Mao Soné is a professional trumpet player, pianist, composer, educator from Japan currently living in New York City, who has strongly developed an identifiable style merging Japanese traditional sounds 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, 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 completed the master degree in contemporary performance in 2016.
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. In 2017, he led his group to perform at New York Blue Note and Blues Alley (Washington DC).
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.