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Ke Ma - piano

Biography

Born in 1994, Ke has studied piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship with Professor Christopher Elton since 2011 and chamber music with Professor Michael Dussek and Andrew West. During this time, she has won several prizes, both external and internal, including the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, the Harold Craxton Prize and the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Fund. She was also highly commended for the Sterndale Bennett Prize. In 2012 she received 3rd place at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. Last year, she won the Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition in China and most recently Ke received the Prince’s Award from the Worshipful Musicians’ Company.

She was introduced to the piano at the age of three. Two years later she won second prize at the prestigious Xiwangbei piano competition in Beijing and subsequently went on to study with Professor Zhong Hui. In 2006, she began studies with Professor Galina Popova in the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. After a successful audition for the Morningside Music Bridge Festival in Canada, she attended masterclasses and gave performances in Poland and Canada. She has participated in masterclasses with many great pianists, including Angela Hewitt, Peter Frankl, Huang-kuan Chen, John Perry, Pascal Devoyon, Joanna MacGregor, Yevgeny Sudbin and Boris Berman.

Ke has appeared as a soloist with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, Sichuan Academy Symphony Orchestra, and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors including, Christian Ehwald, Daye Lin, Nigel Wilkinson, Qiyuan Zhu and Uros Lajovic.

Forthcoming engagements include a shared solo recital at Purcell Room, supported by the Worshipful Musicians’ Company, and solo recitals in China with the Parsons Piano Company. She will make her solo debut recital in Wigmore Hall during their next season as well as a duo recital alongside British violist Timothy Ridout, which will be supported by Kirckman Concert Society. In 2016, they will release a disc of Vieuxtemps’s viola works for the Champs Hill recording label.

Ke is most generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Edward Mandel Bursary, Mr John Burgess, the Steinway & Sons Scholarship, the Help Musician UK Postgraduate Award 2015/2016 and the Craxton Memorial Trust and Hattori Foundation.

submission July 2015