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Welcome to American Protégé Music Competitions

American Protégé is designed for young musicians, actors and singers on the path to a successful career. We invite all talented youth to demonstrate their potential during American Protégé 2019-2020 Season. The season’s program is in full progress offering a number of music competitions, including new ones, where the participants will have an opportunity to showcase their unique talents.

The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2018, Summer Gala Concert at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, International Piano and Strings Competition 2019, International Concerto Competition 2019, Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2019, International Vocal Competition 2019 and International Music Talent Competition Spring 2019  were a great success with a total of 36 Winners Concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium. We continue to grow and in 2018-2019 our Competitions attracted the largest number of very competitive applicants on record. They hail from every corner of the world including various parts of the U.S. and 56 other countries: Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize, Anguilla, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Summer Gala Concert at Stern Auditorium on June 14, 2020

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©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

American Protégé is the only music competition which offers an unprecedented opportunity for all instrumentalists, singers, and ensembles alike, to escalate the scope of their talents to new heights. Winners of the American Protégé Summer Gala Concert at Stern will be offered to perform at the world’s most illustrious music venue: the 2,800-seat Isaac Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

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Little Big Shots –Tyson Venegas (Episode Highlight):

12 years old Elias Tyson Venegas, a winner of the American Protege International Music Talent Competition and Vocal Competition  performed at Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots Show on NBC.

Christian Li, becomes youngest winner of prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Competition:

Ten-year-old violinist Christian Li becomes the youngest winner of one of the world’s most prestigious international violin competitions, the Menuhin Competition. In 2017, he won first prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and was also selected to perform at Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium in NY in the American Protege Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert.

American Protege Competition Winner, Daniel Colaner, in the ABC NEWS (November 26, 2017):

ABC News TV Channel made a clip about one of the American Protege Competitions Winner, Daniel Colaner, a boy with a amazing life story. A 12-year-old cancer survivor who learned piano as a young child while battling his disease unlocked a talent and passion that paved the way for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Ryan Wang, 5-year old Canadian pianist, a Scholarship Award Winner of the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2013 and 2014 – on The Ellen Show Full Interview.

American Protege Winner, Brandon Goldberg.

How “Little Piano Man” Fell In Love With Jazz. 10-year-old jazz pianist Brandon Goldberg started playing at age 3. He spoke to Harry about his influences and how he fell in love with jazz.

Little Big Shots – Steve and Brandon Jam (Episode Highlight):

Steve and Brandon make a great duo! American Protege Winner Brandon Goldberg at Little Big Shots


Elias and Zion Phoenix At Americas Got Talent 2017:

American Protege Winners, Elias and Zion Phoenix, as Twin Keyboardists at Americas Got Talent 2017: Full audition Video

Brandon Goldberg Interview at the Little Big Shots Show (April 17, 2016):

Pianist Brandon Goldberg, a winner of American Protege International Talent Music Competition, Spring 2015, is not only a virtuoso, he’s also given TED Talks, and he’ll wow you with his wisdom.


Arthur Zhou in the KHOU 11 NEWS (March 8, 2016):

SUGAR LAND, Texas — It’s been said that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing at the age of 5. That happens to be the same tender age as Arthur Zhou of Sugar Land. Arthur is naturally gifted enough to have won first place in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition…

Arthur tied for the youngest winner in this group. It’s a competition entered by thousands around the world and one he and Julianne, also entered and won, playing a duet together. With the win comes a trip to Carnegie Hall and New York City where Arthur has been dying to go. Now Arthur has his eyes set on another Big Apple landmark: the Statue of Liberty. The Zhous head to New York City in May.

From New York Post (March 30, 2014):

A once homeless Florida college student is now realizing his dreams after placing in a piano competition that will allow him to perform at Carnegie Hall. James Matthews, 24, sometimes slept in his instructor’s piano studio for shelter while he was a student at Florida Southern College… In January, one of his instructors there suggested he submit a video of himself performing Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 7″ for the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2014.After performing at the American Protege Winners Recital on April 20th, James Matthews was invited to the Ellen DeGeneres TV Show on April 25th, 2014.

Piano Prodigy Harmony Zhu Performs at Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

This young talent has as delightful a personality as she has a knack for the piano: a First Prize Winner in the Young Musicians Category of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2013, showed her talent at the Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 3, 2014.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Elias Phoenix, 7, out of Brandon, Florida, entered the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Fall 2013 in November 2013 and performed at the Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall. After winning the American Protégé Competition, Elias has performed twice as a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, and other local and National news and media outlets.

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