Hideki is a specialist on lutes and early guitars from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as on later guitars from the late 18th-and early 19th-centuries. He approaches playing early music with an awareness of the aesthetic appropriate to the period, and with period technique. He owns and plays original instruments as well as faithful replicas of originals. His primary teachers have included Robert Strizich (UC Santa Cruz), John Schneiderman (UC Irvine), James Tyler (University of Southern California), and Paul Beier (Accademia Internernazionale della Musica, Milan).
plays all manners of plucked instruments from the 16th-century onwards.
As a soloist, he has performed for Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Astoria
Music Festival, UC Irvine, and Montana State University, among others.
Here is a list of instruments he plays by period:
Hideki plays continuo on most plucked instruments that were used in this capacity in the 17th- and 18th-centuries, including 10-course lute, archlute, theorbo, gallichon/mandora, and baroque guitar. As a continuo player, he has performed with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Baroque Northwest, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Master Chorale, California Bach Society, Astoria Music Festival, and Musica Maestrale.
Hideki is one of a the few professional-level players in the country on the mandolino, or the baroque mandolin, which is more closely related to the lute family of instruments than to the Neapolitan mandolin. His accomplishments on mandolino include performing both mandolin concertos by Vivaldi with Portland Baroque Orchestra, and recording a world-premiere CD of music from the 'Dalla Casa Manuscript', an important source for this instrument from the 18th-century. His repertoire also includes obbligato parts from operas and oratorios which are nowadays usually done on the modern mandolin (the wrong instrument), such as the part form the famous aria Deh, vieni alla finestra from 'Don Giovanni' (Mozart).
mandolino, with archlute accompaniment: