Yamaha Young Performing Artists



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The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners of this competition will be invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands, national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha Artist, including services and communication with Yamaha's Artist Relations department.


2016 Winners
YYPA 2015 Winners
Name Hometown Instrument
Hyerin Kim Cherry Hill, NJ Flute
Ivy Ringel Hillsborough, NC Bassoon
Justin Sales Mounds View, MN Saxophone
Henry Solomon Palo Alto, CA Saxophone
Federico Montes Colombia, South America Trumpet
John Paul Powers Clinton, TN Tuba
Rebekah Ko Torrance, CA Marimba
Wickliffe Simmons Atlanta, GA Cello
Paul Cornish Houston, TX Piano
Honorable Mention
Jennifer Minsoo Jo Pleasanton, CA Flute
He Zhang Malden, MA Clarinet
Ryan Toher Oberlin, OH Clarinet
Steven Banks Evanston, IL Saxophone
Ana Nelson Ripon, WI Saxophone
Jonathan Dely New York, NY Trumpet
Steven Osborne Smyrna, GA Trombone
Ari Evan New York, NY Cello
Nick Bolchoz Lexington, KY Percussion
Willie Barthel Gahanna, OH Drumset
Adam Zsolt Szokolay Annandale-On-Hudson, NY Piano


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