Mao Sone 曽根麻央
Mao Soné is a professional trumpet player, pianist, composer, vocalist from Japan currently living in New York City, who has strongly developed an identifiable style merging Japanese traditional sounds and 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. In 2010, He was granted a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, Mao studied with Tiger Okoshi, Sean Jones, and Hal Crook, as well as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano at the Global Jazz Institute. 
He shared the stages with Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Tiger Okoshi and more. He performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and more. He completed his master's degree in 2016. In 2017, he led his band to perform at Blues Alley(Washington DC) and New York Blue Note. 


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, Nagareyama City - Culture Prize and Distinguished Services Prize, and the first prize at "Keep An Eye" international jazz awards in Amsterdam as a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. 

Awards

Keep An Eye International Jazz Awards:
1st Prize - 2016

Nagareyama City - Culture Prize and Distinguished Services Prize
2015

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition:
Semi-Finalist - 2014  

International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Jazz Improvisation Competition:
1st Prize - 2014

Toshiko Akiyoshi Award
Jazz Composition Department, Berklee College Of Music
2013

Clark Terry Award
Brass Department, Berklee College Of Music
2013

Clark Terry Award
Brass Department, Berklee College Of Music 
2012

Berklee Award - Hokkaido Groove Camp 
2008
The picture is from when Mao won the 1st prize at the International Trumpet Guild Competition. with his mentor, Tiger Okoshi. 

Some of Performance Experiences

with Mao Sone Quartet
Blues Alley in Washington DC                                                                                                             April 15-17, 2017
Blue Note (New York)                                                                                                                                       April 23, 2017

with Mao Sone Quartet: Brightness Of The Lives
Blues Alley in Washington DC                                                                                                                         April 1, 2014
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC                                                            Mar 23, 2014

With Tiger Okoshi
Blues Alley in Wahington DC                                                                                                            April 15 & 16, 2017
    
with the Global Jazz Ambassadors
The Newport Jazz Festival with Danilo Perez and John Patitucci                                             July 29, 2016
Bimhuis in Amsterdam with The Global Jazz Ambassadors                                                        April 14, 2016
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival                                                                                       Nov 11 and 12, 2015
The Monterey Jazz Festival with The Global Jazz Ambassadors                                Sep 11 and 12, 2015
Kennedy Center in Washington DC with The Global Jazz Ambassadors                            April 25, 2015
Global Jazz Summit in Berklee Performance Center in Boston                                                  Mar 31, 2015
The International Panama Percussion Festival                                                                     Aug 28 - Sep 1, 2014
The Newport Jazz Festival with David Sanchez                                                                                   Aug 13, 2014
Blue Note (New York) with Miguel Zenon                                                                                             April 14, 2014
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain with D. Perez                                             Mar 7, 2014
The Monterey Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano                                                                                          Sep 21, 2013
Dizzy’s Jazz At The Lincoln Center                                                                                                                Sep 16, 2013

with Anthony Fung Quintet
The Toronto Jazz Festival                                                                                                                                      Jun 29, 2014
The Montreal Jazz Festival                                                                                                                                     July 5, 2014
Regatta Bar in Boston                                                                                                                                                 Sep 9, 2014
Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA                                                                                                                   Mar 19, 2014