A gifted musician from childhood, Kohmi Hirose began advanced music education from an early age.
She entered the Fukuoka Jogakuin Junior & Senior High School to join the school’s well-known music department, aspiring to become a composer.
She transitioned through the piano, organ, and composition departments at Fukuoka Jogakuin.
After graduation, she was admitted to the Kunitachi College of Music Department of Performance & Composition.
During her time at Kunitachi, she traveled back and forth between Los Angeles, CA and Japan.
During her stays in Los Angeles, a demo recording of her own compositions caught the ear of record company staff,
and Kohmi Hirose made her debut with Victor Entertainment in 1992.
After releasing her first single, Ai ga Areba Daijobu (All You Need is Love[EJ1] ), in 1992,
she had a string of hits,including Romance no Kamisama (The Cupid of Romance),
Gelande ga Tokeru Made Koi Shitai (Love Until the Snow Melts from the Slopes), and DEAR…again.
Her winter-themed music was used in popular TV commercials, earning her the title, Queen of Winter.
In addition to annual piano concerts and band tours, she is a voice trainer and active YouTuber, creating connections through music.
Kohmi Hirose is also rapidly becoming the Queen of Content through her active YouTube, TikTok, and other social media channels.
Even after 30 years in the music business, Kohmi Hirose still astonishes with her energy and passion for new challenges.
To date, she has more than 1 million followers across her social media channels.
In 2022, her original Romance no Kamisama dance went viral on TikTok,
topping the Billboard JAPAN TikTok Weekly Top 20 chart for two consecutive weeks and surpassing 500 million views.
In 2022, she released her latest song, Venus Line, which reached No.6 on the Billboard JAPAN TikTok Weekly Top 20.
Also in 2022, Romance no Kamisama became a generation-spanning national song in Japan,
cementing Kohmi Hirose’s position as a musician loved by all age groups.
Born in Nachikatsuura-cho, Wakayama Prefecture, Kohmi Hirose was raised in Fukuoka Prefecture.
A gifted musician from childhood, Kohmi Hirose began advanced music education from the age of three.
She began composing her own music at the age of six.
At four, she began learning the piano, and she began studies of classical music composition methods,
including harmonies, at five years of age.
When she was six, she completed his first work, titled “Papa and Mama.”
The first record she ever purchased herself was Bach’s “Matthäus-Passion.”
Her teacher told her that this work was full of compositional methods the would help her learn the rules of composition.
She listened to the record day and night, even during family dinner.
Kohmi Hirose looks back on her elementary and junior high school years as the peak of her composing career.
Day and night, even in her dreams, she would think of melodies, turning them about in her head.
Any new melody that came to mind, she would immediately write down on staff paper, complete with supplemental notes.
Many of the songs Kohmi Hirose released in later years were based on melodies she created as a child.
The characteristic ups and downs of her style reflect the fact that these pieces were originally written for piano, violin,
or other instruments, rather than as songs to be sung by a vocalist.
Fukuoka Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School (Music Department).
During here junior and senior high school years, Kohmi Hirose often composed music on her way to school. As a matter of fact, she composed everything but the chorus to Romance no Kamisama (The Cupid of Romance) at the Nishitetsu Ijiri bus stop. She composed the chorus to Ai ga Areba Daijobu (All You Need is Love) on the pedestrian bridge over the Ijiri rokkaku intersection. She even cites her first schoolgirl crush as “Su-kun[EJ1] ,” the name she called the Nishitetsu bus she rode to school. Dreaming of attending music college in Tokyo, Kohmi Hirose flew to Tokyo every two weeks for extra lessons in addition to her studies in her home of Fukuoka.
fter graduating from Fukuoka Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School (Music Department),
Kohmi was admitted to the Kunitachi College of Music Department of Performance & Composition.
Unfortunately, her grades were less than outstanding.
When asked, “What do you want to do with your life?” by one of her instructors, Kohmi answered,
“I want to be a composer.” The instructor replied, “That will never happen for you.”
Denied the music theory instruction and the dreams she had nurtured since childhood,
Kohmi traveled to Los Angeles to visit a high school friend for a change of pace.
There, she was thrilled to see Michael Jackson and Madonna perform live, awakening to the potential of pop music.
She thought to herself that if she arranged the classical pieces she had written for Michael Jackson to sing,
they would become big hits. So she began pursuing the dream of writing songs for Michael.
She immediately began studying pop music, which became a major turning point for her career.
After moving to the U.S., Kohmi auditioned for Seth Riggs,
voice trainer for Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Whitney Houston, in Los Angeles.
To get as close to Michael as possible, she made a direct appeal to Riggs to teach her composing and producing.
As a result, she was advised to take vocal training as well, if she wanted to write songs for vocalists.
She became the first person from Asia to pass the course[EJ2] , and she studied under Seth Riggs for about three years.
After completing her training, Kohmi created a demo tape,
which was the object of competition among major recording companies.
Through a chance meeting with Mitsuyoshi Tamura, a producer at Victor Music Industry (now Victor Entertainment),
Kohmi was chosen to make her debut as a singer-songwriter with the company.