American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Concerto Competition 2013

International Concerto Competition 2013 was open to all instruments, including strings, piano, voice and winds.

Participants were required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition.



Winners performed on:

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Saturday, November 30, 2013 (Thanksgiving Weekend) at 3:30 PM and 8:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City



International panel of qualified judges evaluated audition materials. All judges were independent, and their students were not allowed to apply this season.

The concert pianist and teacher Ms. Irina Kaufman-Brookes (U.K./Russia) was invited as a Chairwoman of the Concerto Competition 2013. 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.

International Concerto Competition 2013 Results:

$1,000 Grand Cash Prize Winners (split)

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Esther Liao, 16, from Houston, TX, began her piano studies at age four and won her first competition at age six. She was also the youngest participant and prize winner ever to the Houston Symphony League youth concerto competition at age of nine. Esther’s orchestral debut at age 9 with the Houston Symphony were followed by invitations to perform multiple times as the soloist with the Houston Symphony, and her Gold Medal awarded concert in 2010. In June 2012, after she captured the Gold Medal of the 10th Annual Lynn Harrell south regional concerto competition, Esther was invited as soloist to perform with the Dallas Symphony. Esther has appeared as a Houston Young Artist to perform at the Houston Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Stude Concert Hall at Rice University, and the International Festival of the Round Top Institute, TX. She was also invited by Chinese Education Center to present solo recitals at the Gulangyu Music Hall, Steinway Hall (NY) and Fort Bend Music Center in Houston. In 2012, Esther was featured on the National Public Radio program From the Top.

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Sohyang Yoo, 24, from New Haven, CT, began to study cello at the age of 8. In 1997, she won the Suk-myung University competition. In 2000, she won the Eumak Chunchu competition and had winner recital at Ho-am Art Hall. Same year, She won Dahan Children music competition. In 2001, Ms. Yoo entered Yewon Arts Middle School and studied with Ji-sook Shin. In 2003, she won Ehwa and Kyunghyang competition and had winner recital at Kumho Art Hall. In 2004, Ms. Yoo entered Seoul Arts High School. In 2006, she got prizes at Baroque competition, Sekye illbo competition, The Music competition, Sung-shin University competition, and Han-kook illbo competition. In 2007, she entered Seoul National University and studied with Chung-shim Baeck. In 2010, Ms. Yoo won The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra competition and got second prize at Korean Herald Newspaper competition. She had a recital in Seoul national University. In 2012, Ms. Yoo entered Yale School of Music where she studies Master of Music with Aldo Parisot

$320 Scholarship Award Winner

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Brielle Perez, 11, from Oradell, NJ, attends The Palisades School of Music in Fort Lee, NJ, and is a student of Michael Thomopoulos. Brielle’s past awards include a number of first and grand prizes at many competitions, such as Prima Artists Competition, Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, The Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, National League of Performing Arts Young Musicians Showcase, to list just a few.

Winners by Category

Category 12 and under
First Place Winners
Dylan Wang, piano9Brookline, MA
Student of Anna Nikolaevsky  
Bach, Concerto No. 4, BWV 1055, I – III movements  
Michelle Stern, violin9Douglaston, NY
Student of Anna Heifetz  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, V Mvt. Rondo-Allegro  
John Zhao, piano10Midvale, UT
Student of Dr Ning Lu and Dr Jie Lu  
Mozart, K459 No. 19, I Mvt.  
Wiley Skaret, piano10Oakton, VA
Student of Dr. Marjorie Lee  
Kabalevsky, Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 50, III Mvt.  
Brielle Perez, piano11Oradell, NJ
Student of Michael Thomopoulos  
Saint Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 22, I Mvt.  
David Kwak, violin11Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole  
Haeun Moon, violin11Woodway, TX
Student of Dr. Julia Hardie  
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto in C Major Op.48, II and II Mvt.  
Hayoung Moon, cello11Woodway, TX
Student of Gary Hardie  
Haydn, Cello Concerto in C Major, II and III Mvt.  
Masha Lakisova, violin11Vernon Hills, IL
Student of Drew Lecher  
Mendelssohn, Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor, I Mvt.  
Takumi Taguchi, violin11Bellevue, WA
Student of Mihoko Hirata and Simon James  
Mendelssohn, Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor, I Mvt.  
Joseph Wong, violin12Cupertino, CA
Student of Mrs. Jenny Rudin  
Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28  
Juhee Kim, violin12Harrington Park, NJ
Student of Sunyoung Lee  
Mozart, Violin Conceto No. 4, I Mvt.  
Julia Angelov, violin12Washington, DC
Student of Olga Khroulevitch  
Mendelssohn, Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor, I Mvt.  
Matthew Hakkarainen, violin12Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Student of Huifang Chen and Maree Sawhney  
Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro  
Bruch, Violin Concerto in G minor  
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto in C Major  
Rachelle Huh, violin12Demarest, NJ
Student of Ms. Sooji Oh  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, I Mvt.  
Second Place Winners
François Gizycki, cello10Shanghai, China
Student of Xue Wen Gao  
Saint-Saens, Concerto No. 1 in A Minor  
Joshua Lin, violin11Morganville, NJ
Student of Jung Won Yoon  
Mozart, Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216  
Alyssa Kim, violin12River Edge, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Bruch, Concerto in G Minor, I Mvt.  
Eugene Choo, violin12Haymarket, VA
Student of Mr. Ricardo Cyncynates  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K.211  
Eugene Choo, piano12Haymarket, VA
Student of Dr. Artur Aksenov  
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Third Place Winners
Mak Mihevc, piano9Ljubljana, Slovenia
Student of Lidija Malahotky Haas  
Mozart, Concerto No. 12, in A Major, K414, I Mvt.  
Sylvan Zhang, violin9Stillwater, OK
Student of Dr. Laura Talbott  
Mendelssohn, Concerto Op. 64 in E Minor, I – III Mvt.  
Yuri Taguchi, piano10Mamaroneck, NY
Student of Dr. Irena Portenko  
Mozart, Piano Concerto K.V.466 in D Minor, I Mvt.  
Kevin Xu, piano11Shoreham, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta  
Kabalevsky, Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 50, III Mvt.  
Neerav Kumar, clarinet12White Plains, NY
Student of Larry Guy  
Stamitz, Concerto No. 3 in B Flat Major, II and III Mvt.  
Honorable Mention
Andrew Lin, piano8Overland Park, KS
Student of Ying-Yu Emily Yeh  
Haydn, Concerto in C, I Mvt.  
Augustin Wright, piano10West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Rebecca Kelly  
Kabalevski, Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 50  
Hyun Gyu Seo, violin12Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Jungwon  
Mozart, Concerto No. 4 In D major, K.218  
Rachel Cheng, piano12Monroe, NJ
Student of Robin Freund – Epstein and Hong Wang  
Kabalevsky, Concerto No. 3 in D Major Op. 50  
Category 13 – 17
First Place Winners
Mary Anne Lee, piano13San Marcos, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin  
Kabalevsky, Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 50, I Mvt.  
Joshua Henderson, violin14Raleigh, NC
Student of Mr. Lynn Chang  
Saint Saens, Concerto in B minor Op. 61 No. 3, I Mvt.  
Michael Xiao, piano14Pleasant Grove, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox  
Liszt, Totentanz  
Sherry Tang, piano14Monterey Park, CA
Student of Michelle Jo Santoso  
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Szuyu Su, piano14Tainan City, Taiwan
Student of Chaoyin Chen  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 Op. 58, I Mvt.  
Alison Jin, piano15Pepper Pike, OH
Student of Ella Karasik  
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor, I Mvt.  
Flora Li, violin15San Diego, CA
Student of Fei Fei Soong  
Tschaikovsky, Violin Concerto, III Mvt.  
Mimi Meng, piano15Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Yin, Yellow River Piano Concerto, IV Mvt.  
Qingxi Meng, piano15New York, NY
Student of Victoria Mushkatkol  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 5 Op.43  
Ben Su, piano16Langley, Canada
Student of Bernard Duerksen and Leslie Janos  
Mozart, Piano concerto No. 12 in A Major, K414  
Cathy Zhang, piano16Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Ning Lu and Jie Lu  
Mozart, Concerto in D Minor  
Christopher Gao, cello16Long Grove, IL
Student of Hans Jensen  
Elgar, Concerto in E-minor, IV Mvt.  
Esther Liao, piano16Houston, TX
Student of Mr. Scott Holshouser  
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3, I Mvt.  
James Chen, piano16Demarest, NJ
Student of Sheryl Canellakis  
Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, I. Mvt.  
Lisa Dong, cello16Ladera Ranch, CA
Student of Sarah Koo  
Bloch, Schelomo (cut version)  
Travis Chen, cello16Palo alto, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Prokofiev, Sinfonia Concertante, I Mvt.  
Vinson Luo, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Bella Tseng  
Beethoven, Concerto No. 2, III Mvt.  
Yun Ta Tsai, cello16Walnut, CA
Student of Vahe Hayrikyan  
Haydn, Cello Concerto in D Major Op. 101, I Mvt.  
Daniel Karasik, piano17Beachwood, OH
Student of Ella Karasik  
Gershwin, “I Got Rhythm” Variations for Piano and Orchestra  
Hoseon Sue Choi, violin17Devon, PA
Student of Guillaume Combet  
Bruch, Violin Concerto, I Mvt.  
Karen Asatryan, clarinet17Lubertsi, Russia
Student of prof. Rafael Bagdasaryan  
Weber, Clarinet Concerto No. 2 Op. 74, I – III Mvts.  
Stephen Xi, violin17Plano, TX
Student of Ronald Neal  
Tchaikovsky, Concerto in D Major Op. 35, I Mvt.  
Tong Wang, piano17Edmonton, Canada
Student of Bruce Brubaker and Boris Konovalov  
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor  
Second Place Winners
Sean Lim, violin13McLean, VA
Student of Olga Khroulevitch  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 22, II Mvt.  
Vikram Kalghatgi, violin13Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Deborah Buck  
Bruch, Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Op. 26  
Billy Wu, piano14Bellevue, WA
Student of Michi Hirata North  
Grieg, Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Eugene Cho, piano14Ashland, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima  
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Evelyn Mo, piano14Oak Hill, VA
Student of Thomas Mastroianni  
Chopin, Concerto in E Minor Op. 11  
Juncen Wang, piano14Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Ning Lu and Jie Lu  
Mozart, Concerto in A Major, K. 488  
Kana Yoshigi, piano14Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Vera Oussetsukaia-Watanabe  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Op. 37, I Mvt.  
Margaret Ivory, violin14Holladay, UT
Student of Eugene Watanabe  
Beethoven, Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, III Mvt.  
Irene Jeong, cello15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, I Mvt.  
Katie Zhou, violin15Westport, CT
Student of Asya Meshberg  
Tchaikovsky, Concerto Op. 35, I Mvt.  
Mikaela Chang, violin15Closter, NJ
Student of Yujeong Lee  
Sibelius, Concerto in D Minor Op. 47  
Nicholas Suminski, piano15Williamsburg, MI
Student of Michael Coonrod  
Mendelssohn, Concerto in G minor, III Mvt.  
Noe Baladad, piano15Honolulu, HI
Student of Dr. Thomas Yee  
Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22, I Mvt.  
Samantha Lee, cello15Irvine, CA
Student of Sarah Koo  
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.  
Samuel Primack, Flute15Lodi, CA
Student of Carole Romans  
Mozart, Concerto in G Major, I Mvt.  
Stephen Wang, piano15Bellaire, TX
Student of John Weems  
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Yejin Choi, Flute15Ellicott city, MD
Student of Rachel Choe  
Chaminade, Chaminade Concertino for Flute  
Yun Teng, violin15Camas, WA
Student of Katheryn Gray  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.  
Athena Tsianos, piano16Glendora, CA
Student of Bernadene Blaha  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 1  
Derek Cheung, piano16Scarsdale, NY
Student of Irina Portenko  
Rachmaninoff, First Concerto Op. 1 in F Sharp Minor  
Yunheng Zhu, piano16San Diego, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin  
Rachmaninoff, Second Piano Concerto, Op. 18, I Mvt.  
Juneho Kim, cello17Mobile, AL
Student of Alexander Russakovsky  
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, IV Mvt.  
Sara Barone, piano17Providence, RI
Student of Ya-Fei Chuang  
Mendelssohn, Concerto No. 1, I and III Mvts.  
Solomon Oak, violin17Harrington Park, NJ
Student of Dr. Yu Jeong Lee  
Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, I Mvt.  
Preston Jordan Lim, cello17Vancouver, BC
Student of Joseph Elworthy  
Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations Op. 33  
Third Place Winners
Alina Zheng, cello13Lawrence, KS
Student of Edward Laut and Steven Elisha  
Haydn, Cello Concerto in D Major, I Mvt.  
Brahms, Cello Sonata in E Minor, I and II Mvts.  
Kayla Kim, cello14Saratoge, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor, II Mvt.  
Yoko Rosenbaum, piano14Santa Monica, CA
Student of Mary Ann Cummins  
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor  
Joanne Do, violin15Irvine, CA
Student of Yookyung Oh  
Saint Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, I Mvt.  
Nicole Chang, piano15Park City, UT
Student of Gary Amano and Cassandra Broadhead  
Liszt, Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra  
Luran He, piano16South Setauket, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5, III Mvt.  
Anna Schwartz, oboe17Longmeadow, MA
Student of Peter Smith  
Besozzi, Oboe Concerto in C Major  
Joana Gonzalez, piano17Southwest Ranches, FL
Student of Ana Rodriguez  
Khachaturian, Piano Concerto Op. 38 No. 1  
Honorable Mention
Michelle Hu, piano13South Setauket, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta  
Mendelssohn, Concerto in G Minor Op. 25, I Mvt.  
Sang Jun Park, piano15Fort Wayne, IN
Student of Alexander Klepach  
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54, I Mvt.  
Grace Chen, piano16San Diego, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37, III Mvt.  
Justin Lee, violin16Duluth, GA
Student of Mr. William Pu  
Glazunov, I – III Mvts.  
Vijay Reddy, cello16Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Sarah Koo  
Haydn, Concerto in C Major  
Benjamin Lei, violin17Poughkeepsie, NY
Student of Betty-Jean Hagen  
De Bériot, Concerto No. 1 in D Major Op. 16, I Mvt.  
Category College students and professional musicians
First Place Winners
Amir Safavi, violin21New York, NY
Student of Catherine Cho  
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, I Mvt.  
Cheng Gu, violin21Oberlin, OH
Student of Milan Vitek  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto  
Jordan Thomas, harp22Baltimore, MD
Student of Ruth Inglefield  
Ginastera, Harp Concerto, I – III Mvts.  
Alvin Lane, Marimba23Naperville, IL
Student of Ben Wahlund and James Campbell  
Sejourne, Concerto for Marimba and Strings  
Suvida Neramitaram, piano24San Francisco, CA
Student of Mack McCray  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5, I Mvt.  
Sohyang Yoo, cello24New Haven, CT
Student of Aldo Parisot  
Elgar, Cello Concerto Op. 85  
Sho Omagari, violin25New York, NY
Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Op. 77, I Mvt.  
Jinghua Pu, piano26Arlington, VA
Student of Dr. Ivo Kaltchev  
Britten, Piano Concerto Op. 13, I Mvt.  
Seo Hee Byun, violin26Urbana, IL
Student of Nelson Lee  
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, I Mvt.  
Ah Yeon Jung, piano27Allston, MA
Student of Gila Goldstein  
Beethoven, Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major Op. 73, I – III Mvts.  
Hsiao Ying Lin, piano29Baltimore, MD
Bartók, Piano Concerto No. 3  
Jinseo Joo, piano29Bloomington, IN
Student of Emile Naoumoff  
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G Major  
SeHee Jin, piano29Rochester, NY
Student of Natalya Antonova and Jean Barr  
Rachmaninoff, Concerto in D Minor No. 3  
Heeyeon Chi, piano30Brookline, MA
Student of Prof. Boaz Sharon  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto Op. 37 No. 3 in C Minor  
Takeaki Miyamae, flute46Pittsburgh, PA
Ibert, Flute Concerto, I Mvt.  
Second Place Winners
Sheeyoun Woo, cello22Philadelphia, PA
Student of Hai-ye ni and Udi Bar-David  
Schumann, Cello Concerto Op. 129, I Mvt.  
Yao Lin, piano25DeKalb, IL
Student of William Goldenberg and William Koehler  
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22  
Yu Yin Wang, piano28Athens, GA
Student of Evgeny Rivkin  
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A Op. 54  
Gyuhyun Han, violin29Westerville, OH
Student of Kia-hui Tan and Leonid Polonsky  
Sibelius, Violin Concerto, III Mvt.  
Hyunah Chang, violin30Boston, MA
Student of Peter Zazofsky  
Busoni, Violin Concerto Op. 35a in D Major  
Alexander Chernov, piano37Ekaterinburg, Russia
Student of Evgeny Levitan  
Mozart, Concerto No. 9 Es-dur for Piano and Orchestra  
Dmitri Peysel, violin43Yekaterinburg, Russia
Mendelssohn, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, II and III Mvts.  
Third Place Winners
Joohyun Lee, violin18Hopewell Jct, NY
Student of Susan Waterbury  
Barber, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, I Mvt.  
Hye Bin Song, piano26Rochester, NY
Student of Natalya Antonova  
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 3  
Kyung Min Kang, cello28Little rock, AR
Student of Myunghee, Jeon  
Dvorak, Cello Concerto in B Minor Op. 104, III Mvt.  
Soo Eun Choi, piano29Iowa City, IA
Student of Uriel Tsachor and Rene Lecuona  
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor  
Minhyuk Kim, trumpet30Denton, TX
Nepomuk Hummel, Concerto for Trumpet in E Flat Major  
Pang Yen Chang, piano34New Taipei City, Taiwan
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2, I – III Mvts.  
Honorable Mention Winners
Mihyun Lee, piano28Columbus, OH
Student of Prof. Caroline Hong and Prof. Maria Staeblein 
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Op. 43  
Amateur Category
Second Place Winners
Christine Ciuffreda, piano25Watchung, NJ
Student of Beatrice Long  
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Op. 43  
Honorable Mention
Yuka LaTulippe, piano25League City, TX
Student of Dr. Martha Braswell  
Grieg, Concerto in A Minor, I Mvt.  
Allison Jiang, violin8Glenview, IL
Student of Zhengyu Wu and Desiree Ruhstrat  
Cameren Williams, viola12West Palm Beach, FL
Student of Belen Clifford and Nancy Beebe  
Maureen Rendon, piano14Laredo, TX
Student of Yu-Mei Huang  
Suproteem Sarkar, piano15Wayne, PA
Student of Joy Miller Kiszely  
Brandon Juhyeok Kim, french horn17Denton, TX
Student of Patrick Hughes and Li Zhi Yeoh  


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