Born in 1986 in Solothurn, Maki Wiederkehr received her first piano lessons at the age of three. One year later she also took up the violin. In 2003 she joined the class for solo piano of Professor Homero Francesch at the Zurich University of the Arts. After graduating from high school in 2004 she began studying the violin at the same institution but decided to focus on her piano studies with Homero Francesch one year later. In the year 2009 she obtained both her teacher’s and concert diploma with distinction. In September of 2011 she completed her soloist diploma with a performance of Ravel’s left hand piano concerto. Besides furthering her studies and playing concerts, she teaches a piano class at the Music School of the Basle Music Academy.
Maki Wiederkehr has won several first prizes at competitions in Switzerland and Italy. Most recently she was distinguished with the first prize of the Rahn Musikpreis in Zurich, which enabled her to perform a concerto in the large hall of the Tonhalle in Zurich. She also received the 2010 annual award for piano from the Marianne and Curt Dienemann foundation in Lucerne and in 2009 received the prize for chamber music from the Kiwanis foundation as well as a scholarship from the Canton of Solothurn. She has received further scholarships from the Migros cultural foundation in cooperation with the Ernst Göhner foundation (2009/2010), the Kiefer Hablitzel foundation (2007/2008) and the Friedl Wald foundation (2006).