About

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Shigeharu Hirao-Yamaoka :

A recoreder player and maker. Studied recorder playing under Hans-Martin Linde and Jeanette van Wingerden in Basel Schola Cantorum, under Ricardo Kanji in Den Haag the Royal Conservatoire, where also studied recorder making under Frederick Morgan. After returned in 1980, dedicated to making and supplying instruments to recorder players all over the world.

Seiji Hirao :

An up-and-coming recorder maker in Japan. Studied recorder playing under Kiyomi Watanabe and Shigeharu Hirao-Yamaoka. In 2007 began to work on recorder making with Shigeharu Hirao-Yamaoka. In recent years in charge of development of new models such as Heitz alto, Stanesby Jr. soprano in D and so on.

Hirao Recorder Workshop was founded by Shigeharu Hirao-Yamaoka in 1980. It marks the 30th anniversary in 2010.

Researching and based on the originals, we make recorders of the first order that respond to the needs of players today.

New models are developed in recent years; Bressan Alto in G [2009], Heitz Alto [2010], Stanesby Jr. Soprano (a=442) [2011], and Stanesby Jr. Soprano in D and in C (a’=415 ) [2012].

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