Yosuke Riley Chatmaleerat

Yosuke began playing the piano at age 10. He moved to the UK alone a year after to pursue musical studies with Russian pianist Marina Korneva. At age 14, he completed secondary school, and was admitted to the world renowned Royal College of Music (RCM) in London as its youngest student. Yosuke earned his Bachelor of Music degree in 2010 studying with Prof. Ruth Nye MBE, subsequently Master of Music degree in 2012 studying with Prof. Niel Immelman.

Upon his final graduation, he was inspired by the London Olympics and decided to take up competitive gymnastics full-time. At age 23, as one of the latest starting gymnasts in the world, he was taken under the wing of team-USA Olympic coach Yin Alvarez; coach and father of Danell Leyva, the London 2012 All-Around Olympic Bronze medalist.

In 2021, as well as being admitted as a member of Thailand National Gymnastics Team, specialising in the Horizontal Bar, Yosuke won the Chopin prize at the Pianohouse International Piano Competition. He received scholarships to study with its artistic director Adam Gyorgy, and was invited to play at Carnegie Weill Hall in 2022. Making his return to classical piano, Yosuke is preparing to compete in both piano and gymnastics in 2022.

Yosuke is a professional helicopter and airplane pilot as well as flight instructor. He is a current Guinness world record title holder for the Fastest Solo Helicopter Flight through 48 US contiguous states, and belongs to the 0.3% of US pilot pool who holds the ATPL for both airplane and helicopter; the highest level pilot certification. Yosuke is also a former Theravadin Buddhist monk, and was ordained at Mahatthat Royal temple in Bangkok, Thailand.

You can find Yosuke’s 2021 International Piano Competition performance here.