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Makoto Ozone

Makoto Ozone

Makoto Ozone

*25 III 1961 Kobe

He became interested in jazz pianism at the age of 12, after listening to a concert by Oscar Peterson. In 1980, he moved to the US, where he studied composition and jazz arrangement at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Three years later, he graduated with the highest grades and gave a solo recital at Carnegie Hall, and he was the first Japanese musician to sign an exclusive contract with CBS. In 1983, he began working with Gary Burton’s quartet. He has performed with such renowned artists as Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Christian McBride, Dave Weckl and Mike Stern. In 2004, he founded the ‘No Name Horses’ big band in Japan, with which he has toured France, Austria, the UK, the US, Singapore and Japan. In recent years, he has added classical music to his repertoire, working with leading conductors and orchestras. He has performed concertos by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. He has appeared at ‘Chopin and his Europe’ three times before (2006, 2007, 2010). On the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth, he released Road to Chopin (2010). He has toured Japan with Christian McBride and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts (2012), with Gary Burton (2013), and also as part of the ‘Acoustic’ project with Chick Corea and the NHK Symphony Orchestra (cond. Tadaaki Otaka, 2016). He has also performed in Asia with the New York Philharmonic (cond. Alan Gilbert), playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (2014). He has arranged a jazz version of Mozart’s ‘Jeunehomme’ Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 271 for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared in the world’s greatest musical centres and is a frequent guest of such festivals as La Roque d’Anthéron and La Folle Journée (France and Japan). For Universal, he has recorded Virtuosi (2002, Grammy nomination) and Time Thread (2013), in duet with Gary Burton, as well as Live & Let Live – Love for Japan (2011, in aid of tsunami victims in Japan) and Haiku (2011, with Anna Maria Jopek).


 

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