About Makoto Ozone

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Pianist Makoto Ozone taught himself to play the organ while very young, made his first television appearance at six, began performing regularly on Osaka Mainichi Broadcasting, and, after attending an Oscar Peterson concert at 12, turned his attention toward jazz piano. He moved to the United States in 1980 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and graduated at the top of his class in 1983 — the same year he gave a solo recital at Carnegie Hall and became the first Japanese musician to sign an exclusive contract with CBS. He has recently explored classical repertoire with conductors including Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, Thomas Zehetmair, Joseph Swensen, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Arie van Beek, Francois-Xavier Roth, Tadaaki Otaka, Eiji Oue, and Michiyoshi Inoue. He has played Gershwin, Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

80 years Tobei. Graduated from Berklee College of Music 83 years Boston, a jazz album, arrangement Department of summa cum laude. The same year to open a solo recital at Carnegie Hall, signed a rice CBS and the first Japanese record exclusive contract, all the world debut album "OZONE". At the same time join a group of Gary Burton, the start of a world tour. I would like to offer the song to Barton et al variety of musicians from around this time. In duo work with the 03-year Barton "Vachuoshi" (Concord), it is first nominated for the 45th Annual Grammy Awards. ​

He has worked with numerous other jazz artists including Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Christian McBride, Dave Weckl, and Mike Stern. He is a regular guest of classical music festivals including the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron in France and La Folle Journée in Nantes and Japan. Makoto Ozone made his New York Philharmonic debut in February 2014 on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, in Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama, and was immediately engaged to reprise the work with them in New York that April. The same year he made a jazz arrangement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Jeunehomme, for Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, with which he performed the World Premiere. He also appeared with NDR Radiophilharmonie, San Francisco Symphony, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. He also toured Japan with his big band, No Name Horses, and celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new recording.

awards
2000 35th Kinokuniya theater award individual award
2003 "Vachuoshi" 45th Annual Grammy Awards "Best Classical Crossover Album" nominations
2003 Awarded "honorary doctorate" from his alma mater Berklee College of Music
2005 Kobe City Culture Award
2007 32nd Fumio Nanri Prize
2009 Hyogo Prefecture Culture Award
2009 "Road to Chopin" is certified as official album than Chopin Institute
2010 17th Yomiuri Theater Award for Best Staff Award
2010 Frederic Chopin Passport award
2014 64th Art Encouragement of Education, Culture, Sports, Science Minister's Prize