Mao S. is a professional trumpet player, a pianist, a composer, and an educator from Japan, who has extensive experiences of performing in the international and the domestic scene. Mao has the vast knowledge in music, and his ability to cross musical boundaries allows him to merge jazz, Japanese traditional music, world music, latin music, and classical music to create his identified style.
Mao holds the master of music degree from Berklee College Of Music, where he studied with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tiger Okoshi, Sean Jones, and Hal Crook.
As an educator, Mao S. has various experiences to work with many ages of any levels of students. Not only he has done many private lessons but also he taught children in preschool to early grades at Fedu Jazz in the Dominican Republic, and Danilo Perez Foundation in Panama, as a part of the ambassador of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He taught an ensemble class and brass instrument class at the Newport Jazz Camp 2016, organized by prestigious Berklee College Of Music, and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mao became a local musician in his hometown, Nagareyama, at the age of nine. Mao received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA in 2010. 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.
He performed in major jazz festivals, such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and more.
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...