American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Competition of Romantic Music 2014

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/audio recording materials for the audition.

American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.




Winners performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,
Sunday, April 5, 2015 (Easter) at 3:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Special prizes for best performances were 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 2014. 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.

International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 Results:

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

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Emmie Guo, 6, from Chicago, IL, began piano studies with Sueanne Metz at age 4 and a half. During the past 19 months, little Emmie won first place awards for the 2013 Solo and Duet Programs at Granquist Competition in Geneva IL, the 2013 CAMTA Sonata Festival in Chicago IL, and the 2014 Piano Talent International Competition in Milan Italy. In June 2014, Emmie won 1st place in one of the renown competitions and was invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Emmie performs regularly at senior homes, shopping malls, and libraries. Among other interests, Emmie enjoys reading, ice-skating, swimming, and playing with her little sister Ivanka.

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At the age of 6, Erica Hong, 13-year-old from Duluth, Georgia, began to play piano and entered her first competition, the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, in 2009 and received a Superior Ranking and consecutively received the award of Outstanding Performance from 2010 to 2014. She earned the Superior Ranking award in 2010, 2011, and 2012 from the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 2010, she was given the Outstanding Performer award at the Bach Competition. She won Gold Prize at the Georgia Christian University Music Competition in 2013. Erica tried out for the Georgia Music Educators Association, or All-State, in both 6th and 7th grade and won the title of Master Class winner in 2013 and the title of Conference Recitalist in 2014. She also entered GMTA and won outstanding performance in 5th grade, award of excellence in 6th, and 1st place as the Conference Recitalist and Outstanding performer in 7th grade.

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Golda Berkman, 15 year old soprano, made her professional concert debut with Maestro Daniel Suk and the Dream Orchestra at Irvine Barclay Theatre earlier this year – 2014 with leading female pianist Hai-Kyung Suh. Ms. Berkman has performed with L.A. Opera’s productions of “Noye’s Fludde” by Benjamin Britten, and “Brundibar” by Hans Krasa. Golda also performed from George Gerswin’s “Porgy and Bess” at The Centennial Gala Celebration for The City of Beverly Hills with other celebrities including Betty White, Florence Henderson, and composer Richard Sherman. Golda debuted again on April 28, 2014 as the soprano soloist alongside Tenor Vladimir Dmitruk and Mezzo-Soprano Cassandra Velascos of LA OPERA Domingo Thorton Young Artist Program, and professional Bass Patrick Blackwell for a world class production of Mozart’s Requiem. 

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Ila Shon,17, began her cello studies at age six with Sieun Lin in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-college Division. Ila has been a student in the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School in New York and in Florida since 2011, where she receives instructions from Ron Leonard and Paul Katz. Ila has performed in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Laurence Lesser, David Finckel, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Paul Watkins and the Pacifica String Quartet among others. Ila has won First Prize in the Pacific Musical Society Centennial Competition, the Korea Times Young Artist Competition, the Felix Khuner Young Artist Competition, the Diablo Valley College Young Artist Competition, the International Strings Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. 

Winners by Age Category

Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
First Place Winners
Emmie Guo, piano6Chicago, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Yuxin Jiang, piano9Beijing, China
Student of Liuyi Tang  
Second Place Winners
Eliza Podvalny, piano8Cortlandt Manor, NY
Student of Sheng-Hui Wu Chen  
Alejandra Sarmiento, piano9LigthHouse Point, FL
Student of Maria Gomez  
Jack Forestier9Edmonton, Canada
Student of Marie Forestier  
Third Place Winners
Zi Meng Chu, piano5Shanghai, China
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Ryan Yanming Phuan6Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Noel Jones, violin9Pleasanton, CA
Student of Antoine Van Dongen  
Sabine Kwon, piano9Haverford, PA
Honorable Mention
Abigail Bagby, piano8Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna  
Zi Jun Zong, piano8Guang Xi, China
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Christina Cai, piano9Bryn Mawr, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna  
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
First Place Winners
Anna Wang, piano10Westford, MA
Student of Yeehan Wu  
Ian Maloney, cello10Hackensack, NJ
Student of Madeleine Golz  
Jarell Tang, piano11Singapore
Student of Winnie Tay  
Henry Tang, piano12Brooklyn, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok  
Rachel Aina Call, violin12Provo, UT
Student of Monte Belknap  
Erica Hong, piano13Duluth, GA
Student of Elena Cholakova  
Ilina Lenkova Mihova, piano13Sofia, Bulgaria
Student of Milena Mihailova Pavlova  
James Sinigalliano, piano13New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Pannita Mamanee12Bangkok, Thailand
Tarisa Chanpong11Bangkok, Thailand
Students of Dr. Pornphan Banternghansa  
Second Place Winners
Jean Ying Fong, piano10Singapore
Student of Ralitsa Obretenova  
Seojin Yoo, cello10Cresskill, NJ
Student of Madeleine Golz  
Vevina  Yang, piano10Willetton, Australia
Student of Yoon Sen Lee  
Alex Qian, piano11Cedar Hills, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox  
Hana Wang, piano11Sterling, VA
Student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt  
Lina Hisada, piano11Los Aneles, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka  
Matthew Gurning, piano11Fontana, CA
Student of Agatha Hou  
Allison Lie, piano12Naperville, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Eliot Hodges, cello12Denver, CO
Student of Jim Todd  
Ethan Yan, voice12Mountain View, CA
Student of Angelique Zuluaga  
JT Sterle, piano12Clifton Park, NY
Student of Bella Brusilovsky  
Pannita Mamanee, piano12Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Prof. Jamorn Jupapol  
Andrew Vu, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Viktor Shekhtman  
Austin Chang, oboe13Closter, NJ
Student of Samei Im  
Natalie Yee, piano13Newport Coast, CA
Student of Angela Leu  
Peyton Chen, Oboe13Cupertino, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang  
Sahana  Shravan, violin13Boca Raton, FL
Student of Richard Coff  
Sophia Li, piano13Vernon Hills, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Warren Lee, piano13Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Angela Pham13Newport Coast, CA
Austin Pham13Newport Coast, CA
Students of Ana Marie Eckstein  
Third Place Winners
Daniel Yuan, piano10Beltsville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Marien Femerling Garcia, piano10Monterrey, Mexico
Student of Dr. Antonina Dragan  
Michael Bagby, piano10Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna  
Darren Chen, piano12Walnut, CA
Student of Sharon Hsin-I Cheng  
Elena Chen, cello12Cupertino, CA 
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
Jack Bagby, piano13Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna  
Katie Sesi, violin13Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Judy Blank  
Madelyn  Chan, piano13Seattle, WA
Student of Marissa Rebadulla-Ramos  
Michael Song, cello13Los Gatos, CA
Student of Michail Gelfandbein  
Shinwho Kwun, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Bendetsky  
Sally Han, violin13Cresskill, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Honorable Mention Winners
Ethan Yan, violin12Mountain View, CA
Student of Antoine van Dongen  
Katherine Zhao, piano12Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Rachel  Dharmapalan, piano12Oakland, CA
Student of James Carmichael   
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
First Place Winners
Kaitlyn Mann, piano14New York, NY
Student of Inesa Sinkevych  
Golda Berkman, voice15Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Armen Guzelimian  
Christopher Jessup, piano16Darien, CT
Student of Victoria Mushkatkol  
Stanford Cheung, piano17Toronto, Ontario
Student of M. Orlov  
Gerry Chen, violin17Cheswick, PA
Student of MaryBeth Schotting and Mairi Cooper  
Ila Shon, cello17San Francisco, CA
Student of Eric Sung  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Angelica  Chen15Maple Ridge, Canada
Kelly Chan14Surrey, Canada
Students of Kathy Bjorseth  
Second Place Winners
Andrew Jun Chen, piano14Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok  
Brendan Bourges-Sevenier, cello14Santa Clara, CA
Student of Kyeone Hwa Kim  
Chantal Peng, piano14Wolfville, Canada
Student of John Hansen  
Christy Cheung, piano14Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Jonathan Ge, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung  
Joshua Chiang, cello14San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
Laura Zhang, piano14Marietta, GA
Student of Ping-yun Hsu  
Sherrie Wang, piano14Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova  
Stephen  Yang, cello14San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov  
Vivian Yong Zhou, piano14Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok  
Angelica Chen, piano15Maple Ridge, Canada
Student of Kathy Bjorseth  
Eloise Hodges, violin15Denver, CO
Student of James Maurer  
Jason Qu, piano15Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim  
Justin Lee, piano15Walnut, CA
Student of Anne Bader  
Rachel Won, cello15Saratoga, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
William Lee, piano15Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Alex Pham, piano16Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Connie  Chau, piano16Irvine, California
Student of Miranda Wu  
Elise Zhao, piano16Hauppauge, NY
Student of Joanne Polk  
Jason Lee, violin16Cupertino, CA
Student of Vitaly Leykin  
Laura Street, piano16Atlanta, GA
Student of Nancy Elton  
Min Ki Kim, cello16San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
Claire Diaz, piano17San Marino, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka  
Justin Kim, piano17River Edge, NJ
Student of Dr. Sohyun Ahn  
Jeffrey Zhang, piano17Sugar Land, TX
Student of Dr. Dariusz Pawlas  
Omar Gaidarov, flute17San Diego, CA
Student of Jane Masur  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Allison Kao16Shaker Heights, OH
Elizabeth Ye16Shaker Heights, OH
Students of Ella Karasik  
Third Place Winners
Christopher  Yang, viola14San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin  
Key Ruan, piano14Surrey, Canada
Student of Li Xiao  
Suzanne Carpenter, piano14Springfield , PA
Student of Anna Kislitsyna  
Angelica Chen, violin15Maple Ridge, Canada
Student of Lawrie Hill and Nicholas Wright  
Angela Yang, piano15Alpharetta, GA
Student of Dr. Keli Xu  
Annie Zhen, piano15Covina, CA
Student of Sharon H. Cheng  
Eric  Shuren, piano15Montebello, NY
Student of Sergei Arzoumanov  
Grace Jin, piano15Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Yeeha Chiu  
Patrick James Staples, piano15Peru, VT
Student of Karine Poghosyan  
Tina Jiang, piano15Brooklyn, NY
Student of Tian Song  
James Li, piano16Woodbury, MN
Student of Yuen Tsai  
Jasmine Zhou, piano16Ridgewood, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino  
Kevin  Bao, piano16Walnut , CA
Student of Jenny Shin  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Abigail Curtis 15Manchester, NH
Valentine Schelkin 14Manchester, NH
Students of Alla Nikitskaya  
Honorable Mention
Asha Iyer, voice15Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne  
Sarah  Jacobson, piano15Pelham, NY
Student of Alexander Budyonny  
Juan Granados, piano16Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Alexandra Moran, piano17Alexandria, VA
Student of Nina Kozin  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Noah Cox14Durham, NC
Meredith Cox16Durham, NC
Students of Tanya Smirnov  
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals
First Place Winners
Eunhye Park, flute21East Northport, NY
Student of Minsang Park  
Leonor Dill, piano24Union City, New Jersey
Student of Paul Coker  
Soyoug Park, piano25Minneapolis, MN
Student of Lydia Artymiw  
Eunhye Son, violin27Cincinnati, OH
Student of Won-Bin Yim  
Lu Wang, voice27Beijing, China
Student of Zhao Dengying  
Kyoo Hye Lim, piano28Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Logan Skelton  
Myung-Ji Lee, piano28Denton, TX
Jooyeon Song, cello28Urbana, IL
Student of Dmitry Kouzov   
Chia-Ying Chan, piano30Urbana, IL
Gang Zhu, piano30Champaign, IL
Student of Thomas Sauer and Timothy Ehlen  
Hyojin Rhim, piano30Forest Hills, NY
Student of Gila Goldstein and Veronica Jochum  
Marko Stuparevic, piano31Hartford, CT
Student of Dr. Paul Rutman  
Moon Young Chang, violin31Lansing, MI
Student of Walter Verdehr  
Jiwon Choi, piano32Lawrence, KS
Student of Steven Spooner  
Rumi Oh, piano32Cincinnati, OH
Student of Timothy Ehlen  
Larisa Smeshko, piano56Novosibirsk , Russia
Student of Mery Lebenzon  
Second Place Winners
Darren Chen, piano19Ladera Ranch, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung  
Juhyeon Lee, violin20Huntington, NY
Student of Jaram Kim  
Igor Bardykin, piano22Moscow, Russia
Student of Alexander Malkus and Sergey Kuznetsov 
Liu Min, voice22Beijing, China
Student of Lu Lanqing and Lu Lei  
Bong-A  Jung, piano31East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras  
Anna Arazi, piano32Cambridge, Massachusetts
Student of Boaz Sharon  
Hyekyung Lee, piano33East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras and Marc Silverman  
Hyun Hee Park, piano44Fredericton, Canada
Student of Roger Lord  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Maria Spirina27Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Alexander Panov27Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
David Peroni33Caldogno, Italy
Silvia Bellani30Caldogno, Italy
Students of Pier Narciso Masi  
Third Place Winners
No Third Places Were Awarded
Honorable Mention
Rui Jia Gladys Lim, piano18Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Armon Safai, piano20Irvine, CA
Student of Anna Maria Eckstein  
Josh Tyree, piano33Cumming, GA
Student of Raisa Isaacs  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Christina Mandasari24Lawrence, KS
Somruedi Suchitphanit28Lawrence , KS

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation


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