Rina Yamazaki is a jazz piano player originally from Japan.
In June 2018, Rina entered the prestigious Ellis
Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition.
She was awarded Second Place and also received
the Nu Jazz Agency’s Chico & Lupe O’Farrill
Award for Best Original Composition. In January
2018, Rina recorded for the first time as a band
leader with Peter Washington (Bass) and Neal
Smith (Drums). The recording was featured on
WGBO in their Jazz Appreciation Month series.
Rina had the opportunity to tour in Europe, US
and Japan with highlights including the Bern Jazz
Festival with Ralph Peterson in Switzerland as
well as performances at Smalls and at Dizzy’s
Club Coca Cola in New York City.