Keiko Matsui was born in Tokyo, Japan and started playing classical piano at the young age of only five. As a teenager, she began her professional career and signed with the Yamaha Label at age of eighteen. Soon after signing with Yamaha, Keiko moved to the U.S. and released her debut album entitled 『A Drop Of Water』 in 1987. This album won critical acclaim from musical journalists and established herself as an iconic position within the "Smooth Jazz" world.
In 2001, her album 『Deep Blue』 reached the No. #1 on Billboard’s "Contemporary Jazz" chart and her first achievement as a Japanese artists. Keiko has had the honor of working with some of the best in the business, which include but not limited to, LIONEL HAMPTON, FREDDIE HUBBARD, JIMMY SMITH and MILES DAVIS. Keiko has continued to tour constantly worldwide annually to spread her music.
Keioko's 2016 album release, 『Journey To The Heart』, which also reached No. #1 on Billboard’s "Contemporary Jazz" chart less than one week after the album hit the streets. Achieving the No. #1 on Billboard’s "Contemporary Jazz" chart twice is another milestone she has so proudly accomplsihed, the first for any Japanese artist to date.