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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.

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

  • 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.

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 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.

Winners:

NAMEAGECITY, STATE/COUNTRY
Age Group 12 and under:
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Kate Lee, piano6Vienna, VA
Student of Dr. Anna Ouspesnkaya
Alec Rowley, Miniature Concerto, I Mvt.
 and Berkovich, Piano Concerto. Op. 44, II Mvt.
Yushin Hirai, cello9Nishinomiya, Japan
Student of Shohei Uwamori 
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor Op.33
Lena Kim, violin10Los Angeles, CA
Student of Daniel Yoonjae Park and Sara Jin
Vivaldi, ‘Summer’ from the Four Seasons
Andrew Y. Kim, cello11Weston, MA
Student of Ronald Lowry
Kabalevsky, Cello concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.49, I Mvt.
Joseph Darcourt, cello12Merrick, NY
Student of John Popham
Haydn, Concerto in C Major: Moderato
and Massenet, Meditación de Thais
Lillian Feng, piano12Arcadia, CA
Student of Roger Wright
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K488 – I
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
Ellie Nguyen, piano10Vienna, VA
Student of Dr. Marjorie Lee
Mozart, Concerto in D Major, K175, I Mvt.
Kristie Lu, violin10Jericho, NY
Student of I-Hao Lee
G. B. Viotti, Concerto No. 22 in A Minor, I Mvt.
Alana Gao, violin11Willoughby, Australia
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, I Mvt.
Qi Chung, violin11Singapore
Student of Zhang Ying
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21, I Mvt.
Zack Lam, piano11Bethesda, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Bach, Keyboard Concerto No. 2, BWV 1053 in E major
THIRD PLACE WINNERS
Jihye Yun, violin6Winchester, 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, piano10Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko
Mozart, Concerto No. 12 in A major K.414, I Mvt.
He-You Chen, piano11Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko
Haydn, Concerto in D major, III Mvt.
HONORABLE MENTION
Shao-chi Lan, piano8Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko
Mozart, Concerto No. 27 in B major K. 595, II Mvt.
Seth Thomas, piano12Temecula, CA
Student of John Mario
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466
Yen-Wei Lu, piano12Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Fong Chan Hsu
Haydn, Piano Concerto in C major Hob XVIII, F1: III Mvt.
Age Group 13 to 18:
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
GiGi Chen, violin13Hong Kong
Student of Ting Fan
Bruch, Concerto No.1 in G Minor
Jennifer Kim, violin13Cupertino, CA
Student of Ann Kerobyan
Saint-Saëns, Concerto No. 3 Op. 61 in B Minor
Louisa Pang, violin13Wahroonga, Australia
Student of Yong Yang
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.
and Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, I Mvt.
Emily Lai, piano14Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Esther Keel
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3, I Mvt.
Kailey Suh, violin14Glendale, CA
Student of Daniel YoonJae Park
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K. 219
Lizi Basiladze, piano14Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Angela Dolaberidze
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 22, I mvt.
Lucas Chen, cello14Cupertino, CA
Student of Jihee Kim
Boccherini, Cello Concerto in B flat, I Mvt.
Theodore Pan, violin14San Jose, CA
Student of Ann Kerobyan
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21 in D minor, I Mvt.
Alanna Li, violin15Potomac, MD
Student of Elizabeth Faidley and Holly Hamilton
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22
Andrew Chang, cello15Fremont, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Saint-Saëns, Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Anjeli Macaranas, violin15Fresno, CA
Student of William Barbini
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, III Mvt.
Ashley Jimin Kim, violin15Seoul, South Korea
Student of Suny Lee
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major Op 35, III Mvt.
Kyle Wang, violin15San Diego, CA
Student of Feifei Soong
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
Sebin Bok, violin15Demarest, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee
Bruch, Violin Concerto No.1, Op.26
Timothy Liang, piano15Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Ning Lu and Jie Lu
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 22
Amy Suwannatat, piano16Port Washington, NY
Student of Pippa Borisy
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2 -1st Movement
April Chung, violin16Frisco, TX
Student of Phillip Lewis
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major
Brenton Zhang, cello16Orlando, FL
Student of David Bjella
Dvorak, Cello Concerto, I Mvt.
Emilee Kitmahawong, violin16New York, NY
Student of Min Sun Kim
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
Gvantsa Butskhrikidze, violin16Kutaisi, 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, piano16Midvale, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor Op. 23, I Mvt.
Sophia Zhang, violin16Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Joy Pan
Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61
Susan Le, piano17Westminster, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen
Chopin, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11, 3rd movement
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
William Lu, violin13Austin, TX
Student of Sandy Yamamoto
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26,  I and III Mvt.
Albert Su, piano14Burlingame, CA
Student of Heidi Hau
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 102, I Mvt.
Ivy Liang, flute15Rockville, MD
Student of Carolyn Oh
Reinecke, Concerto in D Major, Op. 283, III Mvt.
Jessica Lin, piano15Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Mozart, Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413
Timothy Chu, cello15San Diego, CA
Student of Lu-yan Guo
Boccherini, Boccherini Cello Concerto in Bb major
Vivian Xiao, piano15Boyds, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413
Ellie Chae, cello16San Ramon, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Herbert, Cello Concerto No. 2 in E Minor Op. 30, I Mvt.
Emily Qian, piano16Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1
Guihao Zhang, piano16Jeju-do, South Korea
Student of Kim Jin
Beethoven, Concerto III
Kazuki Tayama, cello16San Jose, CA
Student of Lucinda Lenicheck
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.
Maggie Chen, piano16Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Beethoven, Concerto Op.15 in C Major, III Mvt.
Natalie Nef, violin16Pleasant View, UT
Student of David Porter
Tchaikovsky, Concerto D Major 3rd movement
Wenyu Chen, flute16Cupertino, CA
Student of Ming Li
Doppler, Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy
Yu-Hsiang Wu, cello16Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, IV Mvt.
Daphne Nie, violin17Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Hongguang Jia
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, III Mvt.
Noni Patchett, violin17Pasco, WA
Student of Qian Yin
Barber, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
THIRD PLACE WINNERS
Jeff Kim, violin14Seoul, South Korea
Student of Yoonjae Choi and Mijin Park
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Mei-Chun Lin, piano14Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Hui-pin Hsu
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto in c minor No.2, Op.18 2nd mvt
Zerlina Lai, violin15Saratoga, CA
Student of Alan Chen
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
Carol Jiang, violin16Weston, FL
Student of Huifang Chen
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole Mvt. 1
Cassidy Chen, violin16Placentia, CA
Student of Sarkis Gyurgchyan
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K.219, I Mvt.
Jiwon Shim, cello16Tallahassee, FL
Student of Kim Jones
Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Minchae Kim, flute16Alhambra, CA
Student of Grace Shin
Saverio Mercadante,  Flute Concerto in E Minor
Yunbeen Bae, cello16Frisco, TX
Student of Jinsun Choi
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor Mvmt 1
Nuka Mtchedeladze, piano17Brooklyn, NY
Student of Merab Ebralidze and Mtvarida Kipiani
Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G-minor Op.22
Ariel Law, piano18Chandler, AZ
Student of Yali Luo
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, I Mvt.
HONORABLE MENTION
Jia-You Lu, piano13Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Fong Chan Hsu
Mozart, Concerto No.12 in A major K. 414, III Mvt.
Catherine Chu, violin14Palo Alto, CA
Student of Davis Law and Jason Chu
Mozart, Violin Concerto in D Major, I Mvt.
Jonathan Wang, piano14Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova
Mendelssohn, Concerto No 1 in G Minor Op. 25
Michelle Ding, piano15Missouri City, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 In D minor
College students and professional musicians
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Brandon Kelley, alto saxophone39Denton, 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, violin31Mountain View, CA
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnol, III Mvt.
Kyuwon Yoo, viola22Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Jeffrey Irvine
Hindemtith, Der Schwanendreher Viola Concerto
 and Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major, III Mvt.
Marita Pataraia, clarinet18Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of David Jishkariani
Weber, Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Major Op. 73, II and III Mvt.
Michael Min, piano29Minneapolis, MN
Student of Dr. Kyung Kim
Tchaikowsky, Piano Concerto No.1
Sendi Vartanovi, violin21Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Ketevan Tushmalishvili
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto D Major Op. 35, I Mvt.
SeongKyeong Kim, piano27Minneapolis, MN
Student of Paul Shaw
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Xiaodi Xu, harp27Tucson, AZ
Student of Michelle Gott
Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane
Xin Zhang, piano32Lexington, Kentucky
Student of Irina Voro and Joanne Polk
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.
Zhe Deng, violin24Cincinnati, OH
Student of Timothy Lees and Gabriel Pegis
Sibelius, Violin Concerto, I Mvt.
Zhuqing Zhang, viola26Cambridge, MA
Student of Michelle LaCourse
Walton, Concerto
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
Hui Lam Mak, flute21Denton, TX
Student of Dr. Mary Karen Clardy
Mozart, Concerto in D. II Mvt.
Jorge Ramos, piano30Lubbock, TX
Student of William Westney
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, I Mvt.
Lile Emnadze, piano20Kutaisi, 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, piano26Allston, MA
Student of Gila Goldstein
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor Op. 30, I Mvt.
Ensemble:
Carolyn Johnston, oboe30Atlanta, GA
Student of Dr. Lara Dahl
Cameron Richardson, violin23Atlanta, GA
Student of Christos Galileas
Bach, Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R
THIRD PLACE WINNERS
Myeongho Lee, piano29New York, NY
Student of Joanne Polk
Mozart, Concerto K. 466
Saba Salagishvili, piano20Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Nino Katamadze
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3, I Mvt.
Amateur
   THIRD PLACE WINNER
Akiko Gomez, violinThousand Oaks, CA
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1, III Mvt. and Sibiliuse, Concerto, III Mvt.

Other participants will receive Diploma of Participation


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

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 and 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 and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage.

9. Recital Fee for Ensemble Members is $250 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. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.

11. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

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

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