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International Competition of Romantic Music 2021

The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music is open to instrumentalists (piano, piano duo, winds, strings, chamber orchestras, voice) of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. Multiple winners will be chosen in each age category.


Since the situation with COVID-19 Global Health Crisis is still uncertain, winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2023, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

Special prizes for best performances may be awarded based on the judges’ recommendations.


Four qualified judges will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season.

Dr. Sophya Genis is invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition 2021. A graduate of the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music, Mrs. Genis holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree. She studied piano with such renowned professors as Alexander Yoheles, Yakov Milstein and Yakov Zak.

How to Apply

To apply for the Competition participants must submit:

1. A completed online Application Form.

2. YouTube (or other video sharing sites) link to the video recordings of their performance.

3. Biography of the applicant in MS Word format (not to exceed 150 words). Include past participation in competitions, festivals and other public events. Portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the Competition brochure printing. Examples could be found in the Recital Booklet Sample – click here.

4. Biography and photo to be e-mailed to

5. Application fee.

Mailing Address

Mail the Application Fee to: American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128

For express shipping services: American Protege, Attn: Irina Ionova, 245 East 93rd Street, #22E, New York, NY 10128.

Application Deadline

The application packages acceptance will be closed by the end of the day on October 10, 2021 (application materials must be in the American Protégé office).

Application Fee

Application Fee for Solo performers – $200.
Application Fee for Ensemble Member is $150 per Member.
Application Fees are not refundable.
U.S. participants should make a check or money order payable to American Protégé and mail it to American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128.
International participants may use:

– Certified bank check or international money order payable to American Protégé. International participants must use express shipping services and provide the tracking number.

– PayPal payment option below. Additional fee will be added to cover PayPal service charge.

By clicking on “Pay Now” button you will be re-directed to PayPal

Solo Performers Ensemble Member (Duo, Trio)

International Competition of Romantic Music Rules

1. Age category and time limit for the application video recording of the first piece:

Category Age Recital Performance Time limit
Young Musicians 5 – 10 5 minutes
Junior 11 – 14 6 minutes
Intermediate 15 – 18 6 minutes
Amateur 19 and up 6 minutes
College Students and Professional Musicians 18 and up 7 minutes

Second piece from the Romantic Period (no time limit) can be accepted with $50 additional fee.

Extra performance time up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with $100 additional fee.

2. Repertoire requirements:

  • Compositions from late Beethoven to Rachmaninoff dated in the period of 1815-1910 may be chosen for the audition.
  • First (required) piece will be included into the Recital program if the participant is selected as a winner.
  • Only original pieces will be accepted for pianists, no shortened versions.
  • Only one piece could be performed at the Winners Recital. Set of different works is not acceptable for the Winners Recital.

3. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable).

4. Recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant’s abilities, but need not be of professional quality. Applicant’s name and exact title of the audition piece must be included in the description of the video on YouTube (Vimeo, etc.).

5. Judges’ comments will not be disclosed. Judges’ decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

6. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.

7. Contestants must perform from memory. No repeats. Music for ensembles does not have to be memorized.

8. No changes to biographical information are allowed after the application is submitted.

9. Winners will be notified about the Competition results via email.

10. Winners’ Certificates will be granted to performing winners only, after the Winners Recital.

11. Winners who choose not to participate in the Winners Recital for any reason will be disqualified.

12. Competition results will be published on the American Protégé web-site on November 10, 2021.

13. In addition to the Competition Rules, American Protégé General Policy provisions apply to all applicants and winners. Please read carefully American Protégé Policy before applying to the Competition.

Winners Recital Information

1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. Only ONE piece from the audition repertoire within a time limit will be performed at the Winners Recital.

3. To change a performance repertoire (including the shortened version of the piece for string performers), a $55 fee must be submitted on the Contact Us page no later than two months prior to the Recital.

4. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

5. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.

6. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protégé does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one after enrollment into the program.

7. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.

8. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to travel to NYC for the safety reasons, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a shipment to the friends or relatives residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

9. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

10. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.