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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.


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.

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).


Age Group 12 and under:
Anthony Yang, piano 10 Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova    
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 94  
Ava Park, violin 10 Seoul, South Korea
Beriot, Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, I Mvt.  
Catherine Li, piano 11 San 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, violin 11 Closter, NJ
Student of Khullip Jeung    
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Fiona Tsang, cello 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Jihee Kim    
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme – Theme, I, II, Cadenza, VI, & VII
Sofia Sourkova, piano 12 Kyiv, Ukraine
Student of Inna Goncharova    
Bach, Concerto in F Minor for piano and string orchestra, Part 1.
Annabelle Huang, piano 9 Taipei, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko    
Bach, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor BWV 1052, I Mvt.
Mariia Gasiuk, piano 10 Kyiv, Ukraine
Student of Inna Goncharova    
Silvanskiy, Easy concert    
Zachary Pan, violin 10 San Jose, CA
Student of Ann Kerobyan    
Vivaldi, Concerto in G Minor, I Mvt.  
Elene Mtchedlidze, piano 11 Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Levan Inashvili    
Polunin, Concertino in A Minor    
James Birch, violin 11 Dover Heights, Australia
Student of Evgeny Sorkin    
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2, II Mvt.  
Ani Anakidze, violin 12 Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of D. Pourtskhvanidze    
Kabalevsky, Violin concerto in C Major, I Mvt.
Louie Tsai, violin 12 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Student of Gayaneh Kumar    
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, I Mvt.    
and Wieniawski, Polonaise De Concert  
Milan Rohatgi, violin 12 Stanford, 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, cello 12 La Canada Flintridge, CA
Student of John Walz    
Saint-Saens, Concerto in A Minor    
Lisa Wei, violin 9 Princeton, NJ
Student of Siliang Meng    
Friedrich Seitz, Concerto No.3 in G Minor  
Anna Lui, piano 10 South Jordan, UT
Student of Ya Liu    
Miller, Concerto in A Minor, III Mvt.  
Ashley Ng Rui En, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Major KV414, II Mvt.
Jianna Kim, flute 11 Blue Bell, PA
Student of Michael Maizels    
Quantz, Concerto in G Major, I Mvt.  
Tara Kavtaradze, piano 11 Nescosent, NY
Student of Merab Ebralidze    
Polunin, Concertino in A Major    
Vivian Pham, piano 11 Tampa, FL
Student of Olga Glick    
Mozart, Concerto Nj. 8, I Mvt.    
Corona Chen, piano 12 Whitefish Bay, WI
Student of Margarita Kontorovsky    
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major  
Grace Li, Violin 12 San Diego, CA
Student of Darija Hodko    
Vivaldi, Summer, I Mvt.    
Jade Wong, violin 12 Glastonbury, CT
Student of Mickey Reisman    
Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major    
Gabriel Zhang, violin 12 Redding, CA
Student of Daria Hodco    
Mozart, Sonata in E Minor, K.304    
Age Group 13 to 18:
Bowen Ying, violin 13 Wynnewood, PA
Student of Tanya Ivanova    
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, I Mvt.
Ella J. Kim, violin 13 Weston, MA
Student of Magdalena Richter    
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor Op.64, I Mvt.
Kevin Zephyrin, bassoon 13 Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Nanci Belmont    
Weber, Bassoon Concerto Op. 75, I Mvt.  
Louis Auxenfans, piano 13 Chicago, IL
Student of Laura Fenster    
Bach, Piano Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.  
Moonhee Kim, violin 13 Beachwood, OH
Student of Eugenia Poustyreva    
Vieuxtemps, Concerto No. 5    
Nicole Ho, piano 13 Arcadia, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen    
Mendelsohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in g Minor (third mvmt)
Norah Fong, cello 13 Redondo Beach, CA
Student of Sarah Koo Freeman    
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor Op. 85, IV Mvt.  
Matthew Gurning, piano 14 Fontana, CA
Student of Dr. Elvin Rodriguez    
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No.3 Op.26 Andante-Allegro
Richard Niu, cello 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Kim    
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, III Mvt.
Celena Ho, piano 15 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5, Op 73 in E-flat Major, I. Mvt.
Christy Chang, violin 15 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee    
Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, I Mvt.
Connor Tsui, cello 15 New York, NY
Student of Ole Akahoshi    
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107, I Mvt.
Daniel Son Son, viola 15 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Sophie Arbuckle    
Walton, Viola Concerto    
Evan Zhou, violin 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Hernan Constantino    
Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy Op. 25    
Jenna Tu, piano 15 Vancouver, WA
Student of Renato Fabbro    
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in c Minor, Op. 18, III Mvt.
Megan Chen, viola 15 Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar    
Bach, Concerto in C Minor    
Tanner Jorden, piano 15 Billings, MT
Student of Dorothea Cromley    
Grieg, Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Taylor Chen, violin 15 South Windsor, CT
Student of Solomiya Ivakhiv    
Mozart, Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major, K.218
Andrew Lin, cello 16 San Jose, CA
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor    
Anwesha Mukherji, flute 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis-Starr    
Mozart, Concerto in G Major, K. 313  
Chaehyun Kim, violin 16 Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Irene Cheng    
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole (Allegro non troppo)
Gemma Tung, cello 16 Brookline, MA
Student of Chungson Kim    
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme (Variations 6 and 7)
Gyuhwan Choi, viola 16 Wellesley, MA
Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major  
Hannah Lee, flute 16 Silver Spring, MD
Student of Carolyn Oh    
Reinecke, Concerto in D Major, Op. 283  
Heran Zhao, guzheng 16 Ontario, Canada
Wang Huiran, Dance of the Yao    
Rabia  Brooke, violin  16 Chicago, 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, violin 16 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Student of Jerzy Kosmala    
Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No 3    
Allison Huang, marimba 17 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Student of Dr. Kuo-Hsuan Wu    
Séjourné, Concerto for Marimba and Strings, I Mvt.
Christy Cheung, piano 17 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Beethoven, Concerto in B Flat Major Op. 19, I Mvt.
Christopher Yoon, piano 17 Portland, OR
Student of Dr. Renato Fabbro    
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major  
Haemaru Chung, violin 17 New York, NY
Student of Ann Setzer    
Dvorak, Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, I Mvt.
Mikhail Peisel, cello 17 Yekaterinburg, Russia
Student of Prof. Vadim Klishin    
Saint-Saëns, Concert in A Minor for cello, Part 1
Yiyang Zhao, piano 17 Midvale, UT
Student of Ya Liu    
Richard Addinsell, Warsaw Concerto  
Angela Suet Kee Ng, piano 13 Winnipeg, Canada
Student of Jane Petroni    
Mozart, Concerto K466 in D Minor, I Mvt.  
Amy Suwannatat, piano 14 Port Washington, NY
Student of Pippa Borisy    
Beethoven, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2, I. Mvt.
Cynthia Wang, violin 14 San Diego , CA
Student of Fei Fei Soong    
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor  
Jonathan Ma, piano 14 Holladay, UT
Student of Ning Lu and Jie Lu    
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, I. Mvt.
Alicia Yang, viola 15 Chandler, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar    
Walton, Concerto for Viola, III Mvt.  
April Chung, violin 15 Frisco, TX
Student of Phillip Lewis    
Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor  
Jimin Kim, cello 15 Andover, MA
Student of Jan Müller-Szeraws    
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, III Mvt.
Natalie Nef, violin 15 Pleasant View, UT
Student of Peggy Wheelwright    
Tchaikovsky, Concerto in D Major 3rd Mvt.  
Alicia Wu, viola 16 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar    
Walton, Concerto for Viola, I Mvt.    
Ethan Resnik, piano 16 Bedford, NY
Student of Arlene Portney    
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor Op. 23, III Mvt.
Eirena Li, piano 16 Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park    
Mendelssohn, Concerto in D Minor, Op. 40 Allegro appassionato
Melody Yu, violin 16 Walnut, CA
Student of Tatevik Yaghubyan    
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Brittney Nichols, violin 17 Mesa, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar    
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole    
Constance Horng, violin 17 Saratoga, CA
Student of Chen Zhao    
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22, I Mvt.
Ian Wagman, piano 17 Park City, UT
Student of Dr. Vedrana Subotic    
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
Isabel Friedrichs, violin 17 Escondido, CA
Mozart, Concerto Number 4 in D Major  
Jennifer Lin, violin 17 Houston, TX
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21, I Mvt.  
Karthik Ganapathy, marimba 17 Troy, MI
Student of Adam James    
Séjourné, Concerto for Marimba and Strings, I Mvt.
Tu Trinh, piano 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen    
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2, III Mvt.  
Celine Chien, violin 14 Saratoga, CA
Student of Elizabeth Park    
Bruch, Concerto in G Minor, Op. 26, III Mvt.
Anabella Cheong, violin 15 Aliso Viejo, CA
Student of Noriko Yamaga    
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64, I. Mvt.
Caroline Cowley, violin 15 Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar    
Lalo, Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21. I Mvt.  
Felix Tse, piano 15 Portland, OR
Student of Renato Fabbro    
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, I Mvt., 
Tae Kyu Kim, cello 15 Cupertino, CA
Student of Alan Yang    
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 Op. 33 in A Minor, I Mvt.
Charisse Vu, piano 16 Fountain Valley, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen    
Beethoven, Concerto No. IV Op. 58  
Iris Cheng, viola 16 Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar    
Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major  
Lucia Lin, piano 16 Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Yu Lu    
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
Maggie Chang, cello 16 Irvine, CA
Student of David Garrett    
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1, Op.33, I Mvt.
Ryan Lee, trumpet 18 Brea, CA
Student of Ohtae Kwon    
Peskin, Trumpet Concerto, I Mvt.    
Brian Zhang, violin 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Darija Hodko    
Bach, Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041
Jonathan Wang, piano 13 Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova    
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, III Mvt.
Cloe Coker, piano 14 Richland, WA
Student of Dr. Jinhyang Park    
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, I Mvt.
Jason Ren, piano 15 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin    
Mozart, Concerto No. 21 in C Major  
Claire Wang, piano 16 Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova    
Brahms, Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 D Minor, I. Mvt.
Ian Shin, clarinet 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Justine Hamlin    
Mozart, Clarinet concierto    
Yoosung Lee, violin 16 South Pasadena, CA
Student of Johnny Nam    
Saint-Saëns, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Andrew Yung, violin 17 Granite Bay, CA
Wieniawski, Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 22
Nayan Murthy, Violin 14 Portland, 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
Emma Pin Hsiu Liu, piano 26 New York, NY
Student of Kathryn Brown and Nelita True  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18
Hyojin Lee, cello 37 Highland Park, NJ
Haydn, Cello Concerto in D Major    
Jiwon Kim, piano 30 Boston, MA
Student of Gila Goldstein and Joanne Polk  
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini    
Justin Park, trumpet 23 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Ohtae Kwon    
Tomasi, Tomasi Trumpet Concerto    
Ya-Ju Chuang, piano 28 East Lansing, MI
Liszt, Piano Concerto No 2 in A Major, S. 125
Fei Tong, violin 25 Mount Pleasant, MI
Student of Fangye Sun    
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No.1 Scherzo  
Sarah Dunbar, saxophone 24 Lewisville, TX
Student of Dr. Eric Nestler    
Demersseman, edited by Hemke, Introduction and Variations on Le Carnaval de Venise
Taylor Franks, piano 20 New Smyrna Beach, FL
Student of Irena Kofman    
Franz Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII, III Mvt.
Renee Roberts, violin 52 Bethesda, MD
Student of Holly Hamilton    
Saint Saens, Concerto No. 3    
Xinchen Ye, Piano 25 Mountain View, CA
Student of Matt Wang    
Mozart, Piano Concerto in D Minor    
Akiko Koide Gomez, violin 50 Westlake Village, CA
Khachaturian, Violin Concerto    
Vijay Reddy, cello 21 Anaheim, CA
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, I Mvt.
Catherine Stay, violin 28 Garland, UT
Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61


Other participants will receive Diploma of Participation