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.

YYPA 2018 - Coming Soon

2017 Winners
Name Instrument School


Victor Hernandez Ramirez   Flute Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

He Zhang Clarinet The Boston Conservatory

Harbin, China

Hannah Hickman Classical Saxophone University of Minnesota, School of Music

Sheldon, IA

Howard Dietz Jazz Saxophone University of North Texas, College of Music

Morgan Hill, CA

Michelle Hembree Horn University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

Boise, ID

Altin Sencalar Jazz Trombone University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music

Temple, TX

Cameron Leach Concert Percussion University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music

Hilliard, OH

Stephen Morris Jazz Drum Set University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music

Aliso Viejo, CA.

Derek Louie Cello Juilliard Pre-College / Professional Children’s School

New York, NY

Nathan Ben-Yehuda Classical Piano The Juilliard School

Los Angeles, CA

Honorable Mention
Name Instrument School


Randy Fultz Bassoon University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music

Rochester, NY

Kei Matsumaru Saxophone Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA

Dylan Rye Trumpet James Madison University, School of Music

Fairfax, VA

Tanner Jackson Trombone University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music

Rochester, NY

Man Ling Bai Piano California State University, Fullerton, School of Music   

Fullerton, CA


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