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International Competition of Romantic Music 2011

Dedicated to Franz Liszt

American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2011 attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Italy, Poland, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and Costa Rica.

Dr. Sophya Genis was invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition. 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.

The Winners Recitals took place:

on November 12, 2011 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,

on November 26, 2011 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City,

on April 1, 2012 at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York City.

Best Performance of Liszt Award winners

Jingzi Linda Ruan, 13, lives in Surrey, BC, Canada. Born in Tokyo, Linda Ruan began learning the piano at the age of seven with Xie Jia in Shanghai, China after returning to the country. A year later, she immigrated to Canada with her family and continued her musical studies under the thoughtful directions of Professor Li Xiao. Linda has participated in many festivals and competitions which include the Kiwanis Festival, Fraser Valley International Kiwanis Festival, and the British Columbia Conservatory of Music Festival, just to name a few. Ms. Ruan has won numerous medals, scholarships and awards within these events. Beyond piano, Linda participates in various math contests and art competitions; she partakes in the school debate team. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading and running.

American Protege Competition Winner

Bryan Ho, 15, from Potomac, MD, began music study with Ms. DiWei Wu at age 7 and has been a student of Dr. Marjorie Lee since 2007. Bryan received 1st prize at many competitions that include the 32nd Ithaca College Piano Competition held in 2011, the 5th Gustavo Romero Competition, the Asian American Piano Competition, the 23rd International Young Artist Competition, 2010 MTNA Competition State level, and numerous local/regional competitions. A three time grand prize winner at the Old Dominion University Classical Piano Competition, Bryan was again awarded the 1st prize by Mr. Leon Fleisher in 2011. Bryan performs extensively in the Washington area, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Alden Theatre, the Hungarian Embassy, the Catholic University of America, and George Mason University.

 American Protege Competition Winner

Sitan Chen, 16 from Suwanee, Georgia, started playing piano at age 6, began studying under Janice Wong, and currently, under Dr. William Ransom at the Emory University School of Music. As a winner of 1st and 2nd prizes of prestigious competitions, Sitan has been invited on five separate occasions to perform at Carnegie Hall. Recently, he was chosen to perform as a soloist with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia and to take masterclasses at Moscow Conservatory, and earlier this year, as a result of winning the Georgia Music Educators Association Piano Concerto Competition, he performed as a soloist with the Georgia All-State Orchestra. Sitan, as a winner of the Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition, has also performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra. He has won multiple first prizes at the Georgia Music Teachers Association and the Georgia Music Educators Association state solo competitions. He has had masterclasses with Boris Slutsky, Young Ah-Tak, Eduard Zilberkant, and Maxim Mogilevsky, studied with Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia, Robert Roux, and Susan Starr, and studied with Boaz Sharon and Clara Jung-Yang Shin.

 American Protege Competition Winner

American Protégé Scholarship Award Winner, Carolina Ramirez Morales was born in Heredia, Costa Rica, in 1993. She began her piano lessons at her age of 8 at National University, and currently has an experience in recitals at the country and international levels. Carolina currently studies piano at the National University of Costa Rica. She has been presented in various events such as the Season Piano, organized in Costa Rica each year, and in a lot of theater in her country such as National Theater, Melico Salazar Theater, Mozart Theater, 1887 Theater, Eugene O. Neil Theater. And international levels, she performed at the Carnegie Hall, as invited guest by the Pinault School of Music Society, gala event organized by the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica and Theater at Half-Day, organized by the National Theater in her country. Last year, she won the first prize in American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. Carolina has been receiving lessons Ana Mar¡a Trenchi Bottazi, Bruno Bottazi, Victoria Mushkatkol and Clara Moniousko.

 American Protege Competition Winner

Gerard Aimontche was born in Moscow in 1991. Gerard studies music from the age of 6. At nine years old, he entered the best Russian special school for gifted children, the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Tatiana Sklioutovskaia. He also studied drums and percussion instruments under Andrey Gorbacev. Gerard is a prize winner of various International Piano competitions: 1st Prize at 7th Konzerteum International Piano Competition, Greece, 1st Prize (2001), 1st Prize at 7th Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition of Young, France (2004), 2nd Prize at 8th Maria Yudina International Competition of Young Pianists, Piano Duets and Chambers Ensembles, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (2005), Guzik Foundation Award, San Francisco (2009, USA), semi-finalist of Motreux Jazz Piano Competition (2010, Switzerland). He gave a series of solo recitals in Italy and numerous concerts in prestigious venues in Russia, Europe (Austria, Spain, Switzerland, France and Greece). Gerard has attended masterclasses of Nikolai Petrov and Pavel Nersessian. Now he is a student of Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of Prof. Sergey Dorensky.

 American Protege Competition Winner

 Scholarship Award winner

Nicolas Giacalone, 15, from New York, he has been studying piano for over nine years at The Bottazzi School of Music, under the direction of Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi and Dr. Bruno Bottazzi. In 2009 – 2011 Nicolas was awarded several highest prizes at the prestigious competitions. He has participated in numerous concerts including eleven performances at The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Nicolas has performed three times in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, in Lenox, Massachusetts. He has also participated in Master Classes with pianists Carol Montparker and Jeffery Biegel. Nicolas has performed four solo recitals and was invited to perform one at Steinway Hall in 2008. Nicolas is also studying the trumpet and drums at the Manhasset High School. He is a member of the School Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Drum Line and State Champion Marching Band. He is currently a junior teacher of piano with The Bottazzi School of Music.  American Protege Competition Winner

Best Performance Award Winner

 William Wong, 11, from New York, started to study piano at age 5 with Mr. Wei Chiu who completed the Masters degree at the Juilliard School. William has won 5 competitions this year and played 4 times at Carnegie Hall in 2011, including: New York 2011 Music Competition winners’ concert at Carnegie Hall, Nation Young Musician 2011 Competition winners’ concert, International Music Festival 2011 winners’ concert, and others. American Protege Competition Winner

American Protégé

International Competition of Romantic Music 2011 Winners

Young Musicians Category (age 5 to 9)
First Place Winners
Richard Gao, piano 8 Markham, ON, Canada
Student of Louise Luo    
Varvara Soyfer, piano 9 Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Claire Qing-Yi Liu, piano 9 Arcadia, CA
Student of Lily Chu Chen    
Second Place Winners
Sunny Kim, piano 7 Santa Rosa, CA
Student of Roxanne Michaelian    
Serin Isabelle Park, violin 7 Fort Lee, NJ
Student of Solim Shin    
Natalia Liviani Tandiono, piano 8 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Hendrata Prasetia    
Gloria Cai, piano 8 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Yu-Hua Gu    
Stephanie Ding Draughon, piano 8 Ashburn, VA
Student of Dr. Jun Yang    
Third Place Winners
Rio Mangini, piano 8 Sherman Oaks, CA
Student of Gayane Sahakyan and Prof. Grace Han    
Hilary Zen, piano 9 New York, NY
Student of Wei Chiu    
Junior Category (age 10 to 13)
First Place Winners
Stella Sanchez Shih, piano 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Tamara Sklioutovskaia    
William Wong, piano 11 Flushing, NY
Student of Wei Chiu    
Szuyu Su, piano 13 Tainan City, Taiwan
Student of Gwhyneth Chen    
Kaylah Paquette, voice 13 Aurora, ON, Canada
Student of Veronika Pressman    
Harrison Li, piano 13 South Huntington, NY
Student of Phillip Kawin    
Second Place Winners
James Sinigalliano, piano 10 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi    
Mykhaylo Pokras, piano 11 Kiev, Ukraine
Student of Svitlana Sukhomlinova    
Sarah R. Liu, piano 11 Arcadia, CA
Student of Lily Chu Chen    
Lorenzo Adamo, piano 11 Milano, Italy
Student of Katya Genghini    
Elise Zhao, piano 13 Hauppauge, NY
Student of Joanne Polk    
Jingzi Linda Ruan, piano 13 Surrey, BC, Canada
Student of Xiao Li    
Third Place Winners
Sebastian Barrientos Espeleta, piano 11 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Mariana Saenz, piano 12 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Pamela Beine, piano 13 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Honorable Mention
Sophie Saremsky, piano 10 Chappaqua, NY
Student of Chi-Wen Lee    
Bao-Anh Nguyen, piano 10 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Dr. Irena Kofman    
Sebastian Piedra Rodriguez, piano 13 Cartago, Costa Rica
Student of Tamara Sklioutovsky    
Matthew Kim, piano 13 Leesburg, VA
Student of Dr. Marjorie Lee    
Intermediate Category (age 14 to 17)
First Place Winners
Spencer Kim, cello 15 Piedmont, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh    
Clark Pang, cello 15 Orinda, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh    
Bryan Ho, piano 15 Potomac, MD
Student of Dr. Marjorie Lee    
Sitan Chen, piano 16 Suwanee, GA
Student of Dr. William Ransom    
Ryo Kono, piano 16 Mamaroneck, NY
Student of Martin Canin    
Roksana Kwasnikowska , violin 17 Koszalin, Poland
Student of Prof. Jan Stanienda    
Second Place Winners
Nicolas Giacalone, piano 15 Manhasset, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi    
Alan Yang, piano 15 Dresher, PA
Student of Susan Lou    
Lita Liviani Tandiono, piano 15 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Hendrata Prasetia    
Casey Costello, piano 15 Dedham, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova    
Third Place Winners
Hyeri Bae, piano 14 Suwanee, GA
Student of Frances Yao    
Nagima Karimova-Chaulet, piano 14 Paso Robles, CA
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Patrick Brandl Suarez, piano 15 Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Honorable Mention
Emmeline Yoo, piano 16 Wyckoff, NJ
Student of Theresa Kim    
Advanced Category (age 18 and older)
First Place Winners
Stephanie Popovits, violin 18 Harzelia, Israel
Student of Haim Taub    
Shotaro Matsumoto, piano 18 Montebello, CA
Student of Joel Clifft and    
Ms. Nobuyo Nshizaka    
Carolina Ramirez, piano 18 Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Michael Hansang Lee, Violin 18 Seoul, Korea
Student of Jungmi Kim    
Giuseppe Gil Cano, piano 19 Turrialba, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Hector Estuardo Hernandez Villatoro, piano 19 Guatemala
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Gerard Aimontche, piano 20 Moscow, Russia
Student of Sergey Porensky    
Mauricio Fernández Picado, piano 24 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Ludmilla Meltzer and Luis Monge    
Jane Kim, violin 28 New York, NY
Student of Todd Phillips    
Hye-ri Jang, cello 29 New York, NY
Student of Janos Starker    
Ar Ran Cho, piano 36 Daegu, Korea
Student of William Heiles    
Hue Jeong Jang, piano 37 Urbana, IK
Student of Ian Hobson    
Takeaki Miyamae, flute 45 Pittsburgh, PA
Second Place Winners
Valeria Delgado Camacho, piano 24 Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski    
Kristie Janczyk, piano 28 Dallas, TX
Student of Alfred Mouledous    
Marissa M. Rebadulla-Ramos, piano 36 Seattle, WA
Student of Peter Mack