Mao Soné is a professional trumpet player, pianist, and composer from Japan, who has strongly developed and identifiable style merging Japanese traditional sound and the other cultures, using jazz as a medium. He is known for his unorthodox approach to playing both the trumpet and the piano simultaneously.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mao became a local musician in his hometown, Nagareyama, at the age of nine. At Berklee College Of Music, where Mao completed master's and bachelor's degree, he studied with Tiger Okoshi, Sean Jones, and Hal Crook, as well as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Mao performed in major jazz festivals, such as Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and more. He performed with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, and more.
Mao has been awarded many accolades and honors, including first prize at International Trumpet Guild Improvisation Competition, being chosen as one of the 13 semi-finalists at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the first prize at "Keep An Eye" international jazz awards in Amsterdam as a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
I have done private lessons in Japan, Boston, New York, Panama, and Puerto Rico.
Providing lessons for trumpet basics, advanced trumpet skill for jazz improvisation, and special technique for jazz improvisation for any instruments.
Taught high school students in the high level of musicianship as an instructor for one of the ensemble classes, and for the brass masterclass at Newport Jazz Workshop in 2016.
The other instructors in the Newport Jazz Workshop were Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Yoron Israel, Marco Pignataro, Edmar Colon, Isaac Wilson, Seungho Jang, Anthony Fung and etc...