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International Music Talent Competition Spring 2022

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is opened to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. American Protégé is looking for genuinely talented people, who have creativity and stage charisma.

We invite talented performers of any age and genre to participate in the Competition.

All applicants who are signed with the manager or producer must submit via email a General Representation and Release Form signed by the Manager/Producer to be eligible for the Competition.

Talented musicians applied for this Spring’s Music Talent Competition. They hailed from 12 countries, including different parts of the U.S., Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.


Winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

Star Performer Award, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.


Three qualified judges evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.

American Protégé

Music Talent Competition Spring 2022 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Austin Frantz

Austin Frantz lives in Salem, Virginia and started taking piano lessons in first grade around the age of six. Austin studies under Melia Garber, an American pianist with Romanian roots. Austin has loved playing piano for the church that his family attends and continues to play piano there to this day. The summer of 2021, Austin attended Interlochen Center for Arts Music Camp to focus on piano. He’s also attended UNC Greensboro Summer Music Camp in 2019. This summer, Austin will attend Brevard Summer Music Camp. Austin has participated in a few piano competitions in the past and is eager to compete in more. Austin’s love is playing classical music on piano. His goal is to make music as beautiful as possible by focusing on every detail, technically, musically, and from every other aspect.

Katherine Li began her musical journey when she was five years old. She took an interest in the violin and has been playing ever since then. Katherine currently studies with Ms. Jing Zeng. She is a sophomore at Desert Vista High School and a leading member of the Desert Vista Chamber Orchestra. Katherine has won the highest score in the AZ North Central Regional Orchestra auditions and top 5 in Arizona All-State Orchestra in both 20/21 & 21/22 school year. Katherine has won the 2019 American String Teacher Association Arizona Solo Competition and AZ Musicfest Young Musician Competition in 2021 and 2022, earning a Superior rating in both years (4th prize). Katherine has been invited to perform as soloist at the Music Instrument Museum (MIM) Young Musician Concert in 2022. She believes that music will be an inseparable part of her future. In addition to the violin, she also enjoys drawing, science, and mathematics on the side. She has scored in the top 1% on the American Math Competition 10 and was a former American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) qualifier.

Katherine Li, violin
Sophia Gu

Sophia Gu is now 5 years old and has entered kindergarten, CA. She began her piano online studies around 4 years old for one year during the pandemic shutdown. Then she shifted to do in person piano class. Sophia likes singing and golf, too. She passed with Merit for both of piano and singing in ABRSM grade one after 3 months in person class with teachers in 2021. She won 3rd place on Mozart Burleske in G Major in United States Open Music Competition 2022. Sophia loves dinosaurs. When she was 4 years old, one day, she had a dream with Dinosaurs. She drew the pictures of her dream, including the baby dinosaur hatch from egg, riding and flying with pterosaur, playing together in Dinosaur Park, etc. She wanted to compose her own music. Then she started to learn piano composition. It took around 1 year to finish her first composition “A Dream with Dinosaurs”.

Caden Chan is five years old and a native of San Francisco, CA. He started learning piano at the age of four during the pandemic with his piano teacher, Ms. Min Chao. Despite his entire piano learning experience being limited to online classes so far, he looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Apart from the piano, Caden also enjoys playing the ukulele, and he also loves composing his own music in his spare time.  He is currently in kindergarten, is an active soccer player, and has a green belt in Taekwondo. Caden was recently awarded first place in the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2022, the SF International Innovative Music Competition (Spring 2022), and the Great Composers Competition Best Performance Series 2022. He was also placed second in both the US International Open Music Competition 2022 and the American Music Talent Competition 2022.

Name Age City, state, Country
First Place Winners
Brigitte Xie, piano 4 Ridgefield, CT
Student of Felicia Feng Zhang
Caden Chan, piano 5 San Francisco, CA
Student of Min Chao
Juliette Leong, violin 5 Sparks, NV
Student of Danielle Charboneau
Sophia Gu, piano 5 San Jose, CA
Kaitlyn Han, piano 7 Keller, TX
Student of Anton Mordasov
Lainey Liang, piano 7 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao
Hannah Lin, piano 8 Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko
Rebecca Cheng, piano 8 Great Neck, NY
Student of Siyuan Zhou
Yuchu Chen, piano 8 San Jose, CA
Student of Olivia Zhang
Leonard Xu, piano 9 Cary, NC
Student of Alice Zhao and Florence Ko
Ming Mei Sun, guzheng 9 San Jose, CA
Student of Yuan, Siqi
Yunji Jeong, violin 10 North Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jenny Lim
Chanelle Zhang, violin 11 Bethpage, NY
Student of Julie Becker
Peyton Yang, piano 11 Cary, NC
Student of Olga Urick
Sean Hoover, piano 11 Arcadia, CA
Student of Yifu Yan
Zhien Jin, piano 11 Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Boram Choi and Goeun Lee
Caitlin Wang, violin 12 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin
Catherine Chen, flute 12 West Covina, CA
Student of Bolin Pan
Julia Perekhozhuk, violin 12 Westchester, IL
Student of Sang Mee Lee
Kevin Xiang, piano 12 Belmont, MA
Student of Jennifer Huang
Brandon Gao, violin 13 San Ramon, CA
Student of Amy Liu
Cynthia Huang, cello 13 La Jolla, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov
Ivan Chen, piano 13 New Hyde Park, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Max Yu, viola 13 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Sophie Arbuckle
Minghao Gu, piano 13 Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson
Nathan Ahn, violin 13 Houston, TX
Student of SungHee Park
Alvin Wang, viola 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin
Brandon Ha, cello 14 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
David Lin, violin 14 Redmond, WA
Student of Prof. Cristian Neacsu and Wu Yi Tsung
Elena Zhu, guzheng 14 Columbus, OH
Student of Joanna Li
Gregory Panossian, Armenian duduk 14 La Cañada, CA
Student of Tigran Avetisyan
Reina Hewes, piano 14 Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Dr. Deborah H. How
Celine Kim, viola 15 New York, NY
Student of Molly Carr
Diana Reig, piano 15 Springfield, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek
Estella Sky Keyoung, voice 15 Newport Beach, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin
Ethan Guan, piano 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Wenchun Ku
Hannah Biggins, cello 15 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin
Jayden Chen, cello 15 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Jason Dong, piano 15 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Jenny Shin
Michael Vu, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Michelle Lee
Minseo (Mina) Ryu, flute 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco
Aaron Hsi, violin 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of James Choi
Anabelle (Annie) Chang, cello 16 Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-jin Kim
Austin Frantz, piano 16 Salem, VA
Student of Melia Garber
Charlotte Lew, piano 16 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Student of Marina Alexander
Christian Yom, piano 16 Carmel, NY
Student of Margarita Nuller
David Xiao, violin 16 Weston, FL
Student of Huifang Chen
Donavan Quek, cello 16 Singapore
Student of Song Woon Teng
Harrison Park, cello 16 Henderson, NV
Student of Jeewoong Kim
Hayeon Kim, voice 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of Jennie Byun
Iris Lo, violin 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Ryan Chen
Jianing Xu, piano 16 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Yin Chen
Katherine Li, violin 16 Tempe, AZ
Student of Jing Zeng
Logan Yuan, piano 16 Avon, CT
Student of Pihsun Shih
Natasha Mar, piano 16 Poway, CA
Sarah Cho, piano 16 Silver Spring, MD
Student of Dr. JeongEun Park Kang
Selina Zhang, piano 16 Monterey Park , CA
Student of Anna Ching
Carolyn Pyun, violin 17 Saratoga, CA
Student of Tina Minn
Hyunjin Lee, violin 17 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Christina Khimm Rosand
Laura Mo, piano 17 Solon, OH
Student of Terry Moran
Martin Leung, piano 17 El Sobrante, CA
Student of Shu-Yi Pai
Olivia Hsu, violin 17 Castro Valley, CA
Student of James Choi
Tobia Tam, piano 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Myong-joo Lee
Kevin Li, voice 21 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Janna Baty
Ladislav Palkovic, piano 25 Kosice, Slovak Republic
Student of Ivan Gajan
Jeeyoun Kang, flute 30 Sunnyside, NY
Student of Judith Mendenhall
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Julia Mu, piano 10 East Amherst, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova
Chenlyvia Xiong, piano 10 East Amherst, NY
Student of Diana Kezersashvili
Piano Trio:
Hannah Lee, violin 15 San Diego, CA
Justin Wu, cello 17 San Diego, CA
Eric Ryu, piano 16 San Diego, CA
Students of Rebekah Yoon and Chohyun Park
Second Place Winners
Derrick JJ Yim, Piano 6 College Point, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Katherine Hibbs, piano 8 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Dr. Jo Anne Link and Dr. Joe Zins
Maximilian Lele, piano 8 New Canaan, CT
Student of Allie Aleke
Quynh Anh Tran Pham, piano 8 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh
Shera Li, piano 8 Newark, CA
Student of Chloe Xu
Victoria Wang, piano 8 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Doyoung Kwon, piano 9 Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Boram Choi and Goeun Lee
Justin Yang, piano 9 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Anastasia Voronenko, piano 10 Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Kaiya Murphy, violin 10 Maricopa, AZ
Student of Xiaolin Lee
Neel Perdue, piano 10 Ashburn, VA
Student of Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas
Ryan Wang, voice 10 Short Hills, NJ
Student of Henry Chen
Duke Greenman, violin 11 Las Vegas , NV
Student of Hye Lin Jung
Jisoo Park, violin 11 San Jose, CA
Student of Lucy Jang
Luke (Dohyun) Kim, violin 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Rosie Sung Kyong An
Thomas Medlin, piano 11 Saint James, NY
Student of Rowena Sanchez Arrieta
Victoria Chen, piano 11 Setauket, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta
Benjamin Slive, piano 12 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Tiffany Goff
Easton Rodgers, piano 12 Mountain View, CA
Julian Slive, piano 12 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Tiffany Goff
Lars Jimin Han, voice 12 Dublin , CA
Student of Jennie Byun
Luca Maddox-Diaz, piano 12 Edmond, OK
Student of Jennifer Song
Petra Mitrovic, piano 12 Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Prof. Nina Kostova
ShuTing Pan, flute 12 San Marino, CA
Student of Bolin Pan
Sofia Olson, piano 12 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Leonid Treer and Estibaliz Gastesi
Adrien Dai, piano 13 Great Neck, NY
Student of Maria Asteriadou
Emily Jia, piano 13 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Matthew Atticus Tan, viola 13 Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay
Mindy Truong, piano 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Michelle Lee
Yan Qi Ong, violin 13 Singapore
Yunah Jeong, violin 13 North Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jenny Lim
Abigail Ribakoff, voice 14 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Evelyn Edwards and Carol Tingle
Alyssa Kuang, piano 14 Spring, TX
Student of Yan Shen
Celine Lau, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn
Isabella Torrales, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee
Kailyn Song, cello 14 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Dahwi
Natchanun Siripong, Piano 14 Muang, Thailand
Student of Dr. Pornsiri Uthaicharoenpong
Rain Xu, piano 14 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Jie Lu
Sophia Lesokhin, violin 14 New York, NY
Student of Lynelle Smith
Yunie Shin, piano 14 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Amy Kwon
Calix Xia, piano 15 Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Emily Choi, piano 15 Los Angeles, CA
Hannah Biggins, piano 15 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin
Kyle Tianshi, piano 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin
Melissa Ho, piano 15 Beverly Hils, CA
Student of Wojciech Kocyan
Nicole Ge, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Wei Coglio
Andrew Yuan, voice 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Iari Melchor
Christian Kang, violin 16 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Johnny Nam and Tracey Kim
Elaine Pan, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung
Haejoo Chang, piano 16 Chino Hills, CA
Student of Jiwon Han
Pham Anh Minh Nguyen, piano 16 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan
Vivian Wang, piano 16 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Yiman Zhang, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee
Piers Rhee, piano 17 Winter Park, FL
Student of Ellen Betances and Yun-Ling Hsu
Shiqi Luo, flute 17 Arcadia, CA
Student of Bolin Pan
Varun Ganapathy, voice 17 Troy, MI
Student of Dr. Drake Dantzler and Carol Petty
Ziying Zhao, Guqin 26 College Station, TX
Student of Xiaozi Lu
Violin Duo:
Sienna Hwang, violin 13 New York, NY
Chloe Cho, violin 9 New York, NY
Students of Sofia Chung
Third Place Winners
Jamin Yoon, cello 8 Santa Monica, CA
Student of Youna Choi
Johnny Chen, piano 9 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung
Lisa Dai, piano 9 Katy, TX
Student of Yan Shen
Chloe Kang, violin 11 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Tracy Kim
Pham Minh Anh Nguyen, piano 11 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh
Rachelle Amelia Tan, violin 11 Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay
Shreya Rajeev, voice 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Bernadette Mondok Keller
Albert Wu, violin 13 Great Neck, NY
Student of Kurt Nikkanen
Elaine Liang, violin 14 Morganville, NJ
Student of William Law
Kaira Soin, sitar 14 Sammamish, WA
Student of Randy Hollinger
Eunseo (Dana) Ryu, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Jacklyn Kim
Vivian Davenport, piano 15 Thunder Bay, Canada
Student of Evelyn Davenport
Aryo Nabyzadeh, piano 16 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Chaz Fautch
Philip Orselli, tenor trombone 22 San Jose, CA
Honorable Mention
Isabella Ketkar, piano 7 Short Hills, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek
Aadil Memon, piano 11 Campbell, CA
Student of Jesse McMilin
Emma Zhang, cello 11 Sarasota, FL
Grace Luo, violin 11 Potomac, MD
Student of Karin Kelleher
Anthony Somers, violin 12 Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska
Hanna Saifzadeh, piano 13 Short Hills, NJ
Tara Saifzadeh, piano 13 Short Hills, NJ
Calvin Zhang, violin 15 Woodhaven, NY
Student of Joan Plana and Joseph Tamosaitis
Rachel Nam, violin 15 East Brunswick, NJ
Student of Sharon Cho
Alyssa Wu, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung
Henry Mruz, euphonium 16 Morristown, NJ
Student of David Gallagher and Rich Barrieres


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

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

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

6. 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.

7. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

8. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to take a risk to travel to NYC for the Recital, 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 Package pickup or request a shipment to the friends or relative 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.


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