Yamaha Artists

Next to their world-renowned products, the next most
important asset to Yamaha are their artists. These professional musicians shine
across the spectrum of musical genres and their abilities are as unique and
vast as the Yamaha product line.

Louis Dowdeswell

“There’s nothing to equal the sheer exhilaration and intensity of making great music with friends. There’s a million ways to interpret the dots and I love the instinctive freedom of choosing my direction. ”

With over 15 million views online for his critically acclaimed Big Band, the pioneering trumpet player and producer Louis Dowdeswell is leading a resurgent interest in the genre. Hailing from the southwest of the UK and aged just 25, despite this international popularity, Louis remains at heart a hard-working gigging musician and in-demand session player and producer.

Louis has already performed and recorded with a stellar list of artists including Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Seal, Zac Brown and Alfie Boe and his TV credits include the X-Factor and the BBC's Children in Need.

Louis is an extremely versatile player and in is also in high demand in orchestral settings with credits that include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Orchestra and the English Session Orchestra in addition to many West End Musical credits.

To be able to perform at the highest level possible Louis Dowdeswell plays the Yamaha Commercial Trumpet YTR-6335RC and the Yamaha Custom Z YFH-6310Z flugelhorn.

Louis' Artist Insights
Michael Collins

At 16 Michael won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and at 22 made his American début at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Since then he has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Philadelphia, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra. Since his first performance at the BBC Proms, Collins has returned to the festival more often than any other wind soloist, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms.

As a chamber musician, Michael has a long standing relationship with Wigmore Hall. Michael celebrated his 60th Birthday in 2022 and has given commemorative concerts at Wigmore Hall and at Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Mozart Players.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2015, Michael Collins was awarded an MBE for his services to music.

Michael Collins plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.

Michael's Artist Insights
YolanDa Brown

"If I was a Super Hero, my super power would have to be music... Music has the power to break down walls, to unite, to heal, spread love and it allows you to dream again. Love always trumps hate and music is the conduit."

Double MOBO award winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. Her Debut Album, “April Showers May Flowers” was No1 on the Jazz Charts, her sophomore album released in 2017 “Love Politics War” also went to No1 in the UK Jazz charts.

YolanDa has toured with The Temptations, Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Billy Ocean and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance, Kelly Jones from Stereophonics and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

A broadcaster too – working across TV and radio, including her eponymous series for CBeebies, "YolanDa’s Band Jam", which won the Royal Television Society Awards as Best Children’s Programme. For the BBC Proms she hosted the Ella and Dizzy Centenary, as well as Last night of the Proms, Gospel Choir of the Year for BBC 1 and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year.

She co presents Loose Ends with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4, covers for Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 2 and presents her own show “YolanDa Brown on Saturday” on Jazz FM.

YolanDa plays the YTS-875EXB, YAS-82ZB and the YSS-875EX saxophones.

YolanDa's Artist Insights
Hakon Erlandsen

"Whatever story I want to tell with my music, I strive to physically experience it first... I am able to share my adventures through music."

Håkon got introduced to the saxophone at the age of 9, and chose his life to evolve around music. His passion and curiosity turned into a lifestyle and profession.

While studying at the conservatory he also established himself as an international talent on the instrument. At a young age he started to tour around the world and collaborate with the best musicians. He has been playing with names as Dominique Dipiazza, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Lionel Cordew, Gary Novak, among others.

Alongside with music, Håkon also started a professional career as an extreme endurance athlete, and combination made him rather unique. He now travels to every continent in the world and plays concerts at the top of the highest mountains. This has led to Håkon holding 2 world records, for the highest concert on earth and the coldest concert on earth.

Håkon plays a Yamaha YAS-62 Alto Saxophone.

Håkon' Artist Insights
Katrina Marzella

Katrina Marzella has been hailed as the leading baritone horn player of her generation. Her musical development owes much to the rich brass band heritage she encountered growing up in West Lothian, Scotland. Katrina now lives in Manchester and has played with many of the UK’s most accomplished bands. Retiring as solo baritone with Black Dyke Band in 2020 with the birth of her second child.

During her youth, Katrina won a myriad of competitions and titles, including five consecutive Scottish Schools Solo Championships and the inaugural BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the Year in 2004.

Katrina was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ title for her performance with Black Dyke at the 2014 European Brass Band Championships. She also became a Double Champion with Black Dyke when they won the 2014 British Open Championships and 2014 National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall.

Katrina is a Yamaha Artist and was delighted to be involved in the development of the Neo series baritone horn.

Katrina plays a YBH-831S.

Katrina's Artist Insights
Jeroen Berwaerts

Belgian trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts is a musical force to be reckoned with, whose all-embracing love of music knows no boundaries. Praised for his outstanding technical capabilities and sensitive musicality, his repertoire encompasses every epoch, from baroque to contemporary music and jazz.

Jeroen Berwaerts' open-mindedness and resplendent playing have brought him invitations to play at internationally acclaimed music festivals, including Ars Musica in Belgium, Takefu International Music Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival, as well as frequently at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival where in 2005 he performed the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's Voyage VII for trumpet and ensemble.

He has also performed as a soloist with many well-renowned orchestras including the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover and the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under conductors such as Alan Gilbert and Yakov Kreizberg.

Amidst his burgeoning trumpet career, Jeroen Berwaerts completed Jazz vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. He has developed several programs for trumpet and piano where he uniquely combines classical, jazz, trumpet and voice.

Jeroen plays a Yamaha YTR-8335S Custom Xeno Trumpet.

Jeroen's Artist Insights