About the Artist

Passionate and sensual, Seki's performances are as much a visual delight as they are aural.
"Bathed in tonal beauty" is how The Times describes her.  


Haruko Seki has performed at many major UK venues including St John's Smith Square, The South Bank, Wigmore and Fairfield Halls.  She has recorded for the BBC and for  German television.  Internationally she has performed in Europe,  America and the Far East - Her appeal is truly global!

 

An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music,  Seki studied under the auspices of Piers Lane, Kathron Sturrock and Christopher Elton, completing her Master's and graduating with the Academy's highest performance award, Recital Diploma.  Her inspiration is derived from a cross fertilisation of poetry as well as music, having obtained her first BA  Degree in English literature prior to coming to the UK to pursue her musical passion.  She has competed internationally, winning First Prize in the USA's St Charles Illinois International Piano Competition in 1997 among others.

Seki's broad repertoire as a Concerto Pianist encompasses over 20 concertos while amongst her solo repertoire she has taken a special interest in neglected works by Saint-Saëns  and Tournemire.  More recently she has delighted audiences with her explorations of Gershwin and Scott Joplin.

Having now spent much of her life in the UK,  Seki now sees opportunity to act as musical channel between the British Isles and Japan.  She has recently completed a successful project in Japan promoting the works of two lesser known composers of Britain and Ireland, John Ireland and John Field.  In the future she hopes to pursue projects drawing together influences from East and West in both music and poetry.

 

Her new group, The Phantasia Ensemble ( www.phantasiaensemble.co.uk ) is a musical collaboration that brings together the music, poetry and stories of the British Isles and Japan. They are passionate about music's ability to cross cultural divides and draw people together from the most different backgrounds, celebrating the uniqueness and similarity between these two cultures so many miles away.