Young Composers Showcase Talent at Yamaha National Junior Original Concert

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Twelve Exceptional Young Pianists Ages 8 to 16 Perform Original Pieces

L to R: Annika Hill, Megan Chang, Alexander Hurvitz, Kevin Tang, Kyle Tam, Kylie Shea Smith, Aadhitya Raam Ashok, Ty Promreuk, Zoe Kraus, Kohana Baird, Ethan Li, Abigail Shih, and Michael Middlezong.

Yamaha presented 12 exceptional young pianists ages 8 to 16 years old who performed their original compositions at the annual Yamaha National Junior Original Concert (NJOC), held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California.

The NJOC offers students of the Yamaha Music Education System the opportunity to unlock their full musical potential by composing original pieces and performing them in front of enthusiastic audiences.

Chosen from 6,100 Yamaha Music School students enrolled across the country, these performers were selected for the quality of their composition and their playing ability.

The performers at this year’s NJOC included:

Kylie Shea Smith, 11, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School

Ty Promreuk, 14, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School

Megan Chang, 15, Fullerton, California; Harmony Music World Institute

Alexander Hurvitz, 13, Fullerton, California; Harmony Music World Institute

Kevin Tang, 14, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School

Michael Middlezong, 8, Paramus, New Jersey; Bergen Yamaha Music School

Annika Hill, 16, Poughkeepsie, New York; Paul Effman Music School

Zoe Kraus, 11, Appleton, Wisconsin; Heid Music

Kohana Baird, 9, Irvine, California; Irvine Yamaha Music Center

Aadhitya Raam Ashok, 11, Paramus, New Jersey; Bergen Yamaha Music School

Abigail Shih, 9, Irvine, California; Irvine Yamaha Music Center

Kyle Tam, 14, Toronto, Ontario; Yamaha Music School of Toronto

The Yamaha Music Education System is based in music schools and musical instrument dealers in 40 countries worldwide. In the United States, more than 60 schools nationwide are authorized to teach the Yamaha method. Since its inception in 1954, more than six million students have graduated from the program and many of them have become professional musicians. Currently, almost 600,000 students are enrolled around the globe.

The Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo produces, publishes and distributes music education materials throughout the world. The comprehensive system developed by Yamaha helps students reach a high level of ability not only as performers, but also as improvisers and composers.     

To learn more about the Yamaha National Junior Original Concert, visit


About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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