Biography

Composer Makia Matsumura’s music has been heard on national TV and in movies, as well as at the symphony halls, theatres, museums, and clubs. An avid pianist since an early age with performance credits ranging from the world’s most renowned concert halls to downtown bars in New York City, she has been also active as a silent film accompanist for the last 15 years, garnering high praises at renowned film institutions and theaters in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Makia started her studies of piano and composition at the age of six, and performed her original music extensively in and outside of Japan during her teenage years through Yamaha Music Education System. Her appearances from this period have included concerto performances with the Hungary National Symphony, the Berlin Great Radio Orchestra, and the Tokyo and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestras at renowned venues in Europe and Japan.

After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Makia moved to New York City and completed her Master’s degree in composition at The Juilliard School. In 2003, she was introduced to improvisational solo piano accompaniment for classic silent films and immediately fell in love with the art. It has been a perfect platform to combine her skills and passion for composition, film scoring, piano performance and improvisation all into one, and it is no surprise that her performances have been garnering high praises at celebrated venues internationally. In addition, she has provided musical scores for DVD releases of silent films, most recently for “Manhandled” (1924, dir. Allan Dwan) featuring Gloria Swanson, as well as “The Scar of Shame” (1927, dir. Frank Perugini), part of the 5-disc set “Pioneers of African-American Cinema” executive-produced by DJ Spooky currently available on Netflix, both available from Kino Lorber.

Makia currently resides in New York City, where she enjoys performing as a co-founding member of “M2duo”, a unique violin-piano tango duo, alongside her silent film engagements.

(as of August 2018)