International Concerto Competition 2018

International Concerto Competition is open to all instruments, including strings, piano, voice and winds.

Participants are required to submit video/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:

School Students:   Adults (19 and older):
 12 and under Amateur without professional degree
 13 – 18  College students and professional musicians

Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the following dates

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018

$300 Scholarship and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges’ recommendations.


International panel of qualified judges will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, and their students are not allowed to apply this season. The concert pianist and teacher Ms. Irina Kaufman-Brookes (U.K./Russia) is invited as a Chairwoman of the Concerto Competition 2018. A graduate from the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music, classes of Prof. E. Lieberman and Prof. L. Naumov, Ms. Kaufman-Brookes won a number of the International Competitions and performed as a solo and chamber ensemble pianist with the Bolshoi Theater, Stanislavskiy and Nemirovich – Danchenko Opera Theatre, and many orchestras across the Europe and USA.

How to Apply

To apply for the Competition participants must submit:

  • Completed online Application Form.
  • YouTube (or other video sharing sites) link to the video recordings or a DVD of their performance (no need to mail a DVD if a YouTube link is provided in the Application Form).
  • A biography of the applicant in MS Word format (not to exceed 150 words). Include past participation in competitions, festivals and other public events. Portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the Competition brochure printing. Examples could be found in the Recital Booklet Sample – click here.
  • Biography and photo should be e-mailed to
  • Application fee.
Mailing Address 

Mail DVD and Application Fee to: American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128

For express shipping services please use the following street address: American Protege, Attn: Irina Ionova, 245 East 93rd Street, #22E, New York, NY 10128.

 Application Deadline

The application packages acceptance was closed on February 20, 2018. Audition of the application materials is now in progress.

 Application Fee

Application Fee for solo performers – $160
Application Fees for Ensembles is $120 per Member. 
Application Fees are not refundable.

Concerto Competition Rules

Repertoire Requirements. Applicants must submit video recording of: 

  • One single movement or complete Concerto (no time limit) and 
  • One solo piece (to be performed at the Winners Recital). For the Solo piece any work from the Standard Repertoire can be chosen (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Periods). The performance time limit for the solo piece:

School students 6 to 12 years old   – under 5 minutes;

School students 13 to 18 years old – under 6 minutes;

Amateur without professional degree – under 6 minutes;

College students and professionals – under 7 minutes

Applicants who submitted a solo piece longer than time limit will be requested to provide another video within performance time limit. An additional charge of $50 must be paid for the second audition. Extra performance time up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with $100 additional fee.

  1. Vocalists should perform an opera aria or folk/traditional work. Selections must be performed from memory with orchestra or piano accompaniment.
  2. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable).
  3. Recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant’s abilities, but need not be of a professional quality. Applicant’s name and exact title of the audition piece must be included in the description of the video on YouTube (Vimeo, etc.).
  4. Contestants must perform from memory.
  5. The DVD will not be returned.
  6. The decisions of the Judges are final and cannot be appealed.
  7. Comments made by the Judges will not be disclosed.
  8. First Prize Winners may not submit the same audition program should they wish to compete in the following season.
  9. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.
  10. Competition results will be published on the American Protégé web-site on March 25, 2018.
  11. Certificates of Recognition will be granted to the performing winners only, after the Winners Recital.
  12. Winners who have chosen not to participate in the Winners Recital for any reason will be disqualified.
  13. In addition to the Competition Rules, American Protégé General Policy provisions apply to all applicants and winners. Please read carefully American Protégé Policy before applying to the Competition.

 Winners Recital Information

 1. Winners will be selected from each of the four instrument categories (piano, strings, voice, winds) and in each age group.  Multiple winners will be chosen. Special prizes may be awarded based on judges’ recommendations.

2. Winners of the Competition will perform one solo piece from the audition repertoire with the following performance time limit:

School students 6 to 12 years old   – 5 minutes;

School students 13 to 18 years old – 6 minutes;

Amateur without professional degree – 6 minutes;

College students and professionals – 7 minutes.

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

4. Concertos with full orchestra can’t be performed at the Winners Recital. For vocalists, strings and wind instruments, performance at the Weill Recital Hall will be with piano accompaniment. Only one grand piano will be available at the Weill Recital Hall. In case of any doubt as to selection, please contact the American Protégé Organizational Committee.

5. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

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

7. 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.

8. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400:

   – $300 Recital Fee, includes admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets.

   – $100 Photo Fee, includes set of digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage. Average set is 20-30 digital photos.

9. Recital Fee for Ensemble Members is $230 per Member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. Recital Fee includes admission for Ensemble Member, Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets per Member.

10. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

11. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

12. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

To pay the Solo Recital and Photo Fees on-line please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $30 will be added to the Concert Fees amount. By clicking on the button you will be redirected to PayPal

Solo Recital and Photo Fee

American Protégé Organizational Committee reserves the rights to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competitions or published on this site.

Complete policies, rules and disclaimers could be found on American Protégé Policy page