Japanese-Canadian composer Kento Iwasaki’s music is described as “setting the example for what composers should do” and “clearly expressing the Japanese cultural voice” by composer Zhao Jiping. He has been awarded composer residencies with the Atlantic Center for the Arts and First Beijing International Composition Workshop.
Kento is also an active performer of koto (Japanese floor harp) and shamisen (Japanese banjo). Last summer, he was awarded Columbia's Hogaku Mentor-Protégé Program to study with koto master Satomi Fukami in an intensive six-week program.
Kento recently completed a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Richard Danielpour. He is currently working on “SHINJU”, a Japanese-themed grand opera about a mermaid adopted by humans.