"The title of this recital, and of my most recent CD, Voces Boreales (Northern Voices), signifies two ideas: Northern Ontario, my residence for the last twelve years, and Canada, the Northern country to many Europeans. Having performed contemporary music in Canada and abroad for almost two decades, I have had the privilege of meeting composers whose aesthetics and musical universes are helping to shape Canada’s musical identity.
Voces Boreales features solo piano works by five distinguished Canadian composers – Brian Cherney, Brian Current, Robert Lemay,François Morel, and Laurie Radford.
Two of these works, Trinômeby François Morel and Nachtstücke by Brian Cherney, were written for me, and were premiered during my "Small is Beautiful" 2011/2012 solo recital tour." - Yoko Hirota.