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Keiko Abe

Keiko Abe

Keiko Abe is known for an international marimba player and a great composer in modern marimba world. She has performed in more than 60 countries with prominent orchestras, percussion groups and Jazz artists beyond genres.

Steve Falk

Steve Falk

“I am most grateful to have had the opportunity to live in Japan for several years and am privileged to have studied with master classical marimbist and composer Keiko Abe. Yamaha’s careful attention to every detail of design and workmanship is apparent across their entire range of beautiful and inspirational musical instruments.”

David Friedman

David Friedman

David Friedman, internationally renowned vibraphonist, marimbist, composer and jazz educator, has his own musical message, born of fascinatingly diverse musical influences. Few jazz musicians can claim as broad a spectrum of performing and recording experience, with such varied musical personalities as Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Berio, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Yoko Ono. The list doesn`t stop there. Friedman has been heard either live or on recordings with, among others, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Carter and John Scofield. His compositions are featured on Chet Baker`s award winning Enja release, Peace, with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers. Friedman is also the featured soloist on this recording.

Don Liuzzi

Don Liuzzi

Don Liuzzi was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and completed high school at the Franklin Learning Center in Philadelphia. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Music degree from Temple University. Before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Liuzzi was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony percussion section from 1982 to 1989.

James Mack

James Mack

I Play Yamaha Orchestral Instruments 'cause they're the best!! And can stand up to the vigorous life on the road of doing 8 shows a week!!

Mike Mainieri

Mike Mainieri

Born on July 24, 1938, in the Bronx, New York, Mike Mainieri started to learn vibraphone from the age of 12 and made his professional debut at the age of 14. After performing as a member of the Buddy Rich Band, he served as a pioneer in the New York style fusion movement as a band leader of legendary groups, including White Elephant, L'Image, STEPS and STEPS AHEAD together with Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker and other artists in 1970s.

Isao Nakamura

Isao Nakamura

Isao Nakamura has taught at the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1994-2006), Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Seminar and Festival in Japan (1991-1998) and is Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe since 1992.

Speak Percussion

Speak Percussion

"The only reason I play Yamaha percussion is because their instruments are the best." Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director, Speak Percussion)

Larry Reese

Larry Reese

"The NZSO spends a tremendous amount of time touring and recording. Consequently I require instruments that are robust, resonant and extremely versatile. But above all, I need an instrument that allows me to have a pure musical voice, full of tone and power. Yamaha timpani have given me that voice for over 25 years."

Franz Schindlbeck

Franz Schindlbeck

Born in 1967 in Mallersdorf, Mr. Schindlbeck began drumming at age five. After serving as principal percussionist at the Mannheim Nationaltheater, he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992. While mastering classical percussion, he is also actively performing as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group and appears at numerous jazz festivals.

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