Percussionist Yuri Yamashita has worked across a wide variety of musical and artistic forms in North America, South America, Europe,and Asia. In 2011, Yuri appeared as a soloist to play percussion concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Edo de Waart. Most recently, she was thrilled to perform with the British iconic band Duran Duran for Trident’s See What Unfolds Live in New York City. Yuri has been working closely with the composer Tan Dun performing with the orchestras throughout the world such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Munich Philharmonic, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Santa Fe Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Yuri has played with many new music groups including Asphalt Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, VisionIntoArt, Newspeak, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, collaborating with numerous composers. On Broadway, Yuri frequently appears playing the balcony percussion part at The Lion King. Other Broadway credits include Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, and Spamalot. In addition to playing percussion, Yuri has a passion for singing Brazilian music: as a singer-percussionist, she enjoys performing combining the beauty of its language and the richness of Brazilian rhythms. A native of Kobe, Japan, Yuri graduated from The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, and Kobe College.