Born in 1994, Ke Ma is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Christopher Elton. Most recently, she won first prize in the 18th Concours International de Piano de la ville de Maisons-Laffitte, in France.
She was introduced to the piano at the age of three by her grandfather and father, and quickly reached an accomplished level; at five years old she won second prize at the prestigious Xiwangbei piano competition in Beijing and subsequently went on to study with Professor Zhong Hui. In 2006, she began studies with Professor Galina Popova in the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. After a successful audition for the Morningside Music Bridge Festival in Canada, she attended masterclasses and gave performances in Poland and Canada. She has participated in masterclasses with many great pianists, including Angela Hewitt, Peter Frankl, Huang-kuan Chen, John Perry, Pascal Devoyon, Joanna MacGregor, Yevgeny Sudbin, Boris Berman, Arie Vardi and Imogen Cooper.
Ke Ma has won the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, the Harold Craxton Prize and the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Fund, and was highly commended for the Sternadle Bennett Prize. In 2012 she received 3rd prize at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. In 2015, she won the Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition in China and later received the Prince's Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians as well as fifth prize in the Hastings Piano Concerto Competition, 2016.
Ke Ma has appeared as soloist with many different orchestras and conductors including Christian Ehwald, Daye Lin, Nigel Wilkinson, Qiyuan Zhu, Uros Lajovic and Brian Wright. She has also collaborated with major Chinese orchestras as well as some local orchestra in the UK.
Ke Ma is most generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Edward Mandel Bursary, Mr John Burgess, the Steinway & Sons Scholarship, the Ian Fleming Award (Help Musicians UK) the Tillett Trust and a music scholarship from the Liechtenstein Music Academy.