David Maki is a composer and pianist living and working in the Chicago area. Maki’s music has been performed widely at regional, national and international venues by many diverse ensembles and musicians. His music has been described as “fresh and unusual" by All Music Guide, “vivid, languid, introspective" by American Record Guide and “meditative and beautiful" by Fanfare Magazine.

In 2015, the flute and percussion duo, Apollo Duo (Stephanie Abderhalden, flute; Jeremy Johnston, percussion) released "Genesis" (Avid Sound Records, ASR 20151) – a commercial CD featuring new and recent works, including his "Ilta;" this is the second commercial recording of "Ilta," the first was released in 2009 with Due East (Erin Lesser, flute; Greg Beyer, percussion). In 2014, two CDs were released that include his music. "Insights: New Music for Double Bass" (Anthony Stoops, double bass; Albany Records, Troy 1457) includes two works – "Go Get It," for solo double bass, and "Out of the Woods," for double bass and piano with Maki at the piano. "Metal Cicadas: New Music for Violin and Cello" (Anna Cromwell, violin; Mira Firsch, cello; Albany Records, Troy 1511) includes Maki’s 5-movement suite, "Tamarack." See “Discography" for more information and where to purchase these and other recordings.

Maki also is active as a performer of new music. He has performed with many ensembles such as Brave New Works, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Prime Directive and Due East. He has toured Scandinavia twice as pianist with Amerikan Laulajat, and served as pianist for the University of Iowa Philharmonic and the Cedar Rapids Symphony. In 2015, with pianist Ashlee Mack, he premiered three movements of his “Five Impromptus for Two," for piano duet.

Currently, Maki is on the faculty of Northern Illinois University, where he is Associate Professor of Music, and serves as Assistant Director and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music. Former teaching positions include Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University and Visiting Instructor at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Maki holds degrees in composition from Northern Illinois University (B.M.), the University of Iowa (M.A.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.). His composition teachers include Jan Bach, David Gompper, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, and Michael Daugherty; his piano teachers include Donald Walker and Logan Skelton.

Please use the "contact" tab to the left for information on performance materials, or other questions. You are also welcome to visit his Youtube channel by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.