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Piano Weekend 2: Maki Sekiya
JdP, St Hilda's College, Oxford
12th May 2017 7.30pm

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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.

The JdP Music Building Oxford was built in memory of the world-renowned and much-loved cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987).

Born in Oxford in 1945, she studied under William Pleeth and made her debut at Wigmore Hall at the age of 16. The following year she gave her first performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto – a piece she played throughout her career to great acclaim. Aged 20 she recorded the concerto with EMI, which propelled her onto the international stage; she subsequently worked with several prestigious orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1971 she began to lose sensitivity in her fingers and other parts of her body, and was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her last performance was in February 1973 and she died on 19 October 1987 aged 42. Jacqueline Du Pré was an Honorary Fellow of the College and the building is a memorial to her.


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.

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