Japanese pianist Hiromi is a very popular guest at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The spirited freedom of her music is in keeping with the adventurous nature of the festival. In the territory in which Hiromi (32) operates, jazz, rock and classical music blend into an absolutely unique whole. And this certainly does not deter success. In recent years this protégé of Ahmad Jamal has become a regular guest in Rotterdam. Hiromi made her debut with a trio in 2004, returned in 2009 with the Japanese master pianist Akiko Yano and two years ago she performed with the Stanley Clarke Group. This year, Hiromi is in Rotterdam to introduce her album Voice that she recorded with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. According to Hiromi, her work needs no words to convey pure emotions.