YYPAYamaha Young Performing Artists
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The 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend June 22-25, 2019, which will take place during the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, June 22-29, 2019.
The 2018 YYPA Winners include: Abby Easterling (flute, Grapevine, Texas), Sara Han (clarinet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Eder Rivera (oboe, San Pedro Sula, Honduras), Eric Nakanishi (saxophone, Pleasant Hill, California), Joseph Tkach (trumpet, Leander, Texas) Ian Kaufman (trombone, San Diego, California), Joshua Brown (violin, Gurnee, Illinois), Cole Davis (upright bass, New York, New York), Chin-Li Sophia Lo (percussion, Fremont, California), Carles Pereira (drum set, Barcelona, Spain) and Angie Zhang (piano, Princeton, New Jersey).
The 2018 YYPA winners join 300 musicians who have been recognized by the program over the past 30 years.
The 2016 YYPA Winners include: Hyerin Kim, flute, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Ivy Ringel, bassoon, Hillsborough, North Carolina; Justin Sales, saxophone, Mounds View, Minnesota; Henry Solomon, saxophone, Palo Alto, California; Federico Montes, Trumpet, Colombia; John Paul Powers, tuba, Clinton, Tennessee; Rebekah Ko, Marimba, Torrance, California; Wickliffe Simmons, cello, Atlanta, Georgia; and Paul Cornish, piano, Houston, Texas.
The 2015 YYPA Winners join the ranks of more than 200 former winners since the program's inception, many of whom have established successful music careers.
One of the 2014 YYPA Winners was flutist Annie Wu, of Pleasanton, California, who won the 2008 MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition.