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International Concerto Competition 2019

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

Participants are required to submit video 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

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Monday,  May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day)
  • Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019

$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 2019. 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 2019 Results

American Protégé Judges’ Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

Concerto Competition Carnegie Hall, Kate Less

Kate Yunseo Lee is 6 years old. She was born in Fairfax, Virginia in 2012 and is now a kindergarten student at Saint Leo the Great Catholic School. She has been playing the piano and studying music since 2016 at the age of 4, under the direction of Dr. Anna Ouspenskaya. Kate won Honorable Mention in YMIC (Young Musicians Inspiring Change) 2018 Metropolitan Music Festival in Piano solo category.  She has played various solo piano literature & concerto collaborations with accompanists from various composers & different styles. Kate has studied music theory & music composition and has been participating in numerous recitals from the studio. She has devoted herself to study piano technique, musical expressiveness, music listening, memorization methods, and stage manners. 

Ashley Jimin Kim, from Seoul, South Korea, began to learn violin at the age of 6. She was selected for an audition at the age of 11 and sponsored by Kumho Asiana Group to hold a solo concert. Ashley was the winner of the 1st the Korean ilbo, Eumyeon, Korea Herald, and Haneum competitions. She collaborated with San Giorgio Orchestra of Italy, Gyeonggi-Pil Harmonic Orchestra, Cheongju-si-Okestra, and Madrid chamber orchestra of Spain.

Ashley Jimin Kim
Concerto Competition, Emilee Kitmahawong

Emilee Kitmahawong is a junior at the Bronx High School of Science, where she also serves as the Concertmaster for the school orchestra. She’s been playing the violin since age 4 and is currently furthering her violin studies at the Mannes Pre-College Music Program in New York City. Recently, she won a concerto competition there and has performed with the orchestra as a soloist. Emilee is also active with a Chamber music group that was selected to perform at Lincoln Center for Young Musician’s Concert. Emilee has performed at Carnegie Hall and with orchestras in Vienna, Prague, Tokyo and Bangkok. And she’s also shared her love for the violin with others by raising funds and travelling to a small village in Thailand to introduce elementary age students to the violin and classical music, which she feels as rewarding as any of the awards she’s received throughout her music career.


Age Group 12 and under:
Kate Lee, piano 6 Vienna, VA
Student of Dr. Anna Ouspesnkaya
Alec Rowley, Miniature Concerto, I Mvt.
 and Berkovich, Piano Concerto. Op. 44, II Mvt.
Yushin Hirai, cello 9 Nishinomiya, Japan
Student of Shohei Uwamori 
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor Op.33
Lena Kim, violin 10 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Daniel Yoonjae Park and Sara Jin
Vivaldi, ‘Summer’ from the Four Seasons
Andrew Y. Kim, cello 11 Weston, MA
Student of Ronald Lowry
Kabalevsky, Cello concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.49, I Mvt.
Joseph Darcourt, cello 12 Merrick, NY
Student of John Popham
Haydn, Concerto in C Major: Moderato
and Massenet, Meditación de Thais
Lillian Feng, piano 12 Arcadia, CA
Student of Roger Wright
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K488 – I
Ellie Nguyen, piano 10 Vienna, VA
Student of Dr. Marjorie Lee
Mozart, Concerto in D Major, K175, I Mvt.
Kristie Lu, violin 10 Jericho, NY
Student of I-Hao Lee
G. B. Viotti, Concerto No. 22 in A Minor, I Mvt.
Alana Gao, violin 11 Willoughby, Australia
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, I Mvt.
Qi Chung, violin 11 Singapore
Student of Zhang Ying
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21, I Mvt.
Zack Lam, piano 11 Bethesda, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Bach, Keyboard Concerto No. 2, BWV 1053 in E major
Jihye Yun, violin 6 Winchester, MA
Student of Klaudia Szlachta
Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor RV356, I Mvt.
and Oskar Rieding, Concerto in B minor Op.35, I and II Mvt.
Chieh-Yu Lan, piano 10 Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko
Mozart, Concerto No. 12 in A major K.414, I Mvt.
He-You Chen, piano 11 Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko
Haydn, Concerto in D major, III Mvt.
Shao-chi Lan, piano 8 Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko
Mozart, Concerto No. 27 in B major K. 595, II Mvt.
Seth Thomas, piano 12 Temecula, CA
Student of John Mario
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466
Yen-Wei Lu, piano 12 Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Fong Chan Hsu
Haydn, Piano Concerto in C major Hob XVIII, F1: III Mvt.
Age Group 13 to 18:
GiGi Chen, violin 13 Hong Kong
Student of Ting Fan
Bruch, Concerto No.1 in G Minor
Jennifer Kim, violin 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Ann Kerobyan
Saint-Saëns, Concerto No. 3 Op. 61 in B Minor
Louisa Pang, violin 13 Wahroonga, Australia
Student of Yong Yang
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.
and Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, I Mvt.
Emily Lai, piano 14 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Esther Keel
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3, I Mvt.
Kailey Suh, violin 14 Glendale, CA
Student of Daniel YoonJae Park
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K. 219
Lizi Basiladze, piano 14 Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Angela Dolaberidze
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 22, I mvt.
Lucas Chen, cello 14 Cupertino, CA
Student of Jihee Kim
Boccherini, Cello Concerto in B flat, I Mvt.
Theodore Pan, violin 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Ann Kerobyan
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21 in D minor, I Mvt.
Alanna Li, violin 15 Potomac, MD
Student of Elizabeth Faidley and Holly Hamilton
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22
Andrew Chang, cello 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Saint-Saëns, Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Anjeli Macaranas, violin 15 Fresno, CA
Student of William Barbini
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, III Mvt.
Ashley Jimin Kim, violin 15 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Suny Lee
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major Op 35, III Mvt.
Kyle Wang, violin 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Feifei Soong
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
Sebin Bok, violin 15 Demarest, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee
Bruch, Violin Concerto No.1, Op.26
Timothy Liang, piano 15 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Ning Lu and Jie Lu
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 22
Amy Suwannatat, piano 16 Port Washington, NY
Student of Pippa Borisy
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2 -1st Movement
April Chung, violin 16 Frisco, TX
Student of Phillip Lewis
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major
Brenton Zhang, cello 16 Orlando, FL
Student of David Bjella
Dvorak, Cello Concerto, I Mvt.
Emilee Kitmahawong, violin 16 New York, NY
Student of Min Sun Kim
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
Gvantsa Butskhrikidze, violin 16 Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Ekaterine Giorgadze and Nino Tkeshelashvili
Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, I Mvt.
 and Machavariani, Violin Concerto in D Minor, II Mvt.
John Zhao, piano 16 Midvale, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor Op. 23, I Mvt.
Sophia Zhang, violin 16 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Joy Pan
Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61
Susan Le, piano 17 Westminster, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen
Chopin, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11, 3rd movement
William Lu, violin 13 Austin, TX
Student of Sandy Yamamoto
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26,  I and III Mvt.
Albert Su, piano 14 Burlingame, CA
Student of Heidi Hau
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 102, I Mvt.
Ivy Liang, flute 15 Rockville, MD
Student of Carolyn Oh
Reinecke, Concerto in D Major, Op. 283, III Mvt.
Jessica Lin, piano 15 Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Mozart, Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413
Timothy Chu, cello 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Lu-yan Guo
Boccherini, Boccherini Cello Concerto in Bb major
Vivian Xiao, piano 15 Boyds, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413
Ellie Chae, cello 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Herbert, Cello Concerto No. 2 in E Minor Op. 30, I Mvt.
Emily Qian, piano 16 Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1
Guihao Zhang, piano 16 Jeju-do, South Korea
Student of Kim Jin
Beethoven, Concerto III
Kazuki Tayama, cello 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Lucinda Lenicheck
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.
Maggie Chen, piano 16 Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Beethoven, Concerto Op.15 in C Major, III Mvt.
Natalie Nef, violin 16 Pleasant View, UT
Student of David Porter
Tchaikovsky, Concerto D Major 3rd movement
Wenyu Chen, flute 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Ming Li
Doppler, Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy
Yu-Hsiang Wu, cello 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, IV Mvt.
Daphne Nie, violin 17 Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Hongguang Jia
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, III Mvt.
Noni Patchett, violin 17 Pasco, WA
Student of Qian Yin
Barber, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Jeff Kim, violin 14 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Yoonjae Choi and Mijin Park
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Mei-Chun Lin, piano 14 Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Hui-pin Hsu
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto in c minor No.2, Op.18 2nd mvt
Zerlina Lai, violin 15 Saratoga, CA
Student of Alan Chen
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
Carol Jiang, violin 16 Weston, FL
Student of Huifang Chen
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole Mvt. 1
Cassidy Chen, violin 16 Placentia, CA
Student of Sarkis Gyurgchyan
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K.219, I Mvt.
Jiwon Shim, cello 16 Tallahassee, FL
Student of Kim Jones
Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Minchae Kim, flute 16 Alhambra, CA
Student of Grace Shin
Saverio Mercadante,  Flute Concerto in E Minor
Yunbeen Bae, cello 16 Frisco, TX
Student of Jinsun Choi
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor Mvmt 1
Nuka Mtchedeladze, piano 17 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Merab Ebralidze and Mtvarida Kipiani
Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G-minor Op.22
Ariel Law, piano 18 Chandler, AZ
Student of Yali Luo
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, I Mvt.
Jia-You Lu, piano 13 Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Fong Chan Hsu
Mozart, Concerto No.12 in A major K. 414, III Mvt.
Catherine Chu, violin 14 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Davis Law and Jason Chu
Mozart, Violin Concerto in D Major, I Mvt.
Jonathan Wang, piano 14 Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova
Mendelssohn, Concerto No 1 in G Minor Op. 25
Michelle Ding, piano 15 Missouri City, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 In D minor
College students and professional musicians
Brandon Kelley, alto saxophone 39 Denton, TX
Student of Dr. Eric Nestler
Erland von Koch, Concerto for Alto Saxophone, I Mvt.
 and Jindrich Feld, Concerto for Alto Saxophone, I Mvt.
Elizabeth MacCorquodale, violin 31 Mountain View, CA
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnol, III Mvt.
Kyuwon Yoo, viola 22 Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Jeffrey Irvine
Hindemtith, Der Schwanendreher Viola Concerto
 and Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major, III Mvt.
Marita Pataraia, clarinet 18 Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of David Jishkariani
Weber, Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Major Op. 73, II and III Mvt.
Michael Min, piano 29 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Dr. Kyung Kim
Tchaikowsky, Piano Concerto No.1
Sendi Vartanovi, violin 21 Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Ketevan Tushmalishvili
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto D Major Op. 35, I Mvt.
SeongKyeong Kim, piano 27 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Paul Shaw
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Xiaodi Xu, harp 27 Tucson, AZ
Student of Michelle Gott
Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane
Xin Zhang, piano 32 Lexington, Kentucky
Student of Irina Voro and Joanne Polk
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.
Zhe Deng, violin 24 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Timothy Lees and Gabriel Pegis
Sibelius, Violin Concerto, I Mvt.
Zhuqing Zhang, viola 26 Cambridge, MA
Student of Michelle LaCourse
Walton, Concerto
Hui Lam Mak, flute 21 Denton, TX
Student of Dr. Mary Karen Clardy
Mozart, Concerto in D. II Mvt.
Jorge Ramos, piano 30 Lubbock, TX
Student of William Westney
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, I Mvt.
Lile Emnadze, piano 20 Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Nino Chirakadze and Leda Kankava
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major K.488, II and III Mvt.
Wanyi Wang, piano 26 Allston, MA
Student of Gila Goldstein
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor Op. 30, I Mvt.
Garden Wall Duo:
Carolyn Johnston, oboe 30 Atlanta, GA
Student of Dr. Lara Dahl
Cameron Richardson, violin 23 Atlanta, GA
Student of Christos Galileas
Bach, Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R
Myeongho Lee, piano 29 New York, NY
Student of Joanne Polk
Mozart, Concerto K. 466
Saba Salagishvili, piano 20 Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Nino Katamadze
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3, I Mvt.
Akiko Gomez, violin Thousand Oaks, CA
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1, III Mvt. and Sibiliuse, Concerto, III Mvt.

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