Keiko Matsui ( = 居 慶 子 , Keiko Matsui > , born Keiko Doi ) on July 26, 1961 in Tokyo, is a Japanese pianist, keyboardist and composer specializing in smooth jazz and New Age music.
Keiko Matsui was born in Tokyo, Japan on July 26, 1961. Her mother, Emiko, brought her to her first piano lesson when she was five years old. The Japanese tradition is that a child who starts lessons at this age will study in this way for a very long time. The tradition is accurate in the case of Matsui. She started by learning classical music before turning to jazz and finally composing her own music.
She first studied child care at the Women's University of Japan before attending the benches of the Yamaha Music Foundation. She created the band Cosmos with which she recorded four albums before starting her solo career. Her first solo album, A Drop of Water, was released in 1987. From then on, she signed with MCA, which produced her albums No Borders and Under Northern Lights. In 1992, she signed at White Cat, which produced her Sapphire album nearly three years later, and ranked No. 1 in sales for a contemporary jazz album according to Billboard magazine.
She produced her album The Road in 2011, recording with Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jackiem Joyner and Kirk Whalum. She works with Bob James for another album. His album Soul Quest released in 2013 is ranked in 6> sales position for a jazz album>.