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Maki Sekiya - piano recital

Wed Nov 2nd 2011, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Maki Sekiya

Born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan, Maki Sekiya began her piano studies at the age of 4. Maki's public career began in 1988, when the ten-year-old pianist appeared on Japanese television; later that year she appeared in several of the biggest halls in Tokyo. In 1989, Maki and her family moved to London, where she enrolled in the Purcell School and began studies with Professor B.Kaplan. Soon thereafter, Maki won two prizes at international competitions: First Prize in the International Competition in Senegallia (1991); and Third Prize in the Maria Callas Competition in Barcelona. Following these successes, Maki appeared in numerous solo and concerto concerts throughout the UK, as well as Israel. 

In 1996, Maki moved to Russia, and entered the Moscow State Conservatory, studying under Professor G. Gornostaeva; upon graduation, she began post-graduate study at the Conservatory, under Prof. M. Olenev. Since moving to Russia, she has continued with her concert career, making numerous appearances in concerts and festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, and the UK. She has likewise continued to earn prizes in competitions — including First Prize in the Music and Earth International Competition (Bulgaria, 2001) and 5th Prize in the Tbilisi International Piano Competition (Georgia, 2001), and First Prize in the "Sailer" Competition (Bulgaria, 2003). Maki possesses impressive technique and keen musical instincts; she performs works of a broad reportorial range, from Mozart to 20th century masterworks by Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky, as well as more contemporary works — including a work by fellow Moscow State Conservatory student Dilyara Gabitova, leading Russian composer Sergey Pavlenko, and renowned Japanese composer Somei Satoh.

“First of all, her playing leaves a breath taking impression with an extraordinary,irrepressible energy which doesn’t know the end. … It seems incredible- where it all comes from-from this fragile sensitive appearance of the girl. Another attractive,and rare element especially now our days about the pianist, is the warmth coming from the inner soul, which comes through even the harsh harmonies of Contemporary music. And it seems not by a coincidence that deep down the Japanese mentality and character, there is a precious intonation,that is very close to the one in Russian culture.”

V.G. Rozhnovsky, Ph.D. in Music, member of the composer’s union of Russia

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

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