CD Review “The Harpsichord in the New Millennium”, Fanfare, July/August issue 2010

“Composer Asako Hirabayashi is also a concert harpsichordist, so it’s only natural that she would want to write for her chosen instrument. Hirabayashi makes her recorded debut with an entire mini-repertoire: twenty-four tracks of passionate, sparkling, lyrical, even poignant music to help secure the harpsichord’s presence in the new millennium. … Asako Hirabayashi aims to please with her music and it pleases me to say that she’s succeeded in this diverse, entertaining, stimulating collection that most music lovers, not just harpsichordists, should enjoy”. Review of New York debut recital (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), The Music Connoisseur, Volume 4, Number 2, 1996: “With poise, grace and a delicate touch, this ex-pianist made her New York debut recital as harpsichordist. ... she was on top of both her technique and her audience.” She “obviously knows her standard repertory well and proved this ... she was convincingly articulate in the modern works” including “Lewis’ ultimately demanding and thorny three-movement work. Ms. Hirabayashi’s musical talents are impressive.”