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International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2014

American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition is designed for solo performers and ensembles of all ages, nationalities and countries, who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition 2014 was open for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Piccolo, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Flugel, Tuba and other woodwinds and brass instuments. Participants are required to submit video or audio recording materials for the audition.


We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category:   Age:
Young musicians  5 – 9
 Junior  10 – 13
 Intermediate 14 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older 
 College students and professionals 18 and older 


First Place Winners performed on April 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

$330 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2014 Results

Judges Distinction Awards (Trophies) Winners:

Seraphin Maurice Lutz,16, plays the clarinet and the piano from the age of four. In the field of clarinet he has won several awards since 2008 both in Germany and on international scale too. In 2008 he won the first prize in the “First International Competition for Young Instrumentalists” in Markneukirchen and the first prize in the international competition “Glass Harp”. He also played at the concert of prize winners, which was broadcasted by Bavarian Radio. In 2012 in 2013 he won the 1st prize at German-wide contest “Youth Plays” with the highest possible score. “German Foundation Musical Life” (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben) awarded him a special prize for his outstanding performance. In the year of 2014 he was awarded the 2nd prize in the “International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga” (EMCY) which was followed by a concert of laureates accompanied by the Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Rudolfinum Prague. Furthermore, he has performed several times as a soloist with orchestras such as the Hofer Symphony Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum in Nurenberg.  Seraphin Maurice Lutz
Adrian Falco, 17, from Friendswood, Texas, has been the first chair saxophone in the Friendswood High School Band for the last three years. He started learning saxophone in sixth grade. Adrian has received many regional and Texas music awards. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Adrian was awarded first place in region for alto saxophone by the Texas Music Educators’ Association. In 2013 and 2014, Adrian won first place in the area competition for alto saxophone. In 2013 and 2014 he auditioned and earned a place as a Texas All-State Musician for saxophone in the largest high school division (5A), and has ranked in the top ten high school alto saxophonists in Texas.     In 2014, he was one of the top three soloists in the Houston Underground saxophone concerto competition. Adrian has also performed as the first saxophonist in Friendswood High School musicals and at many Texas state and regional concerts.
Koranut Kaprasit, 17, young clarinetist from Thialand. He has played Clarinet since 2006 with only 9 years of age while he was studying at Assumption College Thonburi. Koranut has performed with Rangsit Yamaha Wind Orchestra, Principal Clarinetist of Assumption College Thonburi Youth Orchestra, Saint-Gabriel Foundation Orchestra in Celebration concert for King of Thailand conducted by Bundit Ungrangsee. Koranut also was attended in Masterclass with Sergio Bosi at “2014 International Clarinet Festival il mondo del Clarinetto 8th edition at Todi (Italy)” including workshop in this festival and also Clarinet workshop in Thailand. Koranut also had opportunity to worked with Jan Van der Roost, composer and guest conductor of Rangsit Yamaha Wind Orchestra, Vanich Potavanich, Bundit Ungrangsee, Manaschai Bunchung, music director in the bigest musical concert in Thailand that was performed by high school students at Prince Mahidol Hall, the bigest standard music hall in Thailand, etc.     Now Koranut is studying in Italy at under AFS Intercutural programs at Italy.   Koranut Kaprasit
John Hallberg, a native of Southern California, is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He also holds degrees from the University of Iowa and California State University, Long Beach. John is currently on faculty at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles as a Saxophone Teaching Artist. As an active performer and participant in national and international music conferences and competitions, John has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, and across the United States. Most recently, he was 1 of 11 Americans (out of 110 candidates total) selected from around the world to travel to Dinant, Belgium, to compete in the 6th International Adolphe Sax Saxophone Competition and Symposium. His primary instructors include Dr. Douglas Masek, Dr. Kenneth Tse, and James Barrera. He also received additional instruction from Dr. Eugene Rousseau and Dr. Thomas Liley.

American Protégé

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2014


First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Marina Orlova, flute 9 Moscow, Russia
Student of Evgenia Karitskaya    
Brian Yang, clarinet 9 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Lily Chang    
James Taumer, clarinet 10 Chicago, IL
Student of Thomas Coleman    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Peyton Chen, Oboe 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang    
Brandon  Bartholomeusz, alto saxophone 14 Adelaide, Australia
Student of Damien Hurn    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Jessica Shand, flute 15 Colorado Springs, CO
Student of Brook Ferguson    
Seraphin Lutz, clarinet 16 Bamberg/Stegaurach, Germany
Student of Ulf Rodenhäuser    
Adrian  Falco, alto saxophone 17 Friendswood, TX
Student of Dan Gelok    
Koranut Kaprasit, clarinet 17 Thailand/Italy
Student of Tanakrit Duangkongmonsri    
and Phuket Areesamarn    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Nijat Masimov, balaban 18 Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Ilham Najafov    
Jiwon Han, flute 19 Huntington, NY
Student of Min Hee Kim    
Minkyoung  Kim, flute 19 Huntington, NY
Student of Min Hee Kim    
John Hallberg, saxophone 26 Tustin, CA
Anateur Category:
Emily Beckman, flute 22 Sault Sainte Marie, MI
Student of Sharon Sparrow    
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Spencer Rubin, oboe 10 Woodbury, NY
Student of Valerie Sulzinski    
Nana Goliadze, flute 11 Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Meri Zhvania and Marine Iakobishvili    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
William Wang, flute 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Elizabeth Chang    
Fernando Ragazzini, flute 12 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Student of Daniel Colo    
Michael Chaniago, clarinet 12 Jakarta, Indonesia
Student of Adi Atmadja    
Angela Scates, oboe 13 Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Student of Sarah Kennedy    
Jeremy Xi, clarinet 14 Baltimore, MD
Student of Lily Chang    
Nikita Zhuang, clarinet 14 Perth, Australia
Student of Peter Sunman    
Xinran Li, oboe 14 Beijing, China
Student of Christine Wang    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
David Winograd, tenor saxophone 15 Morganville, NJ
Student of Lillian Sakowski     
Jason Chang, clarinet 15 Walnut, CA
Student of Chris Stoutenborough    
Rebecca Park, flute 15 Colorado Springs, CO
Student of Nancy Andrew    
Janis Jin, french horn 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Stephanie Stetson     
Jessica Chen, flute 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Jill Heinke    
Sara Han, clarinet 16 Interlochen, MI
Student of Emil Khudyev    
Sydney Lusby, clarinet 17 Grapevine , TX
Student of Emil Khudyev    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Sarah Tran, flute 23 Fort Worth, TX
Student of Jean Larson-Garver    
Tomasz Zymla, bass clarinet 28 Prudnik, Poland
Anateur Category:
Meredith Barker, french horn 26 Houston, TX
Raul Delgado, saxophone 29 Barcelona, Spain

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation.