Koyo Yanagishima is from Japan. He has studied at Momoko Ballet Studio in Toyoko, Japan and Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Koyo won first place at the All Japan Ballet Competition – NAGOYO in 2014, third place at YAGP Japan in 2014, first place at NBA All Japan Ballet Competition High School in 2015 and first place at All Japan Ballet Competition – NAGANO in 2015. Koyo recently won the gold medal at the highly competitive Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in NYC. Columbia Classical Ballet welcomes Koyo back for his second season.