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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.

Eligibility

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 underAmateur without professional degree
 13 – 18 College students and professional musicians

Awards

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.

Judges

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.

American Protégé

 International Concerto Competition 2018 Results

American Protégé Judges’ Favorite Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

Sofia Sourkova

Sofia Sourkova is 12 years old, was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She began her piano study at the age of six with her teacher Inna Goncharova. She played her first piano concerto with orchestra at the end of her first piano study year. Now she has already at her portfolio 4 concertos with orchestra. Sofia won the 1-st place at American Protégé, International Concerto Competition, 2014. She played twice with Vilnius opera theatre orchestra in Klaipeda (Lithuania), in 2014 and 2016, in XXI century Art Competition, where she achieved 1-st place in three nominations. She’s winner of Resonance Competition, Paris, France. Sofia also regularly performs as many times winner and Grand prix awarded of International and Ukrainian competitions. She was also awarded as 1-st degree Laureate diplomas in musical competitions more than 50 times. She’s experienced not only in piano duet but in trio and quartet as well as in trio with cello and violin. Sofia is the graduate student of the Mayor’s of Kiev (Ukraine) scholarship last five years for the successful study and significant creative successes and achievements.

Ella Kim started learning to play the violin at age 5, quickly developing a love for music. As the winner of the 2016 Rivers Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, she made her debut as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Ella was a prizewinner in the 2017 Totenberg Young Strings State Competition as well the recipient of the Rivers Conservatory String Department Prize and Young Artist Diploma. She has served as Concertmaster of the Weston School Orchestras; Rivers Conservatory Youth Orchestras and she is one of the youngest members of the Boston Youth Symphony Senior BYS Orchestra. Ella enjoys sharing her music as a volunteer at the Weston Brook Apartments and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ella studied with Lilia Muchik and currently studies with Magdalena Richter. She is in the seventh grade at the Weston Middle School.

American Protégé Judges’ Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

Tanner Jorden

Born in Montana, Tanner Jorden, 15, began his musical career at seven. His current teacher, Dorothea Cromley, is the former Professor of Piano at MSU-B. In 2015, Tanner began winning competitions locally. In 2016, he competed in the LA International Liszt Competition. In 2017, he received first place in the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition. He debuted with the Great Falls Symphony in 2017 and since has performed with the Billings, Helena and Glacier Symphonies. Tanner competed in the MTNA competition in 2016 and 2017, receiving honorable mentions in the Junior and Senior divisions at regionals. Tanner gave his debut recital at MSUB in 2017 and performed a recital in Wyoming sponsored by the Sheridan Arts Council. He attended Red Lodge Music Festival, BYU’s SummerFestival, and USU’s Piano Clinic and received the top award and a scholarship.

Mikhail Peysel, 17, Yekaterinburg, Russia, begun to play music since 10 years old. In four years of studies at the music school under Mrs. L. P. Nikitina, Mikhail has passed the entire school course and became the III-degree laureate of the II International Competition “Young Mozart” in Perm, Russia and I degree laureate of the International Festival-Contest “Mix-Art”. Since 2014, he continues the studies at the Urals College of Music, currently in the class of Prof. V.V. Clishyn. Mikhail has participated in masterclasses with A. Massarsky (St.-Petersburg), E. Rumyantsev (Moscow), A. Buzlov (Moscow), O. Bugaev (Moscow) and M. Katz (France). His awards in the competitions include 1st Places in Yekaterinburg city International Competition “The Urals are gathering friends”, “Tutte le corde” “Steps of Excellence” Competition, All-Russian Competition “The Magic of Sound” (solo and chamber ensemble categories), to name just a few. Mikhail performed with orchestras at Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Hall, The Ural College of Music, “Triumph” Philharmonic in Perm (Russia).

Winners:

NAMEAGECITY, STATE/COUNTRY
Age Group 12 and under:
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Anthony Yang, piano10Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova  
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 94 
Ava Park, violin10Seoul, South Korea
Beriot, Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, I Mvt. 
Catherine Li, piano11San Jose, CA
Student of Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang  
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op.102, II Mvt.
and Bach, Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971, I Mvt.
Krystal Sun, violin11Closter, NJ
Student of Khullip Jeung  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Fiona Tsang, cello12San Jose, CA
Student of Jihee Kim  
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme – Theme, I, II, Cadenza, VI, & VII
Sofia Sourkova, piano12Kyiv, Ukraine
Student of Inna Goncharova  
Bach, Concerto in F Minor for piano and string orchestra, Part 1.
   
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
Annabelle Huang, piano9Taipei, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Bach, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor BWV 1052, I Mvt.
Mariia Gasiuk, piano10Kyiv, Ukraine
Student of Inna Goncharova  
Silvanskiy, Easy concert  
Zachary Pan, violin10San Jose, CA
Student of Ann Kerobyan  
Vivaldi, Concerto in G Minor, I Mvt. 
Elene Mtchedlidze, piano11Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Levan Inashvili  
Polunin, Concertino in A Minor  
James Birch, violin11Dover Heights, Australia
Student of Evgeny Sorkin  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2, II Mvt. 
Ani Anakidze, violin12Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of D. Pourtskhvanidze  
Kabalevsky, Violin concerto in C Major, I Mvt.
Louie Tsai, violin12Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Student of Gayaneh Kumar  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, I Mvt.  
and Wieniawski, Polonaise De Concert 
Milan Rohatgi, violin12Stanford, CA
Student of Zhao Wei  
Bach, Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003, III Mvt.
and Saint Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, I Mvt.
Srijani Bhattacharya, cello12La Canada Flintridge, CA
Student of John Walz  
Saint-Saens, Concerto in A Minor  
   
THIRD PLACE WINNERS
Lisa Wei, violin9Princeton, NJ
Student of Siliang Meng  
Friedrich Seitz, Concerto No.3 in G Minor 
Anna Lui, piano10South Jordan, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Miller, Concerto in A Minor, III Mvt. 
Ashley Ng Rui En, piano10Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Major KV414, II Mvt.
Jianna Kim, flute11Blue Bell, PA
Student of Michael Maizels  
Quantz, Concerto in G Major, I Mvt. 
Tara Kavtaradze, piano11Nescosent, NY
Student of Merab Ebralidze  
Polunin, Concertino in A Major  
   
HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS
Vivian Pham, piano11Tampa, FL
Student of Olga Glick  
Mozart, Concerto Nj. 8, I Mvt.  
Corona Chen, piano12Whitefish Bay, WI
Student of Margarita Kontorovsky  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major 
Grace Li, Violin12San Diego, CA
Student of Darija Hodko  
Vivaldi, Summer, I Mvt.  
Jade Wong, violin12Glastonbury, CT
Student of Mickey Reisman  
Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major  
   
FINALIST
Gabriel Zhang, violin12Redding, CA
Student of Daria Hodco  
Mozart, Sonata in E Minor, K.304  
   
Age Group 13 to 18:
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Bowen Ying, violin13Wynnewood, PA
Student of Tanya Ivanova  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, I Mvt.
Ella J. Kim, violin13Weston, MA
Student of Magdalena Richter  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor Op.64, I Mvt.
Kevin Zephyrin, bassoon13Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Nanci Belmont  
Weber, Bassoon Concerto Op. 75, I Mvt. 
Louis Auxenfans, piano13Chicago, IL
Student of Laura Fenster  
Bach, Piano Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt. 
Moonhee Kim, violin13Beachwood, OH
Student of Eugenia Poustyreva  
Vieuxtemps, Concerto No. 5  
Nicole Ho, piano13Arcadia, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen  
Mendelsohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in g Minor (third mvmt)
Norah Fong, cello13Redondo Beach, CA
Student of Sarah Koo Freeman  
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor Op. 85, IV Mvt. 
Matthew Gurning, piano14Fontana, CA
Student of Dr. Elvin Rodriguez  
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No.3 Op.26 Andante-Allegro
Richard Niu, cello14San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Kim  
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, III Mvt.
Celena Ho, piano15Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5, Op 73 in E-flat Major, I. Mvt.
Christy Chang, violin15Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, I Mvt.
Connor Tsui, cello15New York, NY
Student of Ole Akahoshi  
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107, I Mvt.
Daniel Son Son, viola15Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Sophie Arbuckle  
Walton, Viola Concerto  
Evan Zhou, violin15San Diego, CA
Student of Hernan Constantino  
Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy Op. 25  
Jenna Tu, piano15Vancouver, WA
Student of Renato Fabbro  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Minor, Op. 18, III Mvt.
Megan Chen, viola15Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Bach, Concerto in C Minor  
Tanner Jorden, piano15Billings, MT
Student of Dorothea Cromley  
Grieg, Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, I Mvt. 
Taylor Chen, violin15South Windsor, CT
Student of Solomiya Ivakhiv  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major, K.218
Andrew Lin, cello16San Jose, CA
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor  
Anwesha Mukherji, flute16Palo Alto, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis-Starr  
Mozart, Concerto in G Major, K. 313 
Chaehyun Kim, violin16Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Irene Cheng  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole (Allegro non troppo)
Gemma Tung, cello16Brookline, MA
Student of Chungson Kim  
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme (Variations 6 and 7)
Gyuhwan Choi, viola16Wellesley, MA
Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major 
Hannah Lee, flute16Silver Spring, MD
Student of Carolyn Oh  
Reinecke, Concerto in D Major, Op. 283 
Heran Zhao, guzheng16Ontario, Canada
Wang Huiran, Dance of the Yao  
Rabia  Brooke, violin 16Chicago, IL
Student of Desiree Ruhstrat  
Sibelius , Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, Allegro-moderato
and Wieniawski, Polonaise de Concert No. 1, Op. 4 in D Major
Shannon Zhuang, violin16Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Student of Jerzy Kosmala  
Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No 3  
Allison Huang, marimba17Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Student of Dr. Kuo-Hsuan Wu  
Séjourné, Concerto for Marimba and Strings, I Mvt.
Christy Cheung, piano17Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Beethoven, Concerto in B Flat Major Op. 19, I Mvt.
Christopher Yoon, piano17Portland, OR
Student of Dr. Renato Fabbro  
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major 
Haemaru Chung, violin17New York, NY
Student of Ann Setzer  
Dvorak, Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, I Mvt.
Mikhail Peisel, cello17Yekaterinburg, Russia
Student of Prof. Vadim Klishin  
Saint-Saëns, Concert in A Minor for cello, Part 1
Yiyang Zhao, piano17Midvale, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Richard Addinsell, Warsaw Concerto 
   
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
Angela Suet Kee Ng, piano13Winnipeg, Canada
Student of Jane Petroni  
Mozart, Concerto K466 in D Minor, I Mvt. 
Amy Suwannatat, piano14Port Washington, NY
Student of Pippa Borisy  
Beethoven, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2, I. Mvt.
Cynthia Wang, violin14San Diego , CA
Student of Fei Fei Soong  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor 
Jonathan Ma, piano14Holladay, UT
Student of Ning Lu and Jie Lu  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, I. Mvt.
Alicia Yang, viola15Chandler, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Walton, Concerto for Viola, III Mvt. 
April Chung, violin15Frisco, TX
Student of Phillip Lewis  
Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor 
Jimin Kim, cello15Andover, MA
Student of Jan Müller-Szeraws  
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, III Mvt.
Natalie Nef, violin15Pleasant View, UT
Student of Peggy Wheelwright  
Tchaikovsky, Concerto in D Major 3rd Mvt. 
Alicia Wu, viola16Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Walton, Concerto for Viola, I Mvt.  
Ethan Resnik, piano16Bedford, NY
Student of Arlene Portney  
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor Op. 23, III Mvt.
Eirena Li, piano16Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park  
Mendelssohn, Concerto in D Minor, Op. 40 Allegro appassionato
Melody Yu, violin16Walnut, CA
Student of Tatevik Yaghubyan  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Brittney Nichols, violin17Mesa, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole  
Constance Horng, violin17Saratoga, CA
Student of Chen Zhao  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22, I Mvt.
Ian Wagman, piano17Park City, UT
Student of Dr. Vedrana Subotic  
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
Isabel Friedrichs, violin17Escondido, CA
Mozart, Concerto Number 4 in D Major 
Jennifer Lin, violin17Houston, TX
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21, I Mvt. 
Karthik Ganapathy, marimba17Troy, MI
Student of Adam James  
Séjourné, Concerto for Marimba and Strings, I Mvt.
Tu Trinh, piano17Irvine, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen  
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2, III Mvt. 
   
THIRD PLACE WINNERS
Celine Chien, violin14Saratoga, CA
Student of Elizabeth Park  
Bruch, Concerto in G Minor, Op. 26, III Mvt.
Anabella Cheong, violin15Aliso Viejo, CA
Student of Noriko Yamaga  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64, I. Mvt.
Caroline Cowley, violin15Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Lalo, Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21. I Mvt. 
Felix Tse, piano15Portland, OR
Student of Renato Fabbro  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, I Mvt., 
Tae Kyu Kim, cello15Cupertino, CA
Student of Alan Yang  
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 Op. 33 in A Minor, I Mvt.
Charisse Vu, piano16Fountain Valley, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen  
Beethoven, Concerto No. IV Op. 58 
Iris Cheng, viola16Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major 
Lucia Lin, piano16Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Yu Lu  
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
Maggie Chang, cello16Irvine, CA
Student of David Garrett  
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1, Op.33, I Mvt.
Ryan Lee, trumpet18Brea, CA
Student of Ohtae Kwon  
Peskin, Trumpet Concerto, I Mvt.  
   
HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS
Brian Zhang, violin13San Diego, CA
Student of Darija Hodko  
Bach, Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041
Jonathan Wang, piano13Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova  
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, III Mvt.
Cloe Coker, piano14Richland, WA
Student of Dr. Jinhyang Park  
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, I Mvt.
Jason Ren, piano15Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin  
Mozart, Concerto No. 21 in C Major 
Claire Wang, piano16Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova  
Brahms, Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 D Minor, I. Mvt.
Ian Shin, clarinet16Palo Alto, CA
Student of Justine Hamlin  
Mozart, Clarinet concierto  
Yoosung Lee, violin16South Pasadena, CA
Student of Johnny Nam  
Saint-Saëns, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Andrew Yung, violin17Granite Bay, CA
Wieniawski, Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 22
   
FINALISTS
Nayan Murthy, Violin14Portland, OR
Student of Elizabeth Peyton  
Mozart, Mozart Concerto 3 (G Major) (All three Mvt.s)
 John Lee, voice 17 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Jang Sang Kun
Wagner, “O du, mein holder Abendstern”
College Students and Professional Musicians
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Emma Pin Hsiu Liu, piano26New York, NY
Student of Kathryn Brown and Nelita True 
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18
Hyojin Lee, cello37Highland Park, NJ
Haydn, Cello Concerto in D Major  
Jiwon Kim, piano30Boston, MA
Student of Gila Goldstein and Joanne Polk 
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  
Justin Park, trumpet23Los Angeles, CA
Student of Ohtae Kwon  
Tomasi, Tomasi Trumpet Concerto  
Ya-Ju Chuang, piano28East Lansing, MI
Liszt, Piano Concerto No 2 in A Major, S. 125
   
SECOND PLACE WINNER
Fei Tong, violin25Mount Pleasant, MI
Student of Fangye Sun  
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No.1 Scherzo 
   
HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS
Sarah Dunbar, saxophone24Lewisville, TX
Student of Dr. Eric Nestler  
Demersseman, edited by Hemke, Introduction and Variations on Le Carnaval de Venise
Taylor Franks, piano20New Smyrna Beach, FL
Student of Irena Kofman  
Franz Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII, III Mvt.
   
Amateur
FIRST PLACE WINNER
Renee Roberts, violin52Bethesda, MD
Student of Holly Hamilton  
Saint Saens, Concerto No. 3  
   
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
Xinchen Ye, Piano25Mountain View, CA
Student of Matt Wang  
Mozart, Piano Concerto in D Minor  
Akiko Koide Gomez, violin50Westlake Village, CA
Khachaturian, Violin Concerto  
   
THIRD PLACE WINNER
Vijay Reddy, cello21Anaheim, CA
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, I Mvt.
   
HONORABLE MENTION WINNER
Catherine Stay, violin28Garland, UT
Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

Other participants will receive Diploma of Participation

 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.