Kentaro (Ken-P) Sato
Location: California, USA
Kentaro Sato (1981- ), Ken-P to his friends, is an award-winning composer, conductor, orchestrator, lyricist, singer, VO artist and educator. His symphonic works have been featured in TV/Film media, game industry and concert performing groups around the world such as Philharmonia Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
In the choral music world, Sato is best known as the winner of the prestigious ACDA Raymond W. Brock Memorial Composition Contest for “Kyrie” from Missa pro Pace (Mass for Peace), which was premiered at the 2005 ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles. He is also a frequent guest conductor and lecturer for various choral workshops and reading sessions around the world.
Sato is a licensed expert of MIDI from Association of Music Electronics Industry (AMEI), and has been involving in developments of many commercial and private orchestral sample libraries and music hardware/software. He is also a specialist in intellectual property management (administration) certified by the Japanese Government.
As a busy VO artist and producer, Sato's voice has represented companies such as Disney, Microsoft, American Express to name a few, heightening product and service experiences and educating users and customers.
Sato was born in Hamamatsu, Japan, a manufacturing city known for musical instruments. He received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting with Distinction and a Bachelor of Music in Media Writing from California State University, Northridge. In addition to his music degrees, he holds degree in Cinema from Santa Monica College.
Sato currently serves as the conductor of Meiji University Glee Club, and a lecturer at Shobi University and Shobi College of Music, teaching music composition, arrangement, recording and music technology and production. His past positions include a resident composer/assistant conductor of the Torrance Symphony (2005-2012), and a lecturer at Shobi College of Music (2011-2015).