American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

Welcome to American Protégé Music Competitions

American Protégé International Music Competitions are designed for young musicians, actors and singers on the path to a successful career. We invite all talented youth and professionals to demonstrate their potential during American Protégé 2023-2024 Season. The season’s program is in full progress offering a number of music competitions, including new ones, where the participants will have an opportunity to showcase their unique talents. 


For more than fourteen years, American Protégé is advancing careers of our participants and winners as well as promoting their talents. Our programs offer many benefits to participants and help to build their confidence, strengthen their performance skills, and, ultimately, realize their dreams. By being introduced to new audiences on stage in New York City, one of the world’s grandest performance venues, participants can expect to have a memorable experience.


For all instrumentalists, singers, and ensembles alike, American Protégé has offered an unprecedented opportunity to escalate the scope of their talents to new heights. We debuted the opportunity for talented artists to perform at the American Protégé Summer Gala Concerts at the world’s most illustrious music venues: the 2,800-seat Isaac Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and 600-seat Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.


Past season, the American Protégé International Music Competitions were a great success with a total of 36 Winners Concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall. We continue to grow and attracted the largest number of very competitive applicants on record. They hail from every corner of the world including various parts of the U.S. and 72 other countries: Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Quatar, Republic of Georgia, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Our Organizational Committee is extremely grateful to all the music schools and conservatories, where our participants acquire their music knowledge and receive careful nurturing. We would also like to thank the music teachers whose dedication has been indispensable in creating a strong and solid music foundation for the young artists. Finally, we thank all the parents for their support in organizing these exciting events and for giving their children an opportunity to get in touch with the amazing world of classical music.

American Protégé is working hard to promote our winners in their future career. Below, you can watch American Protégé winners, invited to the interview and performed at the Little Big Shots, Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC News, Americas Got Talent and other prime national and international TV channels and news outlets.

International Music competitions at Carnegie Hall

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Organizational Committee


We Sing Pop! International Song Contest

American Protege Competition Winner, Daniel Colaner, in the ABC NEWS:

ABC News TV Channel made a clip about one of the American Protege Competitions Winner, Daniel Colaner, a boy with a amazing life story. A 12-year-old cancer survivor who learned piano as a young child while battling his disease unlocked a talent and passion that paved the way for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Christian Li, becomes youngest winner of prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Competition:

Ten-year-old violinist Christian Li becomes the youngest winner of one of the world’s most prestigious international violin competitions, the Menuhin Competition. In 2017, he won first prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and was also selected to perform at Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium in NY in the American Protege Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Elias Phoenix, 7, out of Brandon, Florida, entered the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Fall 2013 in November 2013 and performed at the Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall. After winning the American Protégé Competition, Elias has performed twice as a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, and other local and National news and media outlets.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Ryan Wang, 5-year old Canadian pianist, a Scholarship Award Winner of the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2013 and 2014 – on The Ellen Show Full Interview.

Steve and Brandon make a great duo! American Protege Winner Brandon Goldberg at Little Big Shots

How “Little Piano Man” Fell In Love With Jazz. 10-year-old jazz pianist Brandon Goldberg started playing at age 3. He spoke to Harry about his influences and how he fell in love with jazz.

Brandon Goldberg Interview at the Little Big Shots Show:

Pianist Brandon Goldberg, a winner of American Protege International Talent Music Competition, Spring 2015, is not only a virtuoso, he’s also given TED Talks, and he’ll wow you with his wisdom.

Piano Prodigy Harmony Zhu Performs at Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

This young talent has as delightful a personality as she has a knack for the piano: a First Prize Winner in the Young Musicians Category of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2013, showed her talent at the Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 3, 2014.

From New York Post:

A once homeless Florida college student is now realizing his dreams after placing in a piano competition that will allow him to perform at Carnegie Hall. James Matthews, 24, sometimes slept in his instructor’s piano studio for shelter while he was a student at Florida Southern College… In January, one of his instructors there suggested he submit a video of himself performing Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 7″ for the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition. After performing at the American Protege Winners Recital on April 20th, James Matthews was invited to the Ellen DeGeneres TV Show on April 25th, 2014.

Upcoming Competitions:


Competition of Romantic Music 2024

Deadline: October 10, 2024


Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2024

Deadline: October 25, 2024


Music Talent Competition Fall 2024

Deadline: November 3, 2024


Piano and Strings Competition 2025

Deadline: January 20, 2025


Concerto Competition 2025

Deadline: February 20, 2025