Masataka HIRANO was born in Japan, in 1970. He started playing the piano at the age of three and the saxophone at twelve.
After graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1992, he went to Paris to continue his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur Musique de Paris from 1995. He obtained Unanimous Premier Prix in the saxophone performance at the graduation in 1997 as well as the first prize of judge unanimity in the chamber music in 1998 and in the improvisation in 1999.
He has been awarded numerous prizes including in the Woodwind, Percussion Competition in Japan in 1990 and the Jean=Marie Londex International Competition in France in 1996, it made him the first Japanese saxophonist who won the first prize in the international competition.
He has been active as a soloist in Japan and Europe, performing on TV and radio programs, and recording his playing on discs. His first solo album "Millennium" with S.Reich, T.Riley, C.Lauba, K.Isoda and D.Youngerman was released in June, 2000.
He has made many concerto appearances with various orchestras in Japan and in Europe. He gave a world premiere playing the saxophone concerto "It" by C.Havel with the Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine. He also played the concerto by A.Glaznov with Garde Repubriquenne Symphonie Orchestre. He is also active as a composer. His own premiere will be performed with the Yomiuri symphony orchestra in May 2004. This performing will be broadcasted by the Nippon Television Network. Currently, he is teaching at his alma mater, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music(saxophone) and he writes regularly his essay to the monthly magazines "Band Journal" and "Pipers".