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 Allâ„¢ 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.

Apply for the 2015 YYPA Competition

2014 Winners
YYPA 2014 Winners
Name Hometown Instrument
Annie Wu Pleasanton, CA Flute
Katsuya Yuasa San Jose, CA Clarinet
Alexa Tarantino West Hartford, CT Jazz Saxophone
Stuart Mack Washington, IL Jazz Trumpet
Seong Jin "Ray" Han Interlochen, MI Horn
Michael Swiren Maple Glen, PA Tuba
Jacob Chapman New York, NY Jazz Vibraphone
Mariko Shimasaki Springfield, OH Violin
Muhammad Ade Irawan Los Angeles, CA Jazz Piano
Honorable Mention
Hyerin Kim Cherry Hill, NJ Flute
Graeme Steele Johnson Austin, TX Clarinet
Kelsey Maiorano Boca Raton, FL Oboe
Calvin Wong Iowa City, IA Saxophone
Evan Walsh San Diego, CA Trumpet
Valerie Ankeney Dayton, OH Horn
Aaron Ottmar Cedar Falls, IA Percussion
Susie Koh Anderson, IN Violin
Kevin Ahfat New York, NY Piano


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