Yuri Inoo

Artist Teacher, Percussion
Conservatory of Music


B.M., San Francisco State University
M.M., D.M.A., University of Southern California


A native of Kanagawa, Japan, Dr. Yuri Inoo is musician and educator in the Los Angeles area. She has studied percussion under David Rosenthal at San Francisco State University, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating summa cum laude, and receiving the Most Outstanding Senior Award. 

Yuri has received her Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Southern California, studying under Erik Forrester, minoring in Music Education, Instrumental Conducting, and Music Industry. 

She has performed and collaborated with artist such as Yo Yo Ma, John Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Steve Reich, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen, Paul Chihara, Evelyn Glennie, and members of NEXUS. An advocate for new music, she held the teaching assistant for USC’s award-winning Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Donald Crockett, where she has performed Micro-Concerto written by Steven Mackey. 

Yuri is currently the Principal Percussionist with the Redlands Symphony in Redlands, California, and an active freelancer with other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles in Southern California. 

Yuri is passionate about teaching as much as playing percussion. With over fifteen years of experience teaching all levels and all ages, she holds a very active teaching career, both privately and in groups. She currently holds teaching positions at Occidental College, University of Redlands, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Paul Revere Middle School. She has been invited as guest clinician, give master classes, and to play at faculty recitals at Pomona College, California State University Fullerton, University of Redlands, California State Polytechnic University, Youngstown State University, University of Akron, and Kent State University in Ohio.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Applied Percussion