Adam Yarian
Bowie, MD
Updated 10/29/06

Adam Yarian is 20 years old and a junior at at the University of Southern California. At USC he is majoring in piano performance and studying both classical and jazz piano with Dr. Stewart Gordon and Dr. Dennis Thurmond respectively. He has been playing classical piano for 10 years, and ragtime for almost as long. Adam has been lucky enough to study under two remarkable classical teachers Dr. Gary Dinn of Fort Washington, Maryland and Professor Reynaldo Reyes at Towson University who have both always encouraged and aided Adam in his ragtime studies. Adam has competed in and won numerous classical and ragtime competitions, including the 1998 Maryland State Solo Competition, the 1999 Maryland State Concerto Competition, and was a three time winner of the Junior World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Competition in Decatur, Illinois (1998-2000). At the age of 15 
Adam began competing in the senior division of the Old Time Piano Playing Competition, and has won the coveted title “World Champion Old Time Piano Player” three years in a row, and is the youngest three-time champion in the history of the contest. In addition to competitive events, Adam has performed at the Scott Joplin Festival, the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and the Fox Jazz Festival. While most of Adam’s time is spent playing solo piano, he was also a member of the internationally recognized Capital Focus Traditional Jazz Band for six years. During that time he was afforded the opportunity to perform in New Orleans (at the French Quarter Jazz Festival), Newcastle England (at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival), and The Hague (at the North Sea Jazz Festival).

15614 Plumwood Ct., Bowie, MD, 20716
(240) 238-0714