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Keigo Hirakawa pursues a dual career as an in-demand jazz pianist and an engineering professor. Hirakawa has studied with many world renowned jazz artists, including Danilo Perez, Harold Danko, Stephen Scott, Alan Pasqua, Ran Blake, Cecil McBee, Jerry Bergonzi, Ralph Peterson, Donald Byrd, John McNeil, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Jerry Leake, Walt Weiskopf, Oscar Stagnaro, and Gary Dial. He has performed with Donald Byrd, Bob Moses, Walt Weiskopf, Ted Curson, and Bobby Lavell. He was an acting director of the Cornell University Jazz Ensembles in 2000-1, where he directed big bands and small ensembles, and welcomed guest artists including Jimmy Heath, Terrell Stafford, and Wycliff Gordon, and Joe Chambers.
2010 marked the released of "Hessler-Cabrillo Run Down," Hirakawa's first album recorded as a co-leader with saxophonist Joshua Smith. Dedicated to the late comic writer and jazz critic Harvey Pekar, the album celebrates the Avant Garde jazz with every track improvised without precomposed music.
Hirakawa joined University of Dayton as Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010. Prior to UD, he was with Harvard University as a Research Associate of Department of Statistics and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He simultaneously earned Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University and M.M. in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.