Maiko Mori came to prominence after winning first prize at the 23rd Robert William and Florence Amy Brant International Piano Competition in 2002.
Maiko has been described as “clearly an exceptional artist, providing herself to be both a thrilling virtuoso and a fine poet of the keyboard…” (Musical Opinion 2013)
Born in Okayama, Japan, Maiko began her piano and composition studies at the age of five at the Yamaha School. Under the tutelage of Chikako Shibata, Maiko gained much recognition. She gave her first public recital at the age of 6, performing her own compositions. She continued to perform her compositions in major concerts throughout Japan until the age of 13, when she decided to concentrate on piano performance, a decision that was soon vindicated with successes at numerous competitions throughout Japan, including the National Classical Music Competition of Japan. Subsequently she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where she continued to flourish and garnered further awards such as Gen Foundation Award (2000), Ian Fleming Charitable Trust Music Education Award (2004), Myra Hess Award (2005), Carnwath Scholarship (2005) and Hopkinson Gold Medal (2006).
Maiko made her concerto debut in UK with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko and went on to debut internationally with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai, India. Recently she has enjoyed acclaim at prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room, the Bridgewater Hall, Steinway Hall, West Road Hall, Kings Place, St James's Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Her teachers have included Dmitri Alexeev, Andrew Ball, Andrzej Esterhazy and Benjamin Kaplan.
She has also pursued an interest in chamber music as a core member of the Aquilon ensemble and more recently, in a partnership with violinist Eulalie Charland. This latter partnership has resulted in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio France broadcast.
Maiko Mori is currently piano professor at the University of Chichester. She is also an official accompanist at Goldsmiths, University of London.