Oscar Yau

Trombonist Oscar Yau enjoys a diverse musical career as a performer and educator. He is an active freelancer in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic regularly. He has shared the stage with many great conductors and artists, including Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Williams, Steven Spielberg, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach, Sigur Rós, and Demi Lovato. At the age of 22, Yau won a position with the premier United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” an offer he declined to further his studies at the Colburn School. As an educator, he has years of experience teaching privately and in groups. His involvement in education includes coaching students at schools in the San Francisco Unified School District and giving lectures and educational concerts in the greater Los Angeles area.

Yau received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with James Miller. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he was a teaching fellow and studied with Mark Lawrence.

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Oscar Yau
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Music Styles:
Classical, Avant-garde, some jazz
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Instrument/Voice Types Taught:
Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trumpet, Tuba, Piano, Music Theory
6 - 80

M.M. – Colburn Conservatory of Music
B.A. – University of California, Los Angeles

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Lesson Rate:
$45 for 45 minutes; $60 for 60 minutes
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I believe everyone has the ability to play brass instrument at the highest level, if given the proper education along with some hard work. I can guide you to achieve your musical goals. Everyone's musical journey is different, so I tailor the lesson plans for my students so they can go at their own pace.

My students have found success in regional band auditions, Certificate of Merit and ABRSM exams, and school acceptances. As a 6th grader, one of my youngest students had performed in a high school musical with professional musicians and high schoolers.

I also offer one-off lessons for students in preparation for a concert, audition, competition, or any other special occasion.

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