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|Born||July 21, 1981|
|Origin||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, concertmaster, producer|
Hiroaki Yura (由良 浩明 Yura Hiroaki, born July 21, 1981) is a Japanese violinist, and the founder and artistic director of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. He was educated at The Scots College in Bellevue Hill. He is currently the CEO of Creative Intelligence Arts.
Yura is the founder of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra and the Eminence Audio Production company, and a violin virtuoso. He has extensive solo experience ranging from recitals to solo concerto performances. He has played for heads of state, international delegates and officials such as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, and ambassadors and consulate generals to many nations.
Yura has performed with exalted and revered musicians such as Prof. Chikashi Tanaka (violin), Maestro John Harding (violin), Alexey Yemstov (piano), Alexander Gavriluk (piano), and has had a wealth of experiences with top composers around the globe. Hiroaki Yura has performed as a soloist with most of the major Chinese Orchestras including the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Nanjing Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Woollahra Symphony Orchestra, and debuted in Japan with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yura has won numerous competitions internationally and locally, including the 7th Etoh Toshiya International Violin Competition for Young Violinists, was a prize winner at the Gisbourne International Music Competition in New Zealand, received multiple scholarships to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and has received scholarships with a number of other institutions.
He has directed orchestral recordings for a number of films and interactive entertainment. Amongst his notable credits are Diablo III, Soulcalibur IV, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, and The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk.
Yura later founded his own company, Creative Intelligence Arts, which in 2013 announced its first video game project, titled Project Phoenix. In addition, it was announced that Yura would be the project producer for the Under the Dog anime project planned for a 2015 release.
In 2013, Yura launched a successful Kickstarter project named Project Phoenix through his new company CIA, Inc. and collected $1,014,600 thanks to 15,802 backers. Project Phoenix has a rough estimated release date of 2018 although according to a Kickstarter update, the game is on standby awaiting additional funds.
In Sep 2016, through another new company called Area 35, INC., he started a new Kickstarter project by the name of TINY METAL, which gathered 1,276 backers but did not reach its funding goal of $50,000. His involvement in the game was never stated in the Kickstarter campaign, only known after the game was produced.
In November 2017, Hiroaki Yura was accused by Tariq Lacy of using funds raised from the Kickstarter of Project Phoenix to develop and fund TINY METAL. Later, Lacy admitted that his claims and accusations against Yura were false.
Hiroaki Yura is married to Mizuki Yura, with whom he has three sons.
- Yura, Hiroaki (April 7, 2007). "Diana Simmonds in conversation with Hiroaki Yura" (Interview). Interviewed by Diana Simmonds. Stage Noise.
- Yura, Hiroaki (September 4, 2014). "Hiroaki Yura, the "Under the Dog" Interview" (Interview). Crunchyroll.
- "Project Phoenix Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- "AREA35". AREA35. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- "TINY METAL (Canceled)". Kickstarter. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- Schreier, Jason (November 20, 2017). "Developer Accuses Project Phoenix Director of Embezzling $1 Million From Kickstarter". Kotaku. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- Chalk, Andy (July 30, 2018). "Former Tiny Metal dev admits Kickstarter embezzlement accusations were untrue". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- Yura, Mizuki (September 3, 2014). "小島秀夫様より「Under the Dog」に応援コメント全文". Good Wife's Guide (in Japanese). Archived from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
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