American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Concerto Competition 2024

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.

The largest number of musicians in American Protégé history applied for this year’s Concerto Competition. They hailed from 9 countries, including: different parts of the U.S., Australia, Canada, Malta, Republic of Georgia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.



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



Since the situation with Global Health Crisis is still uncertain, winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

$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) was invited as a Chairwoman of the Concerto Competition 2024. A graduate from the 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 2024 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

Native of Slovenia, Petra Peršolja graduated with DMA degree in Piano Performance from the University of California Santa Barbara with the dissertation on the Istrian Scale, for which she received the UCSB Graduate Division Fellowship. Previously she was honored with the Young Artists Fellowship by Manchester Music Festival (Vermont), CAMA SB Masterclass with pianist Richard Goode, John Young Award, Dai Ho Chun Scholarship etc. Notably, she emerged as the winner of Chamber Music Competition at the University of California SB twice, while at the International Liszt Competition in Los Angeles she was awarded second place. Her early achievements include the Brahms Award at the International Music Competition Francesco Forgione in Italy, third prize at the NJMTA competition in Princeton, Scarlatti Award and two Gold medals at the National Competition for Young Musicians of Slovenia.

Seogyeom Kim, a cellist, is a junior at Columbus High School in Georgia, and he began his cello studies at the age of 9. Throughout his musical endeavor, Seogyeom was chosen as principal cellist for the 2023 Youth Orchestra Los Angeles National Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, the North Georgia Honors Orchestra, the Muscogee County District Honors Orchestra, and the Columbus High School Advanced Orchestra. He was also elected vice president of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. He was honored to participate in Georgia’s Allstate Orchestra in 2023 and 2024, most recently chosen 4th chair in the 2024 Allstate Full Orchestra. Seogyeom was selected as a finalist for the Samuel Fordis Concerto Competition and, most recently, a semi-finalist for Georgia’s governor’s honors program (GHP) for music. Seogyeom has worked with the world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel and currently studies with cellist Ina-Petkova Apostolova.

Winners by Age Category

Age Group 12 and under:
Sophie Ma, piano7Denton, TX
Student of Lizhen Wu  
Isaac Berkovich, Piano Concerto Op. 44
Wilson Zhang, piano10Morrisville, NC
Student of Alice Zhao  
Thompson, Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.
Ethan Chen, piano11Dallas, TX
Student of Lizhen Wu  
Haydn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Major
Harvey Wu, piano11Frisco, TX
Student of Lizhen Wu  
Haydn, Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D Major, I Mvt.
Karlsson Ong, cello11Singapore
Student of Natasha Liu  
Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49, I Mvt.
Cindy Chen, violin12Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Susanne  
Haydn, Konzert in G  
Jingwen Zhang, violin12Redmond, WA
Student of Yuan Fang  
Accolay, Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Jinyao (Audrey) Zhou, violin12Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Barber, Violin Concerto Op. 14, I Mvt.
Shandra Qiu, violin12Round Rock, TX
Student of Dr. Chu Chu  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1, III Mvt.
William J. Kim, cello12Weston, MA
Student of Ronald Lowry  
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; I Mvt.
Woojin Oh, cello12Frisco, TX
Student of Jinsun Choi  
Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op 33, I Mvt.
Chia Hsi Hsu, piano8New Taipei City, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K. 414, III Mvt.
Gabrijel Cordina, piano8Qala, Malta
Student of Irina Fedcenko Carbonaro  
Haydn, Concertino in C  
Skyler Ethan Lin, piano9Taipei, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Hayden, Piano Concerto in F Major Hob XVIII:F1, I Mvt.
Nian Tingxu, viola10China
Student of Zhuqing Zhang  
Walton, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Eunice Yeung, violin11Hayward, CA
Student of Amy Liu    
Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
John Foo, violin11Singapore
Student of Alan Sharipov  
Bach, Concerto in A Minor, 1st Mvt , BWV1041  and Vivaldi, Four Seasons Summer, Concerto in G Minor, III Mvt.
Zoe Fong, cello11Bronxville, NY
Student of Peter Seidenberg  
 Casadesus – J. C. Bach, Concerto in C Minor, I Mvt.
Adriana Ossi, violin12Jacksonville, FL
Student of Melissa Barrett  
Vivaldi, Concerto Autumn, RV 293, Mvt. I, II, III
Jei Park, violin8Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yaeri Choi  
Vivaldi, Concerto in A Minor, Op. 3, No. 6, I Mvt.
Aiden Lee, cello9Belmont, MA
Student of Bonnie Black  
Jean Baptiste Braval, Rondo from Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Chih Heng Chang, piano9Taipei, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Bach, Piano Concerto in E Major, BWV 1053, III Mvt.
Li Qinxuan, violin9Beijing, China
Student of Zhuqing Zhang  
Seitz, Student Concerto No. 4 Op. 15, I Mvt.
Yunjin (Lily) Chen, piano10Arcadia, CA
Student of Roger Wright  
Mozart, Concerto No. 23, II Mvt,
Alexandra Kusumah, double bass11Blackburn North, Australia
Student of Hamish Gullick  
Francois Rabbath, Ode D’Espagne
Eun Lee, violin12San Diego, CA
Student of Chi-Yuan Chen  
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216. I Mvt.
Winstone Lu, violin12Irvine, CA
Student of Wendy Hua  
Beriot, Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 104
Kingstone Lu, violin7Irvine, CA
Student of Wendy Hua  
Rieding, Concerto in G Major  
Shitong Guo, violin10East Maitland, Australia
Student of Zhuqing Zhang  
Komarowski, Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Piano, I Mvt.  
Yichen Li, piano10Beijing, China
Haydn, Piano Concerto in F Major Hob XVIII, F1, III Mvt.
Katie Hsu, piano11Taipei, Taiwan
Student of Mary Ko  
Haydn, Piano Concerto in G Hob: XVIII:9
Ishani Ganguly, violin12Ellicott City, MD
Student of Nina Li  
Bach, Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
Age Group 13 to 18:
Eli Breydo, piano13New York, NY
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K.488, I Mvt.
Jacob Xu, cello13Falls Church, VA
Student of Eunice Inhwa Lee  
Saint-Saens, Concerto No. 1, Op. 33
Ingyung Jung, flute14Mountain View, CA
Student of Tina Kim  
Mozart, Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K.313
Brooklynn Thatcher, violin15Elgin, SC
Student of Eugene Watanabe  
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, I and II Mvt.
Cary Wang, piano15New Canaan, CT
Student of Jeffrey Cohen  
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16, III Mvt.
Claire Wang, violin15Skillman, NJ
Student of Elizabeth Faidley  
Glazunov, Violin Concerto, III Mvt.
Julia Zhang, violin15Bellevue, WA
Student of Professor Yuan Fang  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor
Nicole Lin, violin15Walnut, CA
Paganini, Violin Concerto No. 2, III Mvt. and Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor, III Mvt.
Allison Tsai, flute16San Jose, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou  
Hisatada Otaka, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, I Mvt.
Annelise Im, cello16Dublin, CA
Student of Jehan Han  
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor
Brandon Diep, cello16San Diego, CA
Student of Lu-Yan Guo  
Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, Allegro non troppo
Ethan Shin, violin16Cresskill, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Saint Saens, Concerto No 3. in B Minor
Jessica Zhuang, violin16Edmonton, Canada
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Kathy Wang, flute16Saratoga, CA
Student of Ming Li  
Charles Griffes, Poem  
Seogyeom Kim, cello16Fortson, GA
Student of Ina Petkova Apostolova  
Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso
Xinyan Shi, violin16Cupertino, CA
Student of Lixin Chen  
Dvorak, Concerto in A Minor, I Mvt.
Yoonseo Linda Lee, violin16Phoenix, AZ
Student of Susanne Rothaar  
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole  
Angelina Wu, cello17Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Ling Yan  
Dvorak, Cello Concerto in B Minor and Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor
An-Po Chen, violin17San Jose, CA
Student of Imant Airea  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, I Mvt.
Carson Bosita, piano17Dallas, TX
Student of Dr. Bret Serrin  
Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, I Mvt.
Kristy Luk, cello17Hong Kong
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor, III Mvt.
Ethan Zhuang, violin14Amherst, NY
Student of Zijun Huang  
Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
Rachel Wang, violin14Charlotte, NC
Student of Tatiana Karpova  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, I Mvt.
Derek Li, alto saxophone15Bothell, WA
Student of Chen Wang and Anthony Sun  
Paul Creston, Alto Saxophone Concerto, I Mvt.
Hannah Lee, flute15Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Yong-mi Choi  
Reinecke, Flute Concerto Op. 283, III Mvt.
Jay Lee, flute15San Jose, CA
Student of Tina Kim  
Mozart, Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313
Keerthisri Kannan, flute15Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Robert P’orecca  
Mozart, Concerto in G Major  
Lynzie Lim, flute15Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Yongmi Choi  
Reinecke, Flute Concerto in D Major
Adora Xiao, violin16San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin  
Bruch, Concerto No. 1, I Mvt. and Mozart, Concerto No. 5, I Mvt.
Bhavya Babbellapati, cello16Fremont, CA
Saint Saens, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor Op. 33, I Mvt.
Christopher Zhu, violin
16Jericho, NY
Sudent of Joenne Dumitrascu  
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto, II Mvt.  
Lucy Chang, viola16Miller Place, NY
Student of Karen Ritscher  
Stamitz, Viola Concerto in D Major Op. 1
Shu Ying Chong, violin16Austin, TX
Student of Serafim Serafimov  
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22, III Mvt.
Vikram Vallabhanath, cello16Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-jin Kim  
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, I Mvt.
Wesley Chen, violin16Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Tunde Gaal  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
Ziyun Pei, flute16Sammamish, WA
Student of Lv Jia  
Chaminade, Concertino for Flute and Piano
Austin Oh, voice17Montgomery, AL
Student of Dr. Sarah Wee and Dr. Sallye York
Florence Price, An April Day  
Edward Yun, violin15Pleasanton, CA
Student of James Choi  
Beriot, Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 104, I Mvt.
Natalie Kim, flute15Los Gatos, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco  
Mozart, Andante in C Major, K 315
William Jin, piano15Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova  
Tschaikowsky, Concerto No. 1  
Sarah Kang, cello16Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Lila Yang  
Saint Saens, Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
Yoav Ovrutsky, piano13Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova  
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 in D Minor
Wynn Huang, piano14Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Rozina Tenenbaum  
Bach, Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971, Allegro
Ian Kang, violin15Baltimore, MD
Student of Emily Jane Price Magin  
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, I Mvt.
College students and professional musicians
Jeremi Lukanus, piano22Johnson City, TN
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Mauricio Starosta, piano48Austin, TX
Schumann, Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Petra Persolja, piano39Santa Clara, CA
Student of Jonathan Korth  
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, I Mvt.
Yong Mi Choi, flute44Yorba Linda, CA
Reinecke, Concerto Op. 283, III Mvt.
Chiao-Yu Wu, piano30Seattle, WA
Student of Robin McCabe  
Franck, Symphonic Variations  
Zijing Liu, violin17Bellevue, WA
Student of Dom Ivanovic and Yuan Fang  
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto E Minor, I Mvt.
Tobias Urban, piano18Princeton Junction, NJ
Student of Mika Nishimura-Abustan and Angelina Shapoval
Bach, Italian Concerto In F Major, BWV 971, I Mvt.  

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation



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 – 6 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. Each participant will be notified about the Competition results after the Chairwoman releases the Competition placements.

6. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protégé 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. 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.

9. During the COVID-19 Health Crisis, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to travel to NYC for the health safety reasons or due to the restriction, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a shipment of the Winner’s Package to the friends or relatives residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

10. All fees are not refundable.

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

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

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Deadline: June 10, 2024


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Deadline: October 10, 2024


Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2024

Deadline: October 25, 2024


Piano and Strings Competition 2025

Deadline: January 20, 2025


Concerto Competition 2025

Deadline: February 20, 2025