Dr. Maki grew up in Glenview, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, and is an alumnus of NIU, having earned his B. Mus. in composition in 1989. While a student at NIU, he studied composition with A. Oscar Haugland, Lee Cloud and Jan Bach, and studied piano with Donald Walker. He holds graduate degrees in composition from the University of Iowa (M.A.) and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.). His teachers include David Gompper, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, James Aikman, Bright Sheng, and Michael Daugherty. Dr. Maki joined the NIU School of Music faculty in 2002.
His music has been performed widely at regional, national, and international venues by ensembles such as the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Contemporary Directions, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, Mosaic, Prime Directive, Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Kantorei, Due East, The Apollo Duo, Daniel’s Satyr, The Khasma Duo, and Duo XXI. Recordings of his music are available on the Albany Records label and 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.
Dr. Maki also is active as a performer of new music as a soloist, as a duo-pianist, and as a collaborator with many other ensembles and artists.
In January 2014, the CD Insights: New Music for Double Bass (Anthony Stoops, double bass) was released by Albany records and contains two compositions by Dr. Maki, including one that features him as piano accompanist. A second CD featuring Duo XXI (violin and cello) and containing a new composition by him will be released by the end of the year.