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/College Currently Attending
Hunter O'Brien Flute New England Conservatory
Alec Chai Oboe Yale University
Amer Hasan Clarinet Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Salvador Flores Saxophone University of Michigan
Rico Jones Saxophone Manhattan School of Music
Jason Donnelly Euphonium University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Euan Leslie Drum Set Berklee College of Music
Ashley Ridenour Percussion University of North Texas
Xizhu Liang Piano Mannes School of Music
Joe Conticello Piano William Paterson University
Maya Anjali Buchanan Violin Curtis Institute of Music

2020 YYPA Honorable Mention

Name Instrument School/College Currently Attending
Leonardo De La Cruz Oboe Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Javier Morales-Martinez Clarinet University of Southern California
Noah Mendoza Trumpet Virginia Commonwealth University
Greg Stevens Euphonium University of North Texas
Noel Holloway Percussion University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Alexander "Sasha" Yakub Violin Harvard University
Maya Keren Piano Princeton University