Keiko Omura was born in Osaka, Japan. After completing musical education there, she furthered her musical studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, concentrating particularly on piano tuition with Klaus Schilde and musical pedagogy. Here she received her music teacher’s diploma. After her graduating in Munich, she worked as a piano teacher at the special class for talented children in the Yamaha Music Foundation in Osaka, her home city for many years. She also gave numerous piano recitals in Japan.
In 2006, she started her studies again at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, taking piano with Gerlinde Otto, harpsichord, clavichord and basso continuo with Bernhardt Klapprott, orchestral academy with Stefan May and Georg Christoph Biller, and chamber music with Midori Seiler. She was awarded a Diploma in harpsichord performance.
In 2015 she gained three Master of Art Degrees from the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, in fortepiano performance, fortepiano pedagogy, as well as in harpsichord/early music performance. Here her fortepiano studies were with Wolfgang Brunner, Early Music (harpsichord, basso continuo, orchestral academy and opera performance) with Jörg Halubek, harpsichord performance and basso continuo with Brett Leighton and organ lessons with Rudolf Jungwirth. In 2017 she graduated the Master of Arts harpsichord pedagogy programme of the Anton Bruckner Private University .
She has attended numerous master classes given by Bob van Asperen, Mark Kroll, David Shemer, Pierre Hantaï, Luigi Frenando Tagliavini, Bart van Oort and others. From 2012 to 2015, she lived at Kremsegg Castle in upper Austria which has one of the biggest and important musical instruments museum in Europe. During her staying at Kremsegg, she researched and played its huge fortepiano and modern piano collection from late 18th century to modern times. She worked also as an Assistant Curator at the Instrument Museum there and gave fortepiano seminars, lecture recitals and demonstrations for children, using three pianos from different epochs. These examples were a late 18th century Viennese fortepiano, an early 19th century fortepiano and a modern concert grand.
She has participated in numerous concerts both as a soloist and as a continuo player in operas and cantatas in Europe and in Japan. These include the Bach Biennale in Weimar, in Kremsegg Castle and in the Nakata Museum.
Her repertoire is very wide, ranging from Renaissance to modern music. She plays various keyboard instruments: virginal, spinet, clavichord, harpsichord, organ, fortepiano as well as the ‘modern’ piano. She chooses instruments to play that are most suitable for the musical style of an epoch, aiming for as far as possible for ‘authentic’ performance.
Keiko Omura is a professor(currently in Planning) for harpsichord at the vienna music academy.