The annual program, conducted by the Band and Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America, recognizes young artists ages 18 to 22 years in jazz, classical and contemporary genres. Buchanan and other YYPA winners each receive an all-expense-paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, which will take place in June as part of the Yamaha's Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University in Indiana, with workshops, clinics, performing opportunities and career advice.
Buchanan is currently studying violin performance at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian. A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, she has won a number of competitions, including the Washington, Stulberg, Stradivarius and Johansen International Competitions and the 2017 CSO Young Artist Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Cedille Records Emerging Artist Competition in Chicago, and most recently she was chosen to participate in the 2020 Menuhin Competition, which will take place in May in Richmond, Va. Buchanan has also performed at several summer festivals, including the Harpa International Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival as the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Award.
Below is a video made for the upcoming Menuhin Competition, featuring Buchanan talking about her upbringing and musical path:
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