Makoto Ueno was born to a musical family in 1966 in Muroran, Japan. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he studied with Jorge Bolet and Gary Graffman, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Hans Leygraf.
Ueno has won prizes at various international competitions and has given recitals throughout Asia, Europe, the US and Russia, he also performs as a soloist with many orchestras around the world. He has broadcast on radio and TV in Japan and recorded several albums for labels including Naxos.
Since 1996, he has been professor of piano at Kyoto University of Arts and has given masterclasses in Korea, Thailand, Germany, Turkey and Portugal.