Green Templeton College is delighted to announce the appointment of pianist Maki Sekiya as its first Musician in Residence. Born in Tokyo, Maki studied at the Purcell School in North London and later at the Moscow Conservatoire where she gained a diploma with distinction. This was followed by prizes at many competitions in Italy, Japan, Spain, the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Georgia.
Her very wide repertoire ranges from the Baroque to pieces specially written for her by Russian, Japanese and British composers.
Maki's performance at the College last November at very short notice stunned the audience with her consummate musicianship and phenomenal technique. Of a recent recital in Oxford, where she now lives with her son and Russian-born husband, one critic wrote: “She displayed in every phrase her own voice as a musician, a voice that is recognizable without in any way imposing herself on the music. She simply is the music when she is playing.”
Maki’s one-year appointment, to be funded by donations from benefactors including several Fellows of the College, will cover three events comprising recitals and a possible masterclass. She looks forward to developing relationships with members of the College community and writes “What wonderful news. This is such an honour and privilege and I am really grateful to everyone at Green Templeton for this opportunity.”