Young Composers Bring Their Talent to the Stage at Yamaha National Junior Original Concert

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Chosen from 6,000 students, 14 young pianists perform their original compositions at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Madison and Riley Chan, Ritwik Jayaraman, Jonathan Hartanto, Alex Zhang, Ty Promreuk, Devin Lu, Megan Chang, Aadhitya Raam Ashok, Luke Hoang, Helen Yeong, Daria Nikolovski, Isabella Ko, Kaya Baird.

Fourteen exceptional young pianists, seven to 16 years of age took to the stage this weekend to perform their original compositions during the annual Yamaha National Junior Original Concert (NJOC), held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California.

Chosen from 6,000 Yamaha Music School students enrolled across the United States, these young performers were selected for the quality of their compositions and their playing ability. This year’s talented line up included:

Kaya Baird, 7, Irvine, California; Irvine Yamaha Music Center
Madison Chan and Riley Chan, 8, Toronto, Ontario; Yamaha Music School of Toronto
Isabella Ko, 8, Chino, California; Chino Hills Yamaha Music School
Ritwik Suresh Jayaraman, 10, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School
Daria Nikolovski, 10, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School
Helen Jungen Yeong, 10, Irvine, California; Irvine Music Center
Devin Lu, 11, Paramus, New Jersey; Bergen Yamaha Music School
Aadhitya Raam Ashok, 12, Paramus, New Jersey; Bergen Yamaha Music School
Jonathan Hartanto, 12, Paramus, New Jersey; Bergen Yamaha Music School
Luke Hoang, 14, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School
Ty Promreuk, 14, Chandler, Arizona; East Valley Yamaha Music School
Alex Zhang, 14, Lexington, Massachusetts; Yamaha Music School of Boston
Megan Chang, 16, Fullerton, California; Harmony Music World Institute

The JOC program has been an important part of the Yamaha Music Education System since 1972. 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.

One of this year’s NJOC participants, Luke Hoang, has been invited to perform in Japan at the International JOC. This provides him the opportunity to enrich the lives of people throughout the world and bring people together in a positive, rewarding way that celebrates the common bonds among nations.

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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