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|The following name, Hirahara Ayaka, is a Japanese name, which has "Hirahara" as the family name and "Ayaka" as the given name.|
|Born||May 9, 1984|
|Other names||A-ya (あーや)|
Hirahara comes from a musical family; her father Makoto Hirahara is a saxophone player, her grandfather Tsutomu Hirahara was a trumpet player, and her older sister Aika Hirahara is also a singer. Ayaka was a member of the Matsuyama Ballet for 11 years, beginning at age 6. She started playing saxophone when she was 13 years old, then learned classical saxophone at Senzoku Gakuen High School. Currently, she is studying in the Faculty of Jazz majoring in saxophone at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. Her first single, "Jupiter", was released in Japan in December 2003, and went on to be one of the biggest selling singles of 2004. The melody of the song is based on the "Jupiter" movement in The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. Similarly, the melody of her song "Siciliana" is based on the piece by Johann Sebastian Bach named Siciliano.
Hirahara's song Reset, from the album 4tsu no L was used in Capcom's 2006 title Ōkami, as the ending song. An orchestral version of this song was also made by Hiroshi Yamaguchi named "Reset - Thank You Version".
- ↑ Greenberg, Adam. [Allmusic "Biography: Ayaka Hirahara"]. Allmusic. Allmusic. Retrieved 16 April 2010.