Hiroko Hiwatashi

Class of
2024
Position
Berklee College of Music
Biography

Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Hong Kong

Principal Instrument: Piano

Majors: Film Scoring and Music Business/Management

Languages Spoken (other than English): Japanese, Cantonese, and Mandarin


Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

My favorite Berklee experience was the fact that I got to make friends from all over the world despite everyone being located in different places. The remote experience was quite interesting, as I got to speak to everyone from my home, which is not something that you can do in a normal life.

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

My favorite class was my ensemble class because I got to collaborate with different people who play different instruments. I have never played in an ensemble, so it was fun to discuss other parts and gain a deeper understanding of different styles of playing.

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

I have never been to Boston, so I am looking forward to studying there!

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

Never forget your potential and just be yourself. Do what your heart tells you to do and don't be afraid of the challenges.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Will be finding that out soon!

Why did you choose Berklee?

I chose Berklee because of its international community, which made me feel like I belong there. I felt like this multicultural community can allow me to learn so much more about different styles of music from all around the world, helping me develop my own music from a different set of perspectives.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I am planning to go to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue my career in film scoring.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

I have not been to Berklee yet; however, I did enjoy collaborating with my peers in the Audire Soundtrack club.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

I hope I can perform on campus and possibly around Boston.

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