Hirota was born in North Japan. At the age of eleven, he began a lifelong study of percussion and has been composing from the age of thirteen. He studied at the Kyoto City University of Arts. In 1972 he was invited by STOMU YAMASHITA to be the musical director and percussionist of the RED BUDDHA THEATRE. In 1977 he became the musical director and percussionist for the LINDSAY KEMP DANCE COMPANY. Hirota toured extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, Canada and the USA, South America and Japan.