International Concerto Competition 2017

International Concerto Competition 2017 was open to all instruments, including strings, piano, voice and winds.

Participants were required to submit video/audio 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 performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:30 AM

$300 Scholarship and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges’ recommendations.


International panel of qualified judges are evaluating 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 2017. 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 2017 Results

Judges’ Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winners

Natasha Harper is a happy 11-year old. She lives and studies in Minsk, Belarus. Natasha started taking piano lessons at the age of 5. At age 8 she was admitted to Belarus Music College. Natasha has performed and competed locally and internationally. She has played a number of solo pieces in Belarus State Philharmonic over past 4 years, including an opportunity to play with Belarussian State Orchestra. In 2016, Natasha received 1st place in 2 categories at the United States International Duo Piano Competition (USIDPC) in Colorado Springs, CO. The same year she was awarded 1st prize in London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Piano Competition in chamber music category. She was invited to perform on stage in Royal Albert Hall in London in 2016. Natasha also plays violin, enjoys choreography and studies foreign languages. Natasha Harper
Olivia Yang, age 12, lives in Charlotte, NC, and is a seventh-grade student at Randolph middle school and has been studying the piano with Irena Hramenkova since the age of 5. She has participated in numerous local and state competitions and most recently has won the Grand Prize at the 2017 Young Artists Competition. She will perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the concert on May 14, 2017. She has won first prizes at Piano solo festival state scholarship competitions and Concerto competitions last few years. She also plays cello and composes music pieces. Her compositions recently received first prize in the 2017 State Federation Junior Composers Competition and her composition is now competing at the Regional Competition.
Olivia Yang 
Sarah Liu, age 12, has traveled across the country, performing on the violin in venues such as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C., the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in California, and the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Sarah completed her Advanced level Certificate of Merit for violin in 2016. She was the Grand Prize winner for the Satori Strings contest in 2015 and has won numerous awards from the Southwestern Youth Music Festival competitions. In 2016, she won first place in the Music Teacher’s Association Vocalists, Orchestral Instrumentalists and Chamber Music Ensembles (VOCE) regional competition. Sarah is also active as an orchestral player. From 2013 to 2015, Sarah served as Concertmistress of the Prelude Chamber Strings. In 2016, Sarah also served as Concertmistress of the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings. She currently studies violin under Eunhee Kim.  Sarah Liu
Manou Magdalena Chakravorty studies with Richard Hirschl of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She began cello lessons at the age of four with Karen Schulz-Harmon and has been fortunate to have taken classes with many eminent cellists including a master class by Yo-Yo Ma in 2014. Manou was the winner of the Chicago Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra’s 2016 Concerto Competition, giving her an opportunity to perform the Haydn Cello Concerto in 2017. She is a first prize winner of the Fall 2016 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and of the Indiana Summer String Academy 2015 Concerto Competition. She has placed in several other competitions including the DePaul Concerto Festival 2017, the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius (2011-2014) and performed as soloist in the US, Spain, Italy and Austria. Manou has played as principal cello of the CYSO Concert Orchestra during 2015-2017 and also studies piano with Ivana Bukvich. Manou Magdalena Chakravorty
Stephen Nishi, age 12, is a seventh grader at Sunnyvale Challenger School. He began taking violin lessons at the age of five, and after studying under Li Lin and Jenny Rudin, he is now student of Robin Sharp. Stephen has won numerous competitions including US Open, VOCE Competition, and ECYS Solo Competition. In addition to studying Chinese and Japanese languages, Stephen enjoys swimming, skiing, basketball, and computer games such as Minecraft. Stephen Nishi
Belle Wang is a 10th grader student from Mountain view high school, Mesa, AZ. She started to learn violin when she was 7. Belle has won numerous awards as the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition 2016, American String Teachers Association State Solo Competition 2015, Philadelphia International Music Festival Solo Competition 2015, and Chandler Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition in which Belle had her first solo debut with Chandler Orchestra in 2016.  Last year, her Trio won first place in American Protégé International Piano and String competition; they had first debut in Carnegie Hall. Belle is a grand prize winner in 57th Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians competition. Belle actively participates in Summer international music festival in past years to perform with outstanding young musicians around the world like Inter Harmony International Music Festival 2014, the Philadelphia International Music Festival in June 2015, and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival 2016. Belle is an active member of Phoenix Youth orchestra since 2011. She was also invited to participate in master classes with violinists Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet, Rachel Barton Pine, and Frank Huang of New York Symphony Orchestra. Belle Wang 
Jenny Yoon has been studying clarinet since she was 8 years old under the guidance of Yong Jae Kim and now Sergio Coelho. She has loved it ever since then, and her passion for clarinet has been shown through her various awards and honors. Jenny has numerous 1st place awards from the annual SYMF competition clarinet category and 2nd place in SYMF Young Artist Woodwind Category in 2015 for playing Weber clarinet concerto No.2. She obtained MTAC CM advanced Level 10 at the age of 14. She has also consistently been chosen to be part of the All-Southern California Honor Orchestra for last 4 years. Jenny has performed as a soloist with orchestra, and has participated in the Colburn Conservatory Wind Ensemble Los Angeles for 3 years, and now the member of Colburn Chamber Music Ensemble by Ed & Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute. Last summer, she participated in Interlochen Clarinet Institute and Interlochen summer high school orchestra. Currently, she is a sophomore in Harvard-Westlake high school and principal clarinetist in her school Symphonic Orchestra since 9th grade. She also loves to give her talent to our community so she received President Volunteer Gold Medal award twice through playing for many senior centers and local communities.  Jenny Yoon
Korean violinist Jinwoo Jung graduated from Seoul High school in Korea. He was an award winner in The University of Seoul competition and Seokyeong University competion. At the age of 16, he performed with the Bulgaria State Parzardzhik Orchestra. The following year, he was invited by the Russian ambassador to perform in Saint Petersburg; that same year, he performed in the Sejong International Music Festival. Most recently, he won the 2nd prize in both the New York Artists International Competition and the New York International Concours. He had the privilege to perform at the Winner Concert at Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium which became his debut in New York. Also, he got a Young Artist of International Grand Music Competition, so he performed in Merkin Concert Hall at Kufman Music Center. He attended several renowned festivals such as the Great Mountain Music Festival(GMMFS), Busan Music Festival(BMFS) and Sejong International Music Festival(SIMF). Mr. Jung also attended several master classes with Miriam Fried, Catherine Cho and Juyoung Baek in SIMF, Sungjoo Lee(Korea National University of Arts Faculty) in KNUA, Alexander Kerr(IU Faculty) in Indiana University at Bloomington. He has already performed in Miller Recital Hall for the MSM Composer’s Recital at Mahattan School of Music. Jinwoo Jung has studied with Namyoon Kim, Sangwoo Park, Jinsub Ryu and Yonggab Kim in Korea. He is currently studying with Koichiro Harada and Patinka Kopec in Mahattan School of Music. Jinwoo Jung, violin
Justina la Cour was born in Odense, Denmark in 1996.  At the age of 6 she was admitted to the National M. K. Ciurlionis school of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania and moved to Eastern Europe, where she lived and studied violin performance for 12 years. In this period, Justina became a laureate of 10 national and international music competitions, including 1st prize in 7th International Augusts Dombrovskis String Competition, 1st prize in 4th International Saulius Sondeckis Violin Competition and Grand Prix in 1st National Forum “Ars Lituanica” String Competition. Justina performed as a soloist with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Riga National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas National Symphony Orchestra, Klaipeda Music Theaters Orchestra, Sankt Christopher Chamber Orchestra etc.  She has played concerts and recitals in Studio Scenen DKDM, Copenhagen, Rennhof Castle, Germany, Riga National Philharmonic Hall, Latvia, Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall, Lithuania and appeared in such festivals as International Festival of Young Musicians and Pazaislis International Music Festival as well participated in Masterclasses with B. Garlitsky (France), S. Krylov (Italy) and L. Chang (USA). Justina la Cour


Age Group 12 and under:
Benjamin Luo, piano 8 Apex, NC
Student of Florence Ko    
Mozart, Piano Concerto No.12 in A Major, K.414. I Mvt.    
Ashley Foong Shu Yan, violin 10 Singapore
Student of Luo Wei    
Haydn, Violin Concerto in C Major, Hob.VIIa, I Mvt.    
and De Bériot, Violin Concerto No.9, Op.104    
Sophie Deng, cello 10 Stillwater, OK
Student of Meredith Blecha-Wells    
Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, I Mvt.    
Natasha Harper, piano 11 Minsk, Belarus
Student of Alexander Borovikov    
Bach, Concerto in F Minor    
Xinyu Wang, flute 11 San Marino, CA
Student of Amy Tsai    
J. J. Quantz, Flute Concerto in G Major, I Mvt.    
Ian  Barnett, violin 12 Key Biscayne, FL
Student of Scott Flavin    
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Op. 26    
Olivia Yang, piano 12 Charlotte, NC
Student of Irena Hramenkova    
Beethoven, Concerto No. 4, III Mvt.    
Sarah Liu, violin 12 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Eunhee Kim    
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor Op. 22, I Mvt.    
Isabella Liu, piano 8 Honolulu, HI
Student of Dr. Thomas Yee    
Kabalevsky, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, I Mvt.    
Emily Wu, piano 10 West Chester, PA
Student of Joy Kiszely    
Mozart, Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466    
Andrew Manzella, piano 11 Murrysville, PA
Student of Rodrigo Ojeda and Bilu Manzella    
Haydn, Concerto in D Major Hob. XVIII:11, I Mvt.    
Leo Chang, cello 12 Bellevue , WA
Student of Kai Chen     
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor Op. 85, I Mvt.    
Noah Chen, cello 12 Chicago, IL
Student of Laura Chen    
Saint-Saëns,  Molto Allegro    
Andrew Han, violin 12 Demarest , NJ
Student of Elizabeth Faidley     
Mozart, Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major K.216, I Mvt.    
Jasper Y. Ng, violin 6 Edmonton, Canada
Student of Dr. Bianca Baciu    
Rieding, Concerto in B Minor Op. 35    
Justin J. Ng, violin 9 Edmonton, Canada
Student of Frank Ho    
Oskar Rieding, Concerto in G Major Op. 24, I Mvt.    
and Vivaldi, Concerto in G Major Op. 3, No. 3, RV 310    
Catherine Chu, violin 12 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Chia-Hsin Chu    
Accolay, Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor    
Age Group 13 to 18:
Anastasia Barabanova, piano 13 Moscow, Russia
Student of Miroslava Marchenko    
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major,  Op. 15, II and III Mvt.    
Beatrice Chen, viola 13 Chicago, IL
Student of Paul Neubauer    
von Weber, Andante and Rondo Ungarese, Op. 35    
Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, cello 13 Chicago, IL
Student of Richard Hirschl    
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto in A Minor I Mvt and Coda    
Sora Hoppo, piano 13 Sewickley, PA
Student of Luz Manriquez    
Mendelssohn, Piano concerto No. 1 Op. 25, I Mvt.    
Stephen Nishi, violin 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Robin Sharp    
Bach, Violin Concerto No. 1    
Tiffanie Huang, piano 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Katherine Lee and Wei Xing    
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20 K 466, III Mvt    
Alexander Zhang, violin 15 Trumbull, CT
Student of Shan Jiang    
Veuxtemps, Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 37    
Chelsie Park, violin 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of E. Park    
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor    
Daniel (Jehoon) Yoo, cello 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Sarah Koo    
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, I Mvt.    
Fiona Cunninghame-Murray, violin 15 Reisterstown, MD
Student of Lenelle Morse    
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 48, I Mvt.    
Hannah Lee, cello 15 Cupertino, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim    
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.     
and Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, I Mvt.    
Jenny Yoon, Bb clarinet 15 Studio City, CA
Student of Yongjae Kim    
Von Weber, Clarinet Concerto No. 1, I Mvt.    
Katherine Guo, cello 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Jihee Kim    
Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor    
Maine Hoppo, violin 15 Sewickley, PA
Student of Hong-Guang Jia    
Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 Op. 61, I Mvt.    
Ryan Har, cello 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Eric Sung    
Elgar, Cello Concerto Op. 85, I Mvt.    
Sean Lee, cello 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh    
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, IV Mvt.    
and Dvorak, Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, III Mvt.    
Sophia Zheng, violin 15 West Palm Beach, Fl
Student of Carol Cole    
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen     
Stephan Xie, piano 15 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin    
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2    
Alvin  Chung, flute 16 Saratoga, CA
Student of Liling Chen and Anny Cheng    
Cecile Chaminade, Concertino Op. 107 in D Major    
and Mozart, Concerto No. 2, K.314 in D Major, III Mvt.    
Bo Fei  Wang, piano 16 Palm Harbor, Fl
Student of Grigorios Zamparas    
Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor    
Daniel Choo, violin 16 Knoxville, TN
Student of Dr. Miroslav Hristov    
Maurice Ravel, Tzigane    
Jakob Schoenfeld, marimba 16 Oviedo, FL
Student of Bryant Bernal and Brad Kuperman    
Ney Rosauro, Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra    
Julie Karam, violin 16 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Joey Corpus    
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35, I and II Mvt.    
Justin Nguyen, viola 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Jerzy Kosmala    
Walton, Viola Concerto, I Mvt.    
KyungHwan (Alex) Hwang, cello 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov    
Saint Saens, Concerto No. 1 in A Minor Opus 33    
Aveek Ganguly, piano 17 Portland, OR
Student of Dr. Renato Fabbro    
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op 22, I Mvt.    
Edward Li, cello 17 San Diego, CA
Student of Lu Yan Guo    
Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Cello, I Mvt.    
Minsu  Seo, cello 17 Bayside, NY
Student of Lee In Hwa    
Lalo, Concerto in D Minor, III Mvt.    
Stella Faux, violin  17 Urbana, IL
Student of Igor Kalnin    
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 48-1, I Mvt.    
Emilee Kitmahawong, violin 14 New york, NY
Student of Min Sun Kim    
Lalo, Symphonie Espagnole – Intermezzo    
Wenson Tang, piano 14 Houston, TX
Student of Rodolfo Morales    
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415, I Mvt.    
An Hoang, piano 15 Garden Grove, CA
Student of Molly Nguyen    
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 18 in C Minor, III Mvt.    
Carolyn Chen, cello 15 Los Altos, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh    
Lalo, Cello Concerto in D Minor, I Mvt.    
Jacey Yang, violin 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Hernan Constantino    
Ravel, Tzigane    
Junyoung (David) Choi, clarinet 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Hye Min Yun    
von Weber, Concertino in E-Flat Major, Op.26    
Kevin Chen, violin 15 Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Elmer Su    
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, III Mvt.    
Christopher Lee, cello 16 Wexford, PA
Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68    
Jason Xu, clarinet 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Janet Averett
Rossini, Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet
Keven Zhang, piano 16 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Ya Liu    
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op. 22     
Sarah Sun, piano 16 Cedar City, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox    
Rachmaninoff, Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, I Mvt.    
Sylvia Tang, piano 16 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Shirley Irek    
Beethoven, Concerto No. 3    
Trevor Jensen, violin 16 Sunnyside, NY 
Student of Dr. Yu Jeong Lee    
Bruch, Scottish Fantasy, Op.46, Finale    
Isabella Chang, piano 17 Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park    
Grieg, Piano Concerto, II Mvt.    
Laura Deng, cello 17 Stillwater, OK
Student of Meredith Blecha-Wells    
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor    
Jason Zhuang, violin 13 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Yue Yang    
Bruch, Concerto Op. 26, I Mvt.    
William Suwandi, violin 13 Stevenson Ranch, CA
Student of Paul Lee    
Kabalevsky, Concerto in C Major Op. 48    
Christina Wang, piano 14 Herndon, VA
Student of Anna Ouspenskaya    
Saint-Saens, Second Concerto in G Minor Op. 22, I Mvt.    
Ko-Wei Chang, cello 14 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh    
Elgar, Concerto in E Minor Op. 85    
Nova Meng, piano 14 Copley, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima
Von Weber, Konzertstück in F minor, Op.79
Grace Zhang, viola 15 Chandler , AZ
Student of Ms.Susanne Rothaar    
Hummel, Fantasie for Viola and Orchestra Op. 94     
Jeffrey Yang, cello 15 Saratoga, CA
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107    
Alan Zheng, piano 16 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Christopher Carlon    
Liszt, Liszt Concerto No. 1, IV Mvt.    
Valen Yamamoto, viola 16 Saratoga, CA
Student of Yen-yin Lee    
Hoffmeister, Viola Concerto in D Major    
Alisa Wang, piano 16 Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Ann Birman    
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 19    
College students and professional musicians
Jinwoo Jung, violin 20 New York, NY
Student of Koichiro Harada and Patinka Kopec    
Max Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, I Mvt.    
Justina la Cour, violin 20 Copenhagen, Denmark
Student of Prof. Virginie Robilliard    
Sibelius, Violin Concerto Op. 47 in D Minor, I Mvt.    
SooJi Lee, piano 23 Cleveland, OH
Student of Emanuela Friscioni
Ginastera, Danzas Argentinas Op. 2, I and II Mvt.
Yejin Han, viola 26 Boston, MA
Student of Michelle LaCourse and Ettore Causa
Bartok, Concerto for Viola
Bingjie Liu, piano 27 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Dr. Paul Shaw and Elizabeth Wolff    
Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22, I Mvt.    
Ekaterina Paniukova, piano 28 Lubbock, TX
Student of Dr. William Westney    
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op.23    
Hanbing Jia, violin 28 Middle River, MD
Student of Herbert Greenberg    
Tchaikovsky, Vioin Concerto in D Major    
Xiao Chen, piano 28 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Inna Faliks
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18
Xin Xia, piano 29 Winchester, VA
Student of John O’Conor and Ieva Jokubaviciute    
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 Op. 58    
Ha Eun An, oboe 23 Denton, TX
Student of James Ryon    
Kalliwoda, Oboe concertino, I and II Mvt.    
Sunhwa Hong, piano  32 Bayside, NY
Beethoven , Piano Concerto No. 1, I Mvt.    
Merab Ebralidze, piano 41 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Prof. Tamara Poddubnaya  and Prof. Nino Katamadze    
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2     
Amateur Category
Toshitaka Hoppo, violin 48 Sewickley, PA
Student of Chiharu Kano    
Shostakovich, Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 77, Cadenza and IV Mvt.