Vonette Yanaginuma (Harp)


Vonette has been filmed and recorded in six different Disney movies. Vonette was filmed and recorded with violinist Itzak Perlman, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, John Hatton, Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Raymond Joseph Teller, Penn Jilette and Steve Martin in the Disney movie "Fantasia 2000." She was also filmed and recorded in the Disney movie "The Princess Diaries" with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway.


Her television appearances include PBS, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Nightwatch with Charlie Rose and "Murphy Brown" with Candice Bergen. She was also filmed and recorded in "The Parkers" with Monique in the episode My Two Dads for composer Kurt Farquhar and producer Ralph Farquhar.

Tours and Recordings

Vonette is featured on recordings by Nelly Furtado, Seal, Outlawz, Argentine artist Miguel Mateos, Michael Sembello, Michael Zentner and Japanese composer and producer Toshi Hinata. She recorded with Daisuke Hinata on the soundtrack of the Japanese mini-series The Long Vacation. Her solo harp CD sold out on Amazon and is heard regularly on radio, cable television and Dish via Music Choice. She toured with "The New Christy Minstrels," Solomon Burke and has performed as a soloist in 60 different countries.

Radio & Live Performance

Her live radio performances and interviews include KCSB and KTYD in Santa Barbara. She has performed with Reggie Young, trombonist for "Earth, Wind and Fire," Robby Robinson, keyboardist and music director for Frankie Valli, Connie Francis, Ben Vereen, Tim Messina (saxophonist and music director for The Brian Setzer Orchestra), John "Spazz" Hatton (bass in the Brian Setzer Orchestra) and Christopher Colangelo, bass player for Doc Severinsen and Yusef Latef.

Vonette performs regularly with her husband, guitarist and recording engineer, Bud Rizzo, guitarist for "The Jacksons" and "Sergio Mendes."

Her celebrity clients include Bobby Caldwell, Jeff and Beau Bridges, Magic Johnson, Denzel Washington, Rob Lowe, Vanna White, Larry King, Sally Struthers, Marion Ross from Happy Days, Susan Olsen from The Brady Bunch, Julie Andrews and Alan Ladd Jr.

She has also performed for Ringo Starr, James Brown, Willie Nelson, cellist Mstislave Rostropovich, Artie Shaw, Dave Koz, Brenda Russell, Marilyn Scott, lyricist Don Black and composers Aaron Copeland, Hal David and Barry De Vorzon.


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