Colburn Artists

Colburn Artists is a unique in-house management program for Colburn students on the cusp of professional careers. Created in order to provide guidance and support during the critical transition from the conservatory environment to a performance career, the Colburn Artists program is designed to prepare students to work with industry leaders and artist managers. In a supportive atmosphere linked closely with their individual performance studies, they receive personalized career advice and training, including guidance on building relationships with presenters, orchestras, and world-class musicians; developing repertoire; interview preparation; and creating a polished image and online presence.


Meet the Artists

Ray Ushikubo, Violin and Piano

Known for his “disciplined focus and clarity… and marvelous dynamic nuance” (Arts Knoxville), Ray Ushikubo is a twenty-one-year-old Japanese-American pianist and violinist who has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Ushikubo made his orchestral debut at age ten with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra in Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside conductor Teddy Abrams. A recipient of the prestigious Davidson Fellow Laureate Award in 2014, Ushikubo was named a Young Steinway Artist and won the 2017 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the 2016 Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ushikubo was featured as a Young Artist-in-Residence of the national radio broadcast Performance Today with host Fred Child and he has been featured on NPR’s From the Top where he was named a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist.

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Ryota Yamazaki, Piano

Japanese pianist Ryota Yamazaki is emerging as one of this generation’s finest musicians, both sensitive and commanding at the keyboard. A recent third prize and junior jury prize winner of the 64th Busoni International Piano Competition, Yamazaki’s prowess and “his flawless technique produced some fine pianistic fireworks” (Cleveland Classical). Yamazaki has performed with orchestras all over the world, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with conductor Jahja Ling and the Cleveland Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Chikara Iwamoto and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and again with Takeshi Oi and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Joseph Stepec and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Daiki Omori and the Virtuoso Youth Orchestra, among others.

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Elias Peter Brown, Conductor

Elias Peter Brown works as a conductor, composer, improviser, and curator, seeking to create meaningful spaces for listening in and out of the concert hall. Described as a conductor with ‘infectious panache,” (Classical Source) and whose “gestures are immediately strong and gentle,” (Klasika Plus), Elias is emerging as one of the most promising talents on the podium.

This season, Brown serves as Salonen Fellow in the Negaunee Conducting Program at Colburn Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony, where he will assist Esa-Pekka Salonen internationally, including engagements with the Orchestra de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colburn Orchestra, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Additionally, he will lead members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, conduct a concert of contemporary works with the Zafraan and New Babylon Ensembles on tour, outreach concerts with the Zipper Orchestra, and a performance of concerti with the Colburn Orchestra.

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Aleksandra Melaniuk, Conductor

Polish conductor Aleksandra Melaniuk is one of the leading young conductors of her generation. She has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra as a semi-finalist of the 17th Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and is one of the winners of the 2023 Das Kritische Orchester, led by Forum Dirigieren. Raised between Warsaw and Edinburgh, Melaniuk is currently a Britten-Pears Young Artist for the 2023–24 season and a Salonen Fellow in the Negaunee Conducting Program at Colburn Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony, where she will assist Esa-Pekka Salonen internationally.

Despite her young age, Melaniuk has already conducted numerous orchestras in Europe, including the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Moravska Filharmonie Olomouc, Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra or the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre in Poznan. She made her professional debut with the Silesian Philharmonic in their ‘For the Young’ concert series.

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Quartet Integra

Described as having “an enormous wealth of colors… and sparkling rhythms,” (All News Press), Quartet Integra are quickly developing a reputation of international prestige. In 2022, the Quartet won Second Prize and the coveted Audience Award at the 2022 ARD International Music Competition, First Prize at the 2021 Bartók World Competition, and First Prize and the Prize of Beethoven and Grand Prix Award at the 2019 Akiyoshidai Music Competition. Upcoming performances include over twenty performances throughout Japan including the Kanazawa, Hukuyama and Takefu International Festivals and at venues such as Tokyo Opera City, Toppan Hall, and Suntory Hall, among others. Additionally, they have performances planned as part of the Discovery Series at the La Jolla Music Society, the California Club in Los Angeles and Thayer and Zipper Halls at the С槼ֱ.

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The Sonarsix wind sextet was founded at the С槼ֱ in Los Angeles in 2022. The ensemble, comprised of flutist Martha Chan, oboist Eder Rivera Acosta, clarinetist Victor Diaz Guerra, bassoonist Chirstopher Chung, hornist Elizabeth Linares Montero, and pianist Bogang Hwang, cover in total six nationalities and nine spoken languages. A mere months after its founding, the sextet was a Bronze Medalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Members of Sonarsix have performed concerti with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, and the Colburn Orchestra, among others. Individually, they’ve appeared at the Verbier, Pacific, Lucerne, and Marlboro Music Festivals, as well as Music from Angel Fire, and the Seoul National University International Chamber Music Festival.

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Colburn Artists Alumni

  • James Baik, Cello (2022–2024) |
  • , Conductor (2019-2023) | ,
  • , Conductor (2021-2023) |
  • , Piano (2020-2023) Soloist and Recording Artist
  • , Violin (2019–2022) | 
  • (2018–2021) |
  • Faktura Piano Trio (2017–2019)
  • , Piano (2017–2019) |
  • , Violin (2015–2018) | 
  • , Violin (2014–2017) | 
  • , Violin (2012–2015) | 
  • (2012–2014) | 
  • , Clarinet (2012–2014) | Principal Clarinet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • , Violin (2012–2013) | Soloist and Recording Artist

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Want to Learn More?


To find out how to be a part of the Colburn Artists program, speak with your applied faculty.

External Parties

For further information about the Colburn Artists program and to inquire about artist availability, please contact Nick Gianopoulos at ngianopoulos@colburnschool.edu.