The Yamaha Young Performing Artists, a program dedicated to recognizing young rising musicians and offering them career guidance, has announced its 2019 winners. Eleven winners were chosen from a worldwide pool, including violinist Samuel Vargas from Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela.

Each year hundreds of applicants between the ages of 18 and 22 are nominated by a musical mentor. The applicants then submit recordings, which are evaluated by a panel of Yamaha artists and renowned musicians.

The 2019 celebration, which took place June 22-25, included “workshops designed to support the aspiring musicians’ personal development and career goals.” The applicants worked closely with Yamaha staff members and guest artists to set goals, hone interview skills and take a more serious look at their career trajectory.


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“My time at the YYPA Celebration Weekend was the perfect space and environment for me to launch my professional career. I feel inspired and energized to prioritize my creative vision, while maintaining a practical and sustainable career,” Cade Gotthardt, 2019 YYPA trumpet winner, says.

The weekend ended with a celebration concert on June 24, which featured the YYPA winners in concert with Yamaha Featured Artist Anders Astrand.

To apply for the 2020 Yamaha Performing Artist Competition, visit https://yamaha.io/2JTh8qL.

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