American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Concerto Competition 2020

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



Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in December 2020 and March – June 2021.

Special Awards were 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.

International Concerto Competition 2020 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

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Davit Darbinyan was born in 1995 in Uzbekistan, Tashkent.   He began learning to play clarinet at the age of 12 in Tbilisi No. 2 Central Musical School. His musical talent was manifested very young ages, therefore he participated in many international competitions. He played with Tbilisi Youth Orchestra, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and he also performed with Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Davit also had solo concerts and he took master classes with world’s famous musicians. From 2013, he studied in Tbilisi State Conservatory in Professor David Jishkariani’s class. Until today he studies there in Master’s degree program. At the age of 15 Davit was working at Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, and 16 years old Davit was playing in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. Nowadays he is principal clarinetist and soloist in Tbilisi Youth Orchestra.

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Anahit Stelmashova is 13 years old student of Prof. Nino Katamadze at the Central Musical College named after Evgeny Mikeladze in Tbilisi. Anahit is a scholarship holder of such foundations as the «SOS – Talents» (France) and the «Atken Armenian» (Canada). Anahit is a prize winner of the «Future Stars» International Competition (Italy) and of the Arno Babajanyan International Competition for Junior and Young Pianists (Armenia, 2nd prize). She is also the Ghand prix holder of the «Batumi Music Fest» (Georgia) and a laureate of the «New Names of Armenia» Festival (Armenia). «Silver Nutcracker 2019» of XX International Television Contest for Young Musicians «The Nutcracker» (Russia). Anahit’s hobby is karate.

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Anthony Yang, age 12, is in the 7th grade Horizons Program at Randolph IB Middle School, Charlotte, NC. He has been studying piano with Mrs. Irena Hramenkova since the age of 6. He has won numerous awards in regional and state piano solo and concerto competitions.  He was the 1st place winner in the 2018 American Protégé Piano concerto Competition and he performed a solo at Carnegie Hall. He also won 1st place in the 2019 Steinway piano competition at Junior Division. At the end of 2019, he won III prize in the IV Future Stars International Piano Competition in the category “Young Musicians”. He received the Glenn Alexander Gurley memorial scholarship for winning 2019 piano concerto competition. 

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Ayla Moreno began playing piano and violin at the age of 3 and currently studies piano with Dr. Svetlana Arakelova. She has been invited to perform at various venues including Japanese Festival, Tucson Folk Festival, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson Youth Talent Showcase and more. In 2017-2018, Ayla won first places at the Merit Scholarship Competition by TMTA and medals at the James R. Anthony Honors Recital by TSMTA for two years in a row. Also she earned Judge’s Honorable Commendation at the Young Artists Competition by Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  When she was 6, Ayla won first place at the Young Artists Competition and performed Berkovich Piano Concerto with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.  

Winners by Age Category

Age Group 12 and under:
Yang-Chen Yu, piano6Keelung City, Taiwan
Haydn, Haydn Concerto in F major Hob XVIII, F1, III Mvt.
Hailey Chan, piano7San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Alexandr Skliutovsky and Tamara Meltser
Berkovich, Concerto for Piano No. 2 Op. 44, II and III Mvts.
Ayla Moreno, piano8Tucson, AZ
Student of Svetlana Arakelova  
Mozart, Piano concerto No.1  
Maxwell Brown, violin8Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard  
Kabalevsky, Concerto in C Major, Op. 48, I Mvt.
Aiden Kim, cello10San Jose, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, I Mvt.
Anthony Yang, piano12Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova  
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor Op. 21, I Mvt.
Quanxi Wang, piano7Xi’an City, China
Student of Maro Ko  
Haydn, Piano Concerto in F Major H. XVIII  
Trinity Min-Jie Tsai, piano7Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Maro Ko  
Haydn, Piano Concerto in C major Hob XIV:3, II and III Mvt.
Ksenia Varela, voice9Oceanside, CA
Student of Rebecca Steinke  
Puccini, “O Mio Babino Caro”  
Yuhe Han, piano9Beijing, China
Student of Mary Ko  
Haydn, Piano Concerto in F major Hob X VIII:F22, III Mvt.
Yuan Jen Wong, piano9Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Mozart, Concerto No. 12, III Mvt.  
Julia Wang, piano10Rochester, MN
Student of Rosanna Nuguid and Dr. Horacio Nuguid
Haydn, Concerto in D Major, II Mvt.  
Sophia Jenkins, cello10Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Inbal Segev  
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb/1. Moderato
Claire Wang, violin11Skillman, NJ
Student of Siliang Meng  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216, I Mvt.
Elisabeth Namchevadze, piano11Stuttgart, Germany
Student of Noll Romuald  
Beethoven, Piano Concert No. 1 Op. 15, I Mvt.
Daniel Nam, violin
12Austin, TX
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K.218
Grace Kim, clarinet
12Seoul, South Korea
Student of YongGeun Lee  
Weber, Concertino in E Flat Major Op. 26, and Krommer, Clarinet Concerto No 1. Op. 36
Hannah Cho, oboe12Tustin, CA
Student of Victoria Lee  
Mozart, Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314  
Jhen-Jhe Yang, piano9New Taipei City, Taiwan
Haydn, Piano Concerto in F Major Hob XVIII:F2, I Mvt.
Anna Chuang, piano10Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Haydn, Concerto in D Major Hob. XVIII-11, III Mvt.
So-Yeon Smith, piano11Rochester, MN
Student of Rosanna Nuguid  
Haydn, Piano Concerto in D, I Mvt.  
Jerry Zhang, violin12Bellevue, WA
Student of Cristian Neacsu and Qian Yin Neacsu
Haydn, Violin Concerto in G major  
Johnston Lai, violin12Kirkland, WA
Student of Prof. Christian Neacsu and Dr. Qian Yin
Rieding, Concerto in G Major Op. 24, I Mvt.  
Abigail Fong, violin10Bronxville, NY
Student of Anca Nicolau  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, I Mvt.
Payton Smith-Holzbaur, viola10Philadelphia, PA
Student of Shelley Beard Santore  
Marcello, Sonata in G Major, II Mvt.  
Zaliah Siva Kumaran, violin10New York, NY
Student of Isaac Malkin  
Accolay, Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor  
Anabelle Lin, piano12Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Haydn, Concerto in G Major Hob. XVIII:4, III Mvt.
Bridget Su, piano12Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 6 In B Flat Major
Age Group 13 to 18:
Anahit Stelmashova, piano13Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Nino Katamadze and Nino Katamadze
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.
Bethany Yang, violin13Berwyn, PA
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, I Mvt.
Bryant Liu, violin13Hershey, PA
Student of Nikita Burakovskiy  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, I Mvt.
Gabriel Ghambashidze, piano13Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Tamar Jibghashvili and Merabi Sepashvili
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16, II and III Mvts.
Sophia Hackler, piano 13Red Bluff, CA
Student of Duane Hampton  
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, I Mvt.
Andrew Zhang, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, I Mvt.
Celina Chen, cello14San Jose, CA
Student of Sarah Hong  
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor op. 85  
Adam Lin, violin15Irvine, CA
Student of Eunhee Kim  
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Allison Yun, piano15Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Esther Keel  
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3, I Mvt.  
Caroline Ma, viola15Chandler, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Bach, Suite No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 I: Prelude
Dea Gverdsiteli-Abakelia, piano15Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Maia Beridze  
Schumann, Piano Concerto Op.54 in A Minor, I Mvt.
Louisa Ma, violin15Chandler, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21, I Mvt.  
Mirae Lee, oboe15Los Angeles, CA
Student of Bom An  
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Oboe Concerto in A Minor, I Mvt.
Sungkyu Ryu, clarinet Bb15San Jose, CA
Student of Juliana Tzeng  
Carl Stamitz, Clarinet Concerto No.3 in B flat Major, I Mvt.
Aidan Chau, clarinet16Jacksonville, FL
Student of Dr. Boja Kragulj and Ted Shistle  
Weber, Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 74, J. 118, III Mvt.
Anthony Qin, alto saxophone16Saratoga, CA
Student of Naoki Taniguchi and Jason Shiuan
Glazunov, Concerto for Alto Saxophone  
Christy Kim, violin16San Jose, CA
Student of Dr. Joo-Mee Lee  
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20  
Gabriella Foster, violin16Nesconset, NY
Student of Ann Setzer  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2, Romance  
James Song, violin16New Providence, NJ
Student of Oleg Pavlov  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole I and IV Mvt.  
Jay Kim, flute16Toronto, Canada
Student of Carol Savage  
Chaminade, Concertino  
Lauren Cho, cello16Los Angeles, CA
Student of Lauren Cho  
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme  
Lauren Shim, violin16Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Dr. Lee, Yu Jeong  
Vieuxtemps, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, I Mvt.
Minshin Kim, violin16Austin, TX
Student of Hyerin Kang  
Saint Saens, Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Samuel Powell, cello16Westport, CT
Student of Patrick Sohn  
Saint Saens, Cello Concerto No.1 Op. 33, I Mvt.
Timothy Chu, cello16San Diego, CA
Student of Lu-Yan Guo  
Elgar, Concerto in E minor Op.85, II Mvt.  
Nicole Yun, violin17Dublin, CA
Student of Ian Swensen and Eric Chin  
Sibelius, Violin Concerto No. 1, I Mvt. and Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1
Jayden Kim, violin14Las Vegas, NV
Student of Hyelin Jung  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor  
Allison Lee, oboe15Irvine, CA
Student of Bom An  
Kalliwoda, Concertino in F Major for Oboe & Orchestra, Op. 110, III Mvt.
Brandon Lee, viola15Chandler, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Weber, Andante e Rondo Ungarese  
Isabella Tang, flute15Potomac, MD
Student of Donna Dymond  
Cecile Chaminade, Concertino, Op. 107 and Gounod, Concertino
Lisa Lin, violin15Rowlett, TX
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Minseo Roh, oboe15Frisco, TX
Student of Haeun An  
Haydn, Oboe Concerto in C major  
Selina Tang, violin15Roslindale, MA
Student of Andrew Kohji Taylor  
Kabalevsky, Concerto in C Major, I Mvt.  
Tina Zhong, violin15Saratoga, CA
Student of Kwok-Ping Koo  
Barber, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Audrey Lee, violin16La Canada, CA
Student of Phillip Levy  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor, I Mvt.  
Celine Chien, violin16Saratoga, CA
Student of Elizabeth Park  
Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25, Introduction, I and IV Mvts.
Joshua Yun, cello16Syosset, NY
Student of Ryu, Jaydn  
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor  
Julia Lee, cello16Long Beach, CA
Student of In Woo Su  
Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 107
Justin Kim, cello16Oviedo, FL
Student of David Bjella  
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, IV Mvt.  
Ryan Shim, cello16Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Seojin Yang  
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85, IV Mvt.
Shirley Wang, viola16Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Walton, Viola Concerto, III Mvt.  
Yung-Sheng Lin, piano16Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko and Hui-pin Hsu  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto in C Minor No. 2, Op. 18, I Mvt.
Eunsuh Cho, violin17Austin, TX
Student of Hyerin Helen Kang  
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto in C Major, I Mvt.
Noah Ghosh, violin17Los Altos, CA
Student of Mary Ko  
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63, I Mvt.
Saba Tskhovrebadze, piano13Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Prof. Nino Katamadze  
Bach, Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056, II and III Mvts.
Una Chuang, piano13Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Mozart, Concerto No.21 in C Minor K.467, I Mvt.
Rachel Chen, piano14Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, I Mvt.
Athina Chen, violin15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Antoine Van Dongen  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, III Mvt.
Masako Yang, violin15Stanford, CA
Student of Tina Minn  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major K.218
Sarah Parigela, violin15Irvine, CA
Student of Dana Freeman  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole I Mvt.  
Brian Kim, viola16North Potomac, MD
Student of Sung Ah Min  
Hoffmeister, Concerto in D Major  
Eric Zhuo, piano16Murray, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Rubinstein, Concerto Op. 70 No. 4  
Antara Hebbar, piano17Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Anna Ouspenskaya  
Chopin, Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op. 21, I Mvt.
Elijah Van Camp-Goh, trombone17Wilmington, NC
Student of Jerald Shynett and John Ilika  
Ferdinand David, Concertino for Trombone and Piano in E Flat Major
Jihyun Hwang, violin17Diamond Bar, CA
Jeongeon Hwang, violin15Diamond Bar, CA
Yoojin Jo, piano15Fullerton, CA
Students of Dr. Kookhee Hong and Leslie Ho  
Bach, Double Violin Concerto in D minor, III Mvt.
Andersen Cheong, violin15Aliso Viejo, CA
Student of Noriko Yamaga  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, I Mvt.
Brian Nam, violin
15Austin, TX
Bach, Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV1041  
Carolyn Tran, piano15La Mirada, CA
Student of Frenda Yang  
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, I Mvt.
Dylan Hill-Joyce, voice15Richmond, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne  
Mozart, ‘Ridente la calma’ K.152  
Richard Lin, violin15Houston, TX
Student of Mary Song  
Lalo, Symphanie Espagnole Op. 21  
Michael Poulos, piano17New City, NY
Student of Sevgi Tekin  
Beethoven, Concerto No 2 in B Flat Major, II Mvt.
College students and professional musicians
Davit Darbinyan, clarinet24Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of David Jishkariani  
Weber, Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
Jeffrey Kautz, timpani25Dix Hills, NY
Student of Jason Haaheim and Jonathan Haas
Michael Daugherty, Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra
Shanice Aaron Aaron, piano25Sherman Oaks, CA
Student of Anli Lin Tong  
Lukas Richman, “In Truth” Piano Concerto, I Mvt.
Matthew Robinson, saxophone26Winnipeg, Canada
Henri Tomasi, Concerto, II Mvt. Giration  
Yin Zhang, piano27Lincoln, NE
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, I Mvt.
Zurab Nakeuri, voice27Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Natalia Volchenko  
Andrea Chenier, ”Nemico Della Patria”  
Yu Han, piano30East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras  
Strauss, Burleske for Piano and Orchestra  
HwaYoung An, piano33Boston, MA
Student of Paver Nersessian and Peter Frankl
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Ina Tevdoradze, violin33Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Tamar Bulia and Khatuna Tushmalishvili
Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 77  
Marina Kosterina, piano38Omsk, Russia
Student of Vladimir Tropp and Grigory Gordon
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
Matthew Kent Everett, piano49Spring, TX
Barber, Piano Concerto, Op. 38, I Mvt.  
Nuka Mtchedeladze, piano
19Brooklyn, NY
Student of Merab Ebralidze and Mtvarida Kipiani
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Flat Major
Jingwei Zhang, violin23Philadelphia, PA
Student of Meichen Barnes  
Bach, Partita No. 2 Giga in D Minor  
Jared Maucotel, violin24Austin, TX
Student of Brian Lewis  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, II and III Mvt.
Xizi Wang, voice24Philadelphia, PA
Student of Dr. Yu Chen and Dr. William Peng Wu
Mozart, Parto, Parto and Bizet, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
Yingting Qin, voice25Philadelphia, PA
Student of Randi Marrazzo and Yu Chen  
Mozart, Parto, Parto  
Mariam Pirtskhalaishvili, voice29Batumi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Tamaz Tseriashvili and Victoria Chaplinskaya
Verdi, ”Don Carlo” Aria Elisabeth of Valois. ”Tu che le vanita”
Shiqi Gu, piano31Tucson, AZ
Student of Tannis Gibson  
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, I Mvt.
Jiwon Lee, piano32Minneapolis, MN
Student of Timothy Lovelace and Lydia Artymiw
Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op.25
Evelyn Yan Hua Goh, piano27Singapore
Student of Josephine Koh  
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, I Mvt.
William (Liam) Gibb, violin25Cincinnati , OH
Student of Timothy Lees  
Ravel, Violin Sonata No. 2. Blues. Moderato and Shostakovich, Violin Concerto No. 1, Cadenza
Amateur Category:
Akiko Gomez, violin50+Thousand Oaks, CA
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1, I Mvt. and Ravel, Tzigane Rapsodie De Concert


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