Born in Tokyo, Maki Sekiya started piano lessons at the age of 4. Maki’s public career began when she was 10 years old and she appeared on Japanese television; later that year she performed in several of the biggest halls in Tokyo. When she was 11 years old, Maki and her family moved to London and she won a scholarship to the prestigious Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire. She was described then by the London Evening Standard as “the piano prodigy of tremendous inner rhythm and vitality”. As a teenager, Maki performed in numerous solo and concerto concerts throughout the UK, as well as in Israel.
After the Purcell School, Maki moved to Russia, and entered the Moscow State Conservatoire. Having gained her diploma, with distinction, she continued post-graduate studies there. Whilst in Russia, she continued with her concert career, making numerous appearances in concerts and festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, and the UK.
She has been a prize winner in many international competitions in Italy (aged 13), Japan, Spain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Georgia. She holds a Performance Diploma with honours (with a full mark for performance) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Maki performs solo, concerto and chamber works from a wide repertoire, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky, as well as contemporary works by leading composers from Russia and Japan. She has given world premier performances of new works by leading contemporary Japanese and Russian composers. Her performances have been broadcast on Japanese and Russian television and radio.
Maki gave her first public performance in the UK at St John’s Smith Square, London when she was just 16, whilst still a pupil at the Purcell School, playing Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto. She recently returned to live in the UK. She has since given solo and concerto performances at St John’s with the Orchestra of St John’s under John Lubbock, with whom she has also played in Oxford, Windsor, Cheltenham and at Blenheim Palace.