“Kento Masuda is an outstanding artist as well as an incredible craftsman. He writes highly-imaginative music that happily defies categorization. Kento’s music is comprised of extremely lush textures which, by defining intricate themes, evolve throughout each spellbinding composition”.
Charles Eller – Owner and Producer, Charles Eller Studios
“Kento Masuda is one of this world’s artistic treasures. His music is at once sonically spiritual and visually-expressive. You can see his music. The blend of smooth melodies and rhythmic grooves transports the listener. The environment Kento creates, allows participation in his sculpture of sound. It is a great honor to be a small part of his work”.
Gary Vandy – Award-winning Producer and Engineer
Earl Maestro Don Kento Masuda Biography
・“Maestro” from the Knights of the Order of St. Sylvester.
・”Knight” from The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.
・“Count” from The Sovereign Royal and Imperial House of Rurikovich.
・”Commander of Justice” from The Noble Order of Knights of St. Giorgio di Borgogna.
・”Grand Cross” from the Brazilian government of the Order of Merit of Education and Integration.
・The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS – The Recording Academy) Member.
・The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Member.
・Kent On Music, Inc. (ASCAP) President.
・Kento Masuda Music, LLC A corporate manager.
Kento Masuda began his career as a child prodigy in Japan, playing electric organ and keyboards. Even as a child he preferred to write his own compositions instead of playing standards. By the age of 10, Kento began winning competitions annually, including the Yamaha Junior Original Concert competition.
Kento’s success at such a young age set the foundation for a lifetime of performances, composing, and music production. At 17, he began to perform professionally. He learned recording skills by working as an assistant in a music studio. He then released his original first album, “WHEEL OF FORTUNE”.
Between 1993 and 1995, Kento lived in New York, where he focused on music production, and worked with such notable producers as Phil Rubin and Lee Shapiro. While this moment he received a welcome letter from Claude-Michel Schönberg who is a composer for the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” and “Les Misérables”.
After returning to Tokyo, Kento began work on several music projects including radio, video-game, and TVCM music offerings, the music and lyrics of which were all written, arranged, and performed on keyboards by Kento. He also produced his original solo album “MYOJYOW”. “MYOJYOW” is a non-standard transliteration of “明星”, the Japanese word for “Morning Star”, or “Venus”. “MYOJYOW” was released on June 19, 1998, and was audio-mastered by Bobby Hata, recipient of numerous gold records for his work at Warner Bros. Records.
Later that year, on October 26, 1999, Kento followed-up with the album “MEMORIES”.
After “MYOJYOW” and “MEMORIES” were released in the United States, Masuda received recognition from a number of major companies and industry professionals, including music producer Ruta Sepetys, CEO of Steve Vai’s management company Sepetys Entertainment Group.
In 2000, Kento Masuda established his own company, Kent On Music, Inc. (ASCAP), and founded his audio production and recording studio “Externalnet” in Tokyo. On August 26, 2003, Kento released “HANDS”. “HANDS” was recorded in Los Angeles, where Kento worked with Ted Namba of Japan – producer of the solo recording of X Japan vocalist Toshi, T-Square, and many others. It was concurrent with the release of the album “HANDS” that Kento Masuda’s music began to be played by radio stations internationally.
In 2005, Masuda signed with JPMC Records, a Swiss label based in New York, and himself became a member of ASCAP.
In 2006, Kento released his 7th album, “GLOBESOUNDS”. To mix “GLOBESOUNDS”, Kento travelled to Vermont to join forces with Grammy-nominated producer Charles Eller – known for his work with Dr. John, Taj Majal, Shawn Colvin, and Keith Jarrett, among many others. “GLOBESOUNDS” enjoyed airplay on radio stations internationally, while Kento’s catalog of compositions and recordings came to be featured on MTV, NME Magazine, and BBC Music.
The album “LIGHT SPEED+” was released on September 11, 2010, putting Kento’s focus not only on composition but on the creation of a unique full-length synthesis album. Masuda then began receiving nominations and awards for his music, including honorable mention in the Instrumental category of the “International Songwriting Competition” for the composition “Tree” – from the album “GLOBESOUNDS”.
In 2011, Kento Masuda composed music for renowned designer Yohji Yamamoto’s Femme Autumn Winter 2011–2012 Paris Fashion Week fashion show – with compositions titled “Hands”, and “Little Tokyo Poetry”. Kento collaborated with Tomo Oya on a short music film, “Godsend Rondo”, in Hokkaido, which featured Yohji Yamamoto’s ready-to-wear collections.
Following the success of Kento’s first piano solo work “ALL IN THE SILENCE”, released on September 26, 2012, Kento thrilled audiences with two live performances at Musicasa Acoustic Concert Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, performing for an audience of international fans.
On April 16, 2014, Masuda released his 10th album, “LOVED ONE”. “LOVED ONE” was produced by Kento Masuda and Gary Vandy, featuring Paul Messina on flutes, piccolo, alto sax, and tenor sax, and the horn and string arrangements and Kevin Marcus Sylvester (“Black Violin”) on violin. “LOVED ONE” traces Kento’s musical journey throughout his most recent experiences and observations of life, while introducing selections spanning a compelling spectrum of genres. “LOVED ONE” was recorded at Gary Vandy’s Studio Center in Miami, which has produced recordings that have won eight Grammy awards along with multiple platinum albums.
On November 14, 2014, Kento – along with Japanese singer-songwriter Hiroko Tsuji, harpist Fabius Constable, soprano Donatella Bortone, and Lebanese and Arab lutist Ghazi Makhoul – performed in the dynamic and multi-cultural concert “5 ELEMENTS LIVE” at Casa Dei Diritti in Milan, Italy. This unique evening of music connected the sounds and voices of the east and west, while producers and collaborators Masuda and Constable shared their vision that music is both absolute and life-affirming.
On December 6, 2014, Masuda performed at the Associazione dei Cavalieri di San Silvestro celebration of Monumentalis Ecclesiae Sancti Silvestri Societas in Italy. Kento was honored there with the title of “Maestro”, an accolade awarded by Monsignor Luigi Casolini to the Knights of the Order of St. Sylvester gentlemen, who are distinguished for their contributions of both musical genius and for charities.
On February 8, 2015, Kento Masuda, along with artist and performer Hiroko Tsuji, attended the prestigious 57th Grammys in Los Angeles, California. Kento had four official submissions for the year’s Grammy consideration from his album “LOVED ONE”. 2015 continued to be a landmark year for Kento, as he was nominated and won or received recognition and awards for his compositions.
On March 22, 2016, Kent On Music released Hiroko Tsuji’s 1st album, “FREE YOURSELF”, produced by Kento Masuda. “FREE YOURSELF” was a winner of the Akademia Music Awards, and was also honored as a Silver Medal Winner by the Global Music Awards for the song “Fly Away”, in the category of Female Vocalist of Outstanding Achievement.
Kento was honored in November, 2016 with the distinguished titles of “Knight”, an accolade awarded by Don. Basilio Cali to The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knight of Malta, in Malta – and the title of “Knight Commander”, an accolade awarded by H.R. & I.H. Grand Prince Hans Máximo Cabrera Lochaber Rurikovich of the Sovereign Royal and Imperial House of Rurikovich, in Spain. This coming April, 2017, On April 22, 2017, Kento received the title of “Commander” of Justice, awarded by Don. Michele Maria Biallo to the St. Giorgio di Borgogna in Rome, Italy. He has received the title a Baron, and now “Maestro Don. Kento Masuda”. On July 5th 2017, Kento have received an award from the H.R.H. Princess Angelique Monét of The United Nations (World Peace & Tolerance Summit & Concert) Hamptons at the United Nations in NYC.
On July 5, 2017, Kento Masuda received an Artisan World Festival Peace International Initiative “Music, Performance & Humanitarian” Award from the H.R.H. Princess Angelique Monet of The United Nations (World Peace & Tolerance Summit & Concert) Hamptons at the United Nations in NYC. This selection is based on his continued engagement with the performing arts and commitment to humanitarian projects that promote cultural diversity, cultural preservation, and world peace in addition to your innovative contribution in music. This group is a part of New Generation In Action an organization supported by the United Nations with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations for Economic and Social Development.
In August 2018, with the distinguished titles of “Grand Cross”, honored by Brazilian government, awarded to the Order of Merit of Education and Integration. In winter, Kento Masuda composed a classical march piece that an Imperial Royal Highness petitioned him to write in the honor. In terms of its unique event, Masuda has also received the title of Count from the Order of Rurik dynasty in 2016.
Masuda attended the 61st Annual Grammy Awards alongside Swedish popstar Elsa Andrén on February 10th, 2019. On May 11th, 2019, Kento Masuda performed at the gala concert of Knights of St. Sylvester at St. Regis Rome Grand Hotel. The Association was founded with the desire to gather around the old Monumental Church of Saint Sylvester in Tivoli important people with undisputed intellectual depth or of high scientific or human high-profile plus ordinary citizens of goodwill with a strong sense of love for history, for the Arts and a sincere interest in medieval traditions that gave birth to the Orders of Chivalry. Masuda also performs his Signature Model of Kawai Musical Instruments Piano CR-1M. This rare piano is limited to five pieces and $1 million value of a piece.
To quote Kento, “When you touch someone with your spirit, in turn they touch your soul with their heart”. Kento’s music defines his spirit, and will certainly touch the hearts and souls of all who hear his music.
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Don Basilio Cali at The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights O.S.J. of Malta.
Monsignor Luigi Francesco Casolini Di Sersale at Monumentalis Ecclesiae Sancti Silvestri Societas, Tivoli
With Will Lee
Arranger Jim Gray, Ruth Weber, and Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez from the Nashville Symphony
With Hirotaka Kawai. A Chairman, CEO of KAWAI
With KAWAI executives, a gala concert of Knights of St. Sylvester at St. Regis Rome Grand Hotel