Composer, pianist, organist, and music educator, Kento Stratford leads a diverse artistic practice throughout Toronto and beyond. As a composer, Kento’s works have been performed and commissioned throughout North America by a diverse range of artists and ensembles, including most recently: the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, the Choir of St. James Cathedral, the Odin String Quartet, Haven Trio, and theremenist Thorwald Jorgensen. His music has been heard at numerous festivals including the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, CAMPGROUND22, and Connecticut Summerfest.
Kento is also active as a performer, appearing regularly in recitals and concerts as a solo and collaborative pianist. Kento currently serves as music director at Graceview Presbyterian Church in Etobicoke, ON, where he can be heard playing the organ and conducting the choir every Sunday.
Both in his work as a musician and as an educator, Kento is passionate about making music useful. He places great emphasis on serving the community through art and strives to instil these same values in his students.
In teaching, Kento is committed to fostering a passion for music in his students, and engaging in meaningful discussions on the role of art in our daily lives.
Kento holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Composition from the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto.