Dr. Patricio Molina has been named Yamaha Artist. With this distinction, he joins the ranks of some of the world’s greatest classical, jazz and contemporary pianists, including Richard Danielpour, Billy Childs and Elton John. He is the first Chilean-Syrian to become a Yamaha artist.
“I am proud and delighted to welcome Dr. Patricio Molina to the list of Yamaha Artists of Distinction. Dr. Molina has established himself as an innovative educator and an accomplished performing and recording artist. We look forward to supporting his activities and his unique musical journey in the years to come,” said Bonnie Barrett, director of Yamaha Artist Services New York.
Patricio began his career as a child prodigy in Chile and immigrated to Paterson, New Jersey at the age of thirteen to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship. He became the first-ever graduate of two doctorates at Rutgers University in 2019 and 2020, expanding his career into composition. He is also an award-winning arts educator.
“I appreciate that Yamaha is a democratic company, providing high quality instruments at all price points. Against the advice of my teacher, I practiced on a Yamaha P60 keyboard as it was the only quality instrument that my immigrant family could afford, and this instrument took me a long way. I got a full scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music and played with Lang Lang, while preparing on a Yamaha keyboard affordable. If you can afford it, a more expensive instrument from Yamaha is available; the quality is still there no matter what.” Dr. Patricio Molina, Yamaha Artist
Yamaha artists enjoy access to a network of artist services worldwide, including the provision of performance pianos, a recording studio and a piano lounge in midtown Manhattan. They are expected to help develop Yamaha products, serve on expert advisory boards, and represent the brand with performances and recordings.
Patricio is associate director of the Newark School of the Arts Conservatory and music director of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He is co-founder and president of the Notes for Growth foundation based in New York and Chile, which creates access to musical education for underprivileged children with an instrument donation program and supports the work of artists from of underrepresented groups. Learn more at www.patriciofmolina.com.
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