CSU Student Wins National Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Eder Rivera, a Columbus State University senior majoring in music performance, was recently selected as a winner of the 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition. Rivera, a oboe player originally from Honduras, is one of only 11 musicians selected nationwide to earn the distinction in 2018.

“I’m glad to say that CSU prepared me for the competition through a highly competitive music program at the Schwob School of Music,” said Rivera. “Thanks to my world class professor, Dr. Susan Tommiewicz, I was able to prepare a very challenging repertoire that put me into the 2018 winner’s list of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition. I feel honored to represent CSU and the Schwob School of Music among the best music schools in the U.S. in such a prestigious competition.”

Rivera began his musical studies at the age of 13 at the Victoriano Lopez Music School in Honduras. There, he performed at the International Music Festival Concierto de Maestros with members of the Munich Philharmonic. Rivera has also performed in various masterclasses with Erin Hannigan, Dr. Giovanetti, Elizabeth Tiscione, Dr. Vigneau and Dr. Eurdice Alvarez, and in 2016, Rivera was chosen to perform in Kathryn Greenbank’s masterclass at the International Double Reed Society at the Schwob School of Music. Rivera has won many international prizes including first place in the Texas Double Reed Society Oboe Young Artist Competition 2016 and a bronze medal at the Jovenes Solistas competition in Honduras. He was named the state winner and regional honorable mention with Music Teachers National Association, and named one of the best young musicians of his generation in Honduras at the Musica para la Juventud.

Rivera and the other 2018 YYPA winners each receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, which will take place during the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, to be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from June 25-30, 2018. There, the winners will attend workshops and clinics designed to help them launch a professional career, garner media exposure via the Internet and perform in front of thousands with international trumpet soloist and long-time Yamaha Performing Artist, Allen Vizzutti. The concert will be memorialized with a professional recording and photography, and winners will enjoy many other privileges, including services and support from Yamaha Artist Relations.

Rivera joins a pantheon of 300 talented musicians who have been previously recognized, including Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Aaron Parks, acclaimed jazz pianist; Jasmine Choi, international flute soloist; Matt Prendergast, principal percussionist for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; and Carol Jantsch, Yamaha Performing Artist and principal tubist for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The annual program honors emerging 18- to 22-year-old artists for their extraordinary talents in jazz, classical and contemporary genres, and is conducted by the Band and Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer.

“For 30 years, the YYPA program has been a significant opportunity for young musicians who are embarking on a career as a professional musician, and one of the most visible ways that Yamaha offers unrivaled support for music education,” said John Wittmann, director of education and artist relations, Yamaha. “We are pleased to honor Eder at this early phase of his development as an artist and watch as he builds upon the YYPA legacy to lead a promising future.”