Masako is a Japanese-born pianist and composer with extensive training in classical music and jazz. She now lives in the Northeastern USA.Most of her compositions have been inspired by nature. She hopes that her love of nature and eco-consciousness are reflected in her sound, and that her music could help in some way to protect our beautiful planet.

Since her first album, “MASAKO,” she has been working with Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton. Every one of her albums either won an award or was nominated for awards. Her sixth album, “Wanderlust,” was released in June, 2021.

Her latest album, “Call of the Mountains: Ascent” was released in January, 2023.

You can read our review of this album here.

Masako started taking piano lessons at the age of four, and already started to compose tunes when she was five years old. She had the privilege of being a student of Ms. Yuko Yamaoka, a legendary piano teacher who was a judge for the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, and a vibrant and brilliant performer in her own right.

Ms. Yamaoka had a unique style in training her disciples. Sometimes she would have the student stand by the piano and express through body movement what the piece is about, even before actually starting on a new piece. Her belief was that you need to first internalize the music with your whole being and live it so you will play from within, not just with your fingers.

Masako prefers listening to musicians with a truly distinctive voice regardless of music genre. Besides New Age genre, she listens to Clare Fischer, Steely Dan, and a couple of R & B artists including Earth, Wind and Fire, and King year round.

Masako understands the solo piano genre, in terms of music history, to be one of the instrumental versions of singer-songwriters. While keeping the heritage of the solo piano genre, she wants to keep exploring to find new world of beauty.

“Call of the Mountains: Ascent” by Masako.







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“Some of the very finest work I’ve heard in my career… Performances of such quality that are so rare as to be nearly mythical…” — Will Ackerman, Grammy-winning guitarist, producer, founder of Windham Hill Records

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