Date of Birth:
Aug. 7, 1994
Makurazaki, Kagoshima


Yuki Hirata entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2015 and became a Kodo member in 2018. On stage, Hirata is mainly featured on taiko drums, bamboo flutes, and metal percussion instruments. Hirata brings a unique lyrical quality to his performances, showcasing his expressive range and agility centre stage in Kodo’s core repertoire, including the powerful O-daiko base rhythm and Maki Ishii’s intricate masterpiece Monochrome.
In recent years, Hirata has added even more strings to his bow. Alongside his performance activities, he composes, arranges, and produces recordings, all while running Kodo’s lively Japanese X account. His abundant ideas and swift actions continue to support the ensemble’s creative and collaborative ventures. From virtual collaborations with international artists and composers to live collaborations with popular vocaloid Hatsune Miku, Hirata is often at the forefront on the Kodo side, liaising with fellow artists with a big smile. He often serves as the director of Kodo performances at events and festivals, including the main-stage Harbour Concerts at Earth Celebration. Hirata specializes in creating exciting programmes that really invigorate everyone in attendance.

Photo Gallery