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.

YYPA 2025 Coming Soon!


Name Instrument School
Andy Hankes Flute Eastman School of Music
Jeehoon Kim Oboe Colburn School
Bram Schenck Clarinet University of Southern California
Isaac Boone Saxophone Northwestern University
Riko Sasaki Saxophone Berklee College of Music
Dylan Johnson Trumpet California State University Long Beach
Nanami Haruta Trombone Michigan State University
Natalie Colegrove Euphonium University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Willem Jochems Drum Set Berklee College of Music
Michael Lee-Smith Percussion Eastman School of Music
Jiaxi Li Piano Eastman School of Music

2024 YYPA Honorable Mention

Name Instrument School
Caterina Manfrin Flute Temple University
Miles Wazni Clarinet Bard College Conservatory of Music
Daniel Cohen Saxophone The Juilliard School
Andrew Kim Trombone Michigan State University
Anton Kot Drum Set New York University
Bianca Ciubancan Violin Northside College Preparatory High School
Felix Kim Cello Eastman School of Music
Soohyun Lee Piano Indiana University