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Makoto Ozone

Makoto Ozone closes the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Season with Leonard Slatkin

24 May 2019

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Makoto Ozone returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to close their Classical Series with three concerts on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019. Together with Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin, Ozone joins the orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The programme also features the world premiere of Oil & Water by Juliet Palmer (a winner of the orchestra's Elaine Lebenbom Award for Female Composers) and Bartók Concerto for Orchestra.

Ahead of his concerts in Orchestra Hall, Ozone is joined by drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Yasushi Nakamura for a performance at the Cube in Detroit on 5 June. Together they perform numbers from Ozone’s recent trio album, Dimensions, which was released by Universal Music in 2017.

June also sees the 15th anniversary of the formation of Ozone’s big band, No Name Horses. Ozone and his band celebrate the landmark with four concerts at the Blue Note Tokyo from 14 June, their first visit to the venue in four years.

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Makoto Ozone debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Lahav Shani

07 March 2019

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Makoto Ozone returns to Paris on 21 March 2019 to make his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Ozone joins the orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which he performs again later this season with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is conducted by Lahav Shani, who opens the evening at the piano performing Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No.1 alongside violinist Jean-Philippe Kuzma and cellist Catherine de Vençay, both members of the orchestra. He closes the concert with Strauss Don Quixote, which features soloist Edgar Moreau.

The concert will be broadcast live on France Musique – click here for more details.

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Intermusica announces signing of Makoto Ozone, as part of imagine portfolio

07 February 2019

We have great pleasure in announcing the signing for worldwide management (excluding Japan) of the remarkable Japanese pianist and composer, Makoto Ozone. A unique force in both jazz and classical music, Makoto will join Intermusica’s imagine portfolio.

Makoto’s stellar career in jazz, which has earned him a Grammy nomination, has brought him regularly to the forefront of the international jazz scene, recording and touring with musicians such as Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, and many others. In 2004, he formed his own big band in Japan, No Name Horses which has regularly toured to Europe, North America and Asia since its creation.

In recent years, Makoto has expanded into classical repertoire, alongside his jazz engagements. Having first performed Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue in 1996, he now performs concertos by Mozart, Bernstein, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov with major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert, who he has performed and recorded Rhapsody in Blue and The Age of Anxiety with. He has collaborated with a prestigious list of conductors including Marin Alsop, François-Xavier Roth, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Lahav Shani and orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie, São Paulo Symphony, as well as many orchestras in Japan, such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra. Alongside his performing schedule, Makoto composes music, with over 300 pieces to his name, many for No Name Horses, as well as a symphony and piano concerto. Future dates in the 2018/19 season include Makoto’s debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Lahav Shani and Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Makoto has an extensive discography, releasing over 30 albums under his name and as a composer in solo, duo and trio settings, as well as collaborating on many others. He has received a number of awards commending his work, including the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon (2017) by the Government of Japan.

Stephen Lumsden, Chief Executive of Intermusica, says:
"It has been a long-held and personal wish for us to work with a leading jazz artist. From the moment I first heard Makoto, it was clear that he is a truly unique voice who does not just “cross over” from jazz to classical but who performs at the highest level using his special musical insights from one genre to the other. We are thrilled to be developing his activities in both areas and believe that he offers a very special collaborative and imaginative approach to music-making which transcends normal boundaries.”

Makoto Ozone says:
"I feel so blessed and confident to become a new member of the Intermusica family. I know that I am in the best place to make another giant step forward into a beautiful musical world without borders. I can’t go wrong when the management share the same vision as me. I, together with Stephen, Kate and all the wonderful creators at Intermusica, will bring you 'Joy of Life', without the wall between genres of music. Yes, miracles do happen!"

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