Yolanda is an international prize-winning pianist and an extraordinary highly sought after collaborative pianist. A native of Xalapa, Mexico, Yolanda was a full-time collaborative pianist at the Institute of Music of Veracruz State. She has performed concertos with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and CSU Symphony orchestra and has participated as a collaborative pianist of the Veracruz State Youth Orchestra, CSU Symphony Orchestra, and CU Symphony Orchestra. Yolanda has performed at international chamber music festivals such as the Académie Musicale de Morges in Switzerland, Orvieto Musica in Italy, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Aguas Calientes Chamber Music Festival in Mexico, Bowdoin International Music Festival in the US, Toronto Creative Music Lab in Canada, and Festival Quito Cellos in Ecuador. Since 2017 she has been invited as a faculty and guest artists at the International Music Festival in Loja, Ecuador, and the Toronto Latin American Flute Festival.
She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2012-2014 and obtained an Academic Excellence grant awarded by the state of Veracruz in Mexico. She was a prize winner at the Chamber Music National Competition in Mexico City, first and second prize at the CSU concerto competition, winner of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and two-time finalist at the "María Clara Cullell" International Piano Competition, in San José, Costa Rica. She was a recipient of the Manuel M. Ponce award for best chamber music group at the Chamber Music Festival in Aguas Calientes, Mexico and a prize winner in the chamber music division of Kiwanis Festival in London, Canada.
Yolanda holds a DMA in collaborative piano from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, MM in piano performance/collaborative piano from Colorado State University, and BM in piano performance from the University of Veracruz. Between 2014-2015 she was mentored by Margaret McDonald, Alexandra Nguyen, and Mitsumi Moteki at the University of Colorado in Boulder.