Kentaro Machida

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Organist, conductor, and pianist, currently based in Oxford, UK

Kentaro Machida is currently the organ scholar at Merton College, Oxford, where he is also in his first year studying music. His musical career started at the age of 4, when he started learning the piano, quickly developing his keyboard skills; he soon progressed onto playing the French horn, and has since achieved Grade 8 distinction on the horn and an LTCL diploma on the piano. At Magdalen College School, Oxford, where he was both a music scholar and an all-round scholar, he took up the organ at the age of 14, and took up the post of principal school organist in 2015, which allowed him to develop his musical appreciation and technical skills to a further level during his school years. During his gap year, he served as organ scholar of Sherborne Abbey/School, and his scholarship at Sherborne allowed him to play regularly for the boys’ choir of the school and the regular abbey services, as well as teaching piano and assisting in the running of the school’s renowned music department. He has previously studied with Malcolm Pearce and Margaret Phillips. His musical interests also lie in conducting, both orchestral and choral, and in 2017, he took second place in the ‘Maestro’ event with Peter Stark at the Abingdon Music Festival and consequently took up the position of the student conductorship with the Oxford Studio Orchestra

Performance details
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Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Early music, Opera, Musical theatre, Renaissance
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Repetiteur, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent improviser
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Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£30
Up to 1 hour£100
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300