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Mao Soné

Mao Soné is a multi-award-winning trumpeter, a pianist, and a composer based in Tokyo. He recently appears, as in the leading role, on the Kevin Hæfelin's film, TRUMPET, which has received awards from internationally recognized film festivals, including the Best Short Audience Award at the 42nd Max Ophüls Preis, the Best Short Comedy Award and Ambassador Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Audience Award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Now, Mao mainly works on his music with his acoustic trio, his electric quartet "Brightness of the Lives", which will release the new CD album in January 2022,

Mao received a full scholarship at Berklee College Of Music in 2010. At Berklee, he studied with Tiger Okoshi and Danilo Perez. After years, he became a part of the Global Jazz Institute and completed his master’s degree with summa cum laude. He performed at Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and corroborated with internationally recognized artists, such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and John Patitucci. In 2017, he led his group to perform at NYC Blue Note and Blues Alley in Washington DC. In 2018, he recorded and released his debut album for Pony Canyon Jazz. In 2021 he finally appeared on the stage of Blue Note Tokyo with his “Brightness of the Lives”.

He has been awarded accolades and honors: the 1st prize at International Trumpet Guild Improvisation Competition, being chosen as the semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, receiving Nagareyama City - Culture and Distinguished Services Prize, and the 1st prize at "Keep An Eye" international jazz awards.


・1st prize at International Trumpet Guild “Jazz Improvisation Competition” in 2014 ・Semifinalist at the International Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2014 ・Nagareyama City - Culture Prize and Distinguished Services Prize in 2015 ・1st prize at Keep An Eye International Jazz Award in 2016 ・FILM “TRUMPET” Best Short & Ambassador Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2020 ・FILM “TRUMPET” shortlisted at BAFTA in 2020 ・FILM “TRUMPET” Best Short at Japan Connects Hollywood Film Festival in 2020 ・FILM “TRUMPET” Best Audience Short Award at FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS in 2021 ・FILM “TRUMPET” Best Audience Short Award at Short Short Film Festival & Asia in 2021


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曽根麻央 ●国際トランペット連盟(ITG)コンペティション・ジャズ部門1位 ●国際セロニアス・モンク・ジャズ・コンペティション セミファイナリスト(2014年) ●国際Keep An Eyeジャズ・アワード1位(2016年) ●ボストン、バークリー音楽大学修士号を首席で修了(2016年卒) ●ニューポート・ジャズ・ワークショップ2016で金管楽器、アンサンブルの講師を務めた。 ●現在は個人レッスンや正木彩生ミュージック・スクールなどで指導に当たる。

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