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Keiko Matsui

Mrs. Doi, who is the teacher of traditional Japanese dance, took her daughter to a classical piano lesson when she was five years old. Of course it was the first June after her 5th birthday. Since there is a saying in Japan, that if you take your children to their first lessons in the first June after their fifth birthday, they will keep studying for a long time. Keiko loved her first piano lesson. So Mrs. Doi took her to the lessons every week, in rain or shine. Keiko was a good girl in school. She stood up for her friends when some bullies acted mean to them. She was elected as president of her class several times. Her favorite music in Junior High was Stevie Wonder, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, and the movie soundtracks of Maurice Jarre and Nino Rota. Her favorite jazz musician in Junior High was Chick Corea.

She graduated from Japan Woman's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku) majoring in the children's culture. She studied music mostly in Yamaha Music Foundation after several years of private piano lessons from her first teacher. She became a top student in Yamaha System, and selected to be the recording artist for them when she was 17 years old. She composed her first major film score that year. She had jazz group called Cosmos and recorded four albums.

On her first solo album released in the U.S., Keiko wrote a letter to the American audience to introduce A Drop of Water:

Dear Friends,

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Journey To The Heart

Shanachie Records
2016

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Live In Tokyo

Shanachie Records
2015

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Soul Quest

Narada Jazz
2013

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Greatest Hits

Narada Jazz
2011

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The Road...

Shanachie Records
2011

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Moyo

Narada Jazz
2007

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Stingo (Live in Tokyo)

From: Live In Tokyo
By Keiko Matsui

Black Lion

From: Black Lion
By Keiko Matsui

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