American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Fall 2018

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is open to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. American Protégé is looking for genuinely talented people, who have creativity and stage charisma.

We invite talented performers of any age and genre to participate in the Competition. This fall International Music Talent Competition attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, China, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia and Singapore.

All applicants who are signed with the manager or producer must submit via email a General Representation and Release Form signed by the Manager/Producer to be eligible for the Competition.



Winners performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on:

 – December 15, 2018, December 23, 2018, March 31, 2019 and April 21, 2019 (Easter).

Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy was granted based on the judges recommendations.



Three qualified judges evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.

International Music Talent Competition Fall 2018 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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Sonya Moomaw is a third grader from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is seven years old and has been studying cello with Dr. Sarah Kim for four years.  She played her first wedding when she was four years old, and has been invited to perform solo works at cello workshops including the Cincinnati Young Artist Workshop in 2017 and Chicago Suzuki Institute Workshop in 2018. She is the 2018 winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition’s Elementary Division. In addition to classical music, she also loves playing and listening to bluegrass, and was invited to play bluegrass at the 2018 Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati.

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Jennifer Liu, 15 years old, is a sophomore at Montgomery High School. She started to learn piano at four and she currently studies with Prof. Ingrid Clarfield. Jennifer has won numerous awards from competitions including the “I Got Rhythm” Young Artist Competition, Music-Fest, IMPACT, Hartford international Chopin Competition, Music and Art Festival, Cecillan Club Piano Competition, NJMTA competitions, to name just a few.  She made her concerto debut at the Killian Hall of MIT, and she has performed numerous times at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and other musical halls. Jennifer is committed to using her music to help the community. She has actively performed for fundraising events and other community outreach programs. Jennifer also plays the guitar, and she enjoys drawing and painting, photography, reading.

Music Talent Competition Fall 2018 Winners 
First Place Winners
Crystal ZiQi Yu, piano6West Vancouver, Canada
Student of FaFan Xiao  
George Yi Han Wang, piano6Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Anjali Singh, voice7Claremont, CA
Anson Zhuo Heng Yu, piano7West Vancouver, Canada
Student of FaFan Xiao  
Julia Gentry, piano7Newport Beach, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Maxwell Brown, violin7Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard and Andrew Vogts  
Sonya Moomaw, cello7Cincinnati, OH
Student of Dr. Sarah Kim  
Helen Fang, piano8Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Jessica Linqin Wang, piano8West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Mia Ye, voice9Owings Mills, MD
Student of ChunFeng Li  
William Maeda, violin9Schaumburg, IL
Student of Taka Matsunaga  
Alice Malakhov, voice10Richmond Hill, Canada
Student of Elisabeth Pomes  
Christie Kim, voice10Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Lara Nie  
Sophia Lin, piano10Irvine, CA
Student of Yu Hui Jen  
Josephine Kelleher, violin11Chestnut Hill, MA
Student of Fudeko Takahashi  
Vera Lin, piano11Fremont, CA
Student of YiFang Wu  
Henry Li, piano12Sugar Land, TX
Student of Ding, Qi  
Chloe Liao, piano13Pasadena, CA
Student of Yin Yin Huang  
Maximilian Belyantsev, piano13North Potomac, MD
Student of Lara Parris  
Emily Wu, piano14Virginia Beach, VA
Student of Teresa Falk  
Grace Wang, piano14Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Prof. Ingrid Clarfield  
Riley Kong, piano14San Jose, CA
Edric Han, piano15Yorktown, VA
Student of Teresa Compos-Falk  
Issa Okamoto, voice15Portland, OR
Student of Hannah Penn  
Jennifer Liu, piano15Princeton, NJ
Student of Ingrid Clarfield  
Joanna Wang, violin15Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu  
Junah Kim, piano15Fullerton, CA
Student of Hye Kyung Lee  
Sung Ho Wui, trumpet15South Pasadena, CA
Student of Ohtae Kwon  
Allison Jia, piano16Cupertino, CA
Student of Liang-Yun You  
Jue Li, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee  
Lara Hairapetian, piano16Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Maria Fernanda Chaves, piano16Alajuela, Costa Rica
Student of Valentina Tumanova  
Maxwell Tsao, flute16Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Wenqing Zhao, Erhu16Ma An Shan, China
Ana Jgerenaia, voice17Republic of Georgia
Student of Giorgi Lomtadze  
Bailey Yang, violin17Bluffton, SC
Student of Na You and Laurel Thomson  
Christine Ramirez, violin17Glen Head, NY
Student of Dr. Ann Setzer  
Kevin Yiyang Li, voice17Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim  
Lina Kim, violin17Cerritos, CA
Student of Rachel Oh  
Anar Valizada, balaban18Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Ilham Najafov  
Jaehan Kim, tenor trombone19Seoul, South Korea
Student of Ohtae Kwon  
Kara Cantele, violin25Port Washington, NY
Seungwon Lee, piano25Kearney, NE
Student of Jayoung Hong  
Yibing Zhang, piano30Plano, TX
Student of Pamela Mia Paul and Joaquin Achucarro  
Zither and Piano Duo:  
Annie Tong, Chinese zither16Sunnyvale, CA
Ankie Tong, piano14Sunnyvale, CA
Students of Chiffon Fu and Ling Braun  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Dylan Gu, piano11Great Neck, NY
Alan Gu, piano13Great Neck, NY
Students of Vivian Fang Liu  
Saxophone and Cello Duo:  
Jeremy Li, alto saxophone15San Diego, CA
Kevin Wang, cello15San Diego, CA
Students of Luyan Guo  
Second Place Winners
Kayla Fang, piano5West Newton, MA
Student of Yidan Guo  
Grace Luo, piano7Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Sophia Chao, piano7North Potomsc, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Chloe Chan, piano8Queens Village, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu  
Noelle Hadsall, piano9Santa Barbara, CA
Student of Lana Bodnar  
Richard Bodrug, piano9Calgary, Canada
Student of Ekaterina Paniukova  
Russell Dlugosz, piano9Frederick, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Tristan Mankovsky, piano9Sterling, VA
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Gabriella Rose, voice10Tampa, FL
Student of Olick Glick and Kristi Beinhauer  
Shayla Feng, piano10San Jose, CA
Student of Le Yu  
Kaitlyn Hong, cello11Pasadena, CA
Student of Ben Hong  
Kobe Langen, piano11Newport News, VA
Student of Teresa Compos Falk  
Priscilla Meyer, piano/voice/harmonica11Winchester, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm  
Yia Yien Kwok, piano11Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua  
Caroline Xiong, piano12Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Vivian Liu  
Emma Sun, cello12Potomac, MD
Student of Ning Wang  
Grace Sun, piano12San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Paige McCubbins, piano12Meridian, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive  
Sharani Bhattacharya, viola12La Canada Flintridge, CA
Student of Michael Larco  
Sharon Sun, violin12Wichita, KS
Student of Evgeny Zvonnikov  
Ingrid Li, piano13Leawood, KS
Student of Ying-Yu Emily Yeh  
Isabelle Baron, piano, voice13Lexington, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm  
Alice Zheng, piano14Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Jenny Hu, Chinese zither14Cincinnati, OH
Student of Shuo Feng  
Tammy Shen, piano14Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu  
Boris Borissov, piano15Scottsale, AZ
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva  
Frank Zhou, piano15Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye  
Junah Kim, violin15Fullerton, CA
Student of Oh Chul Mi  
Qiyang (Rosalinda) Chen, piano15Arcadia, CA
Student of Alexsei Takenouchi  
Kira Berman, piano16New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Elya Lavi, piano17Scarsdale, NY
Student of Leke Salihu  
Frank Li, piano17Manvel, TX
Student of Amy Wang  
Justin Chiu, piano17Dove Canyon, CA
Student of Joyce Lee  
Helen Tran, piano38Temecula, CA
Student of Yiyi Ku and Carol Levin  
Karen Salicath Jamali, piano Greenwich, CT
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Samuel Fishback, piano13Beaverton,OR
Timothy Fishback, piano14Beaverton,OR
Students of Bella Sheykman  
Third Place Winners
Simone Shvarts, violin10Warminster, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Kaila Canubas, piano11Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Tyler Turetsky, voice13East Hills, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Jenna Giannone  
Ayan Nath, tabla14Cupertino, CA
Student of Satish Tare  
Erin Kim, piano14Poolesville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Jason Chiu, piano14Dove Canyon, CA
Student of Joyce Lee  
Annie Liang16Seaford, VA
Student of Teri Falk  
Eshika Aggarwal, piano16Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Alaina Olaez, piano17Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Maxwell Yang, piano6Weston, FL
Edward Zhang, piano11Weston, FL
Students of Yvette Greene  

Honorable Mention Winners and other participants will be notified of their standing via email.


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Deadline: October 10, 2024


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Deadline: October 25, 2024


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