Yamaha Young Performing Artists


Welcome to the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Website!

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.


Name Instrument School
Abby Easterling Flute University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Eder Rivera Oboe Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music
Sara Han Clarinet Curtis Institute of Music
Eric Nakanishi Saxophone Berklee College of Music
Joseph Tkach Trumpet Baylor University
Ian Kaufman Trombone Temple University
Chin-Li Sophia Lo Marimba Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
Carles Pereira Drum Set Berklee College of Music
Joshua Brown Violin Music Institute of Chicago Academy
Cole Davis Upright Bass Manhattan School of Music
Angie Zhang Piano The Juilliard School

2018 YYPA Honorable Mention

Name Instrument School
Adam Sadberry Flute University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Juan Esteban Martinez Clarinet Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
Julian Velasco Saxophone Michigan State University
Nathan See Saxophone Berklee College of Music
Natalie Dungey Trumpet University of California Los Angeles
Jordan Dinkins French Horn Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
Brandon Cazden Tuba Manhattan School of Music
Max Marsillo Drum Set Capital University
Jacob Warren Upright Bass University of Michigan
Guobi Liu Piano University of Kansas
Max Holm Piano Berklee College of Music