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
Alejandro Lombo Flute Curtis Institute of Music
Freya Spence Clarinet Manhattan School of Music
Bhavani Kotha Oboe DePaul University
Eric Zheng Saxophone Northwestern University
Cade Gotthardt Trumpet California State University, Long Beach
Dave Mosko Jazz Trombone Rutgers University
Connor Rowe Classical Trombone The Colburn School
Austin Keck Percussion Eastman School of Music
Samuel Vargas Violin Columbus State University
Xinzhu Ma Classical Piano University of Michigan
Will Kjeer Jazz Piano California Institute of the Arts

2019 YYPA Honorable Mention

Name Instrument School
Martin Bernstein Flute Harvard University
Arin Sarkissian Flute Rice University
Rico Jones Saxophone Manhattan School of Music
Tyler Moore Trumpet Baylor University
Stephanie Fritz Horn Rutgers University
Maya Stepansky Drum Set Princeton University