art culture fund
(Germany) in 1993, and graduated from Detmord musik hochschule Dortmund school
afterwards. pupilng of R.Nowicki, who is Dortmund opera symphony orchestra one of a violist
representing Poland. and had training of a solo viola in Germany major cities / Belgium/Italy/
Poland. He came across master hands of the solo viola which exceeded a generation of
each country much, and an attractive work written for a viola made a repertory increasing
mainly on romantic peaces. The cooperation relation that exceeded a generation with
Prof.M.Miletic excellent violist and great composer representing the Republic of Croatia
than 1996 is evaluated. M.Hirano presented "Viola concerto" which was a one of a best
work of Prof.M.Miletic again did recording.
Since 1998, M.Hirano move a base to Tokyo and have prodeuced own concert series in
Japan. In 2002, it is entrusted Vienna musician associations recital of association
sponsorship in overseas with a performance as a solist other than costarring with Croatia
national chamber orchestra than Croatia composer association. same year, the music
memorialized the 10th anniversary diplomatic relations than the Republic of Croatia, and
Prof.M.Miletic presented to Japanese His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince's family be
played his composition of the premiere of "Lullaby for viola and piano" by M.Hirano with
M.Mikulic Stimac(piano) who represents Croatia.
M.Hirano is playing with "H.Ritter-Viola alta" (Taro Kinoshita Violin makers Inc. offering for
Phli.Keller made in Wurtzburg, Germany) in order to widen possibility from a viola since 2005
and He is internationally in the world active as number a few soloist.
management by office Kanon Inc.
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40 years ago, Prof.Miroslav Miletic's Viola concerto was played just a time in the
Netherlands. In late years Masatoshi Hirano discovers this work a Japanese violist, and it is
an expression when there is significance in recording/performance in Croatia. Furthermore,
he made intention to introduce to the world clear. This work celebrated the 40th
anniversary composer life of Prof.Miroslav Miletic. Masatoshi Hirano announced a
performance of an excellent masterful performance with the music nature that you should
have been surprised at, and it was it with an incarnation person of music of most
appropriate Miletic in this place...... (Slovodana Darmecia newspaper, 1999)
Virtioso violist Masatoshi Hirano played Paganini "La Campanella"(Vjesnik newspaper, 2004)
What's Viola alta?
A viola of original form that great violist of a German legend, Prof.Hermann Ritter
(1849 - 1926) developed.
Grand famous article of stringed instrument production history of Germany.
The size includes a characteristic, and an average of around 6cm are longer than an usual
viola. People had been buried among size reasons in the long history from difficulty of
performance, but this musical instrument gave a serious impression to a past musician.
R. Wagner used this musical instrument for own Byreuth orchestra viola section, and
F. Liszt composed "Romance oubliee" for this instrment and dedicated Prof.H.Ritter.
M.Hirano is playing with "H.Ritter-Viola alta"
(office Kanon Inc. offering for Phli.Keller made in Wurtzburg, Germany).
Prof.Miroslav Miletic, Composer/Violist
Miroslav Miletic (Sisak, 25 August, 1925) graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb in
1953, in violin and viola in the class of Stjepan Sulek and Ivan Pinkava, and chamber music
with Antonio Janigro. Respectively, he studied composition privately. His understanding of
music was later enriched and improved in other European centers like Prague, where he was
working with L. Cerny and P. Borkovec, mastering his viola and composition. Viola was more
and more becoming his primary instrument for which he found place in the most successful
pages of his rich and diverse opus. In his reproductive activity Miletic remains in the closest
contact with viola.
Since 1946 Miroslav Miletic has been an active violist of the Zagreb Radio Symphonic
Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic. From 1950fs till 1982 he was teaching violin and
viola in Pavao Markovac Music School in Zagreb. However, his activity as a violist has found
its most expressive form in chamber music. Through his endeavors and artistic devotion, the
Pro Arte String Quartet was founded and, till nowadays, it has played a significant role in
the music life of Zagreb and Croatia, especially with regard to its profiled repertoire choice,
pointing towards modern music, particularly of Croatian composers. The Pro Arte String
Quartet, of which Miletic is not only an artistic leader but also an active member, has held
hundreds of concerts throughout the countries of Europe, America, Africa and the former
Soviet Union, thus spreading the achievements in Croatian chamber music.
The composerfs opus of Miroslav Miletic should be seen in view of his entire music activity,
in particular his lifelong experience as a reproductive artist. As it has been stated many
times before, Mileticfs opus has developed on the basis of positive experiences of the
traditional music speech which he connected to the music idioms of today and enriched with
reminiscences of the exuberance of the folklore expression to which he was always close
and intuitively devoted. His knowledge of the modern music trends and a partial use of the
avant-garde music experiences in many a composition never eliminated his fascination with
simplicity, even naivete, we could say, of the melodic elements and rhythmics of original
folklore provenance. This is particularly audible in his famous compositions Danza per violino
solo, Folklore Cassations, Croatian Suite for the guitar, in string quartets (e.g. Second
Quartet, called Dalmatian), Sonata for Viola and Piano, Sonatina for Violin and Guitar,
Mladenfs Poems and finally, in the striking example of the so called gnew simplicityh or
gnew romanticismh, his Concerto for the Piano from 1987, called Style Exercises. In all
these works, Miletic protects the uniqueness of his musical expression, showing that his
interesting composerfs profile was formed by the essential creatorfs curiosity versus the
experience of the New as well as equally essential need of the artist to look for and
recognize his traditional roots. In this way, the interspace between these two extremes
becomes the real gspace for playingh for Mileticfs imagination where he creates, sometimes
with surprising simplicity, approaching in his best works, the authenticity and sincerity of
expression of our masters of the naive painting. In his letter to Miletic, the English writer
Alan Sillitoe found his music gfull of life, grace and energyh adding also that it is gpure, clear
and full of interest, as well as comprehensible to the hearth.
It should be pointed out that Miroslav Miletic composed the first Croatian work (Concerto)
for guitar and orchestra.
Miroslav Miletic won many international awards and acknowledgements. Among them, we
should mention the Gaudeamus Foundation Award (Holland, 1959) for the Concerto For
Viola And Orchestra, Golden Lion in Venice (1960) for music for the film Piko, two gold
medals in Vercelli (1967) - for Diptych for cello and piano, and Suite In Modo Antico for
flute and piano.