American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Fall 2019

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is opened 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.

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 the following dates:

December 14, December 15, 2019, and April 12, 2020

Star Performer Award, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be 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 2019 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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Maxwell Brown is an 8-year-old violinist with flying fingers, a fluid bow arm, and rich tone that belies his quarter sized violin. Max studies classical violin with Shelley Beard and fiddle with Andrew Vogts. Max has won prizes in several international classical music competitions and was awarded a special prize for Exceptional Young Talent. Max has won youth fiddle championships in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and placed second at Virginia’s Galax Convention. He also has placed in adult fiddle competitions in DE, MD, and VA, and is the youngest ever Grand Champion for PA’s Lyons Fiddle Festival. 

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Airi Ito, now thirteen years old and in 8th grade at Margaret Mead Jr High. She started violin study at the age of 7, and is currently a student of Taka Matsunaga. As a member of the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra, Airi has performed in Vienna as well as Carnegie Hall. She served as Concertmaster of the Illinois Music Association District 7 Orchestra in the summer of 2018. And, she was awarded 1st place in the 2017 and 2019 Midwest Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and was featured as a soloist with the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer, she was chosen to attend the International HeifetzPEG Summer camp in Virginia. 

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Ailin Li is 16 years old. She is a junior at Milpitas High School. She has been playing Guzheng for ten years and has participated in regional competitions. Ailin took 1st place in the 35th Taiwanese and Chinese American Athletic Tournament Traditional Music Competition and passed the Chinese Traditional Instrument Grade Examination of Guzheng in level 10. She also participated on numerous occasions and program, from MusicNBrain Family Concert, the 5th Panda International Arts Festival (Voice of Spring Grand Arts Performances), Ohlone College, Cupertino Library, Quinlan Center, and the 2nd International Aimusic Festival, etc.

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Zachary Bowden is a pianist who lives in Eagle, Idaho. He began playing at the age of five and currently studies under the direction of Suzanne Clive. Now 18 years old, Zach is a senior at Eagle High School and looking forward to college. While Zach continues to love and play classical music, his favorite musical style is jazz. Zach has been the pianist in the Varsity Jazz Band at his high school, under the direction of T.J. Eriksen, since his sophomore year. In the last three years, the Varsity Jazz Band has completed in several district-wide competitions including District III and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, where the band has won many awards. 

Music Talent Competition Fall 2019 Winners:
First Place Winners
Emma Wang, piano8Palo Alto, CA
Student of Shu-Ju Yoh  
Maxwell Brown, violin8Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard and Andrew Vogts
Zhiyi Yang, piano9Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Daniel Pan, piano10Houston, TX
Student of Qi Ding  
Kayley Xu, violin10San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Pasha Tseitlin  
Richard Bodrug, piano10Calgary, Canada
Student of Dan Morin  
Sylvie Kim, violin10Irvine, CA
Student of Min Jeong Park and Yuki Mori  
Edric Zhang, piano11Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu  
Hana Tsai, violin11New York, NY
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Moisey Portnenko, piano11Singapore
Student of Natalia Kumkova  
Zoe Park, piano11Los Angeles, CA
Student of Sung Lee  
Anna Lui, piano12South Jordan, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Anyuu Inomoto-Fong, violin12Concord, MA
Student of Fudeko Takahashi Cohler  
Jessica Yi, piano12Richfield, OH
Student of Christina Choy  
Raymond Tangning Zhang, voice12Burnaby, Canada
Student of Zhenyu Liu  
Airi Ito, violin13Elk Grove Village, IL
Student of Taka Matsunaga  
Fang-Heng Du, violin13Lexington, MA
Student of Fudeko Takahashi  
Isabelle Baron, voice13Lexington, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm and Jamie Shannon Ferguson
Channie Hong, cello14Saratoga, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Jasmine Lin, cello14San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
Olivia Zhao, piano14Chandler, AZ
Student of Yuerong Gong  
Shirley Xu, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Anna Xie, piano15Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Ashley Brooke, voice15Colonia, NJ
Student of Amelia Demayo and Gulnara Mitzanova
Cassidy Feng, piano15Mayfield Heights, OH
Student of Ella Karasik  
Esha Perala, voice15San Ramon, CA
Student of Svetlana Nikitenko  
Ailin Li, guzheng16Milpitas, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Qingping Ye, piano16Fremont, CA
Student of Dorothy Su  
Sua Shin, piano16Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee  
Allison Jia, piano17Cupertino, CA
Student of Dr. Liang-Yun You  
Ashley Chung, cello17Irvine, CA
Student of Sang Won Cho  
Richard Chen, violin17San Diego, CA
Student of Shu Xiang Quintero  
Zachary Zhang, cello17Bellevue, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li  
Zachary Bowden, piano18Eagle, ID
Suzanne Winegar Clive  
Bogyeong Lee, piano30Iowa City, IA
Student of Emile Naoumoff and Ksenia Nosikova
Yunhan Shen, guzheng33San Bruno, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Daniil Temkin, piano14Boca Raton, FL
Isabel Guevara, piano14Boca Raton, FL
Students of Olga Romoff  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Ivy Lin, piano16East Greenwich, RI
Hugo Lin, piano15East Greenwich, RI
Students of Nonetta Shatakhtsian  
Second Place Winners
Dylan Newell, piano6Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Ava Trinh, piano7Rosemead, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
Mikkel Myer Lee, piano7Singapore
Student of Professor Helen Lin  
Peter Sorensen, piano7Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Hsiu-Hui Peng Chen  
Raphael Tran, piano7Benbrook, TX
Student of Van Bui  
Julia Gentry, piano8Newport Beach, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Sophie Wang, piano8Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Chengry Hsien, piano9Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu  
Kin Wang Keith Chan, piano10Singapore
Student of Ou Yang Lei Lei  
Nathan Choi, piano10Los Gatos, CA
Student of Jaclyn Kim  
Ryan Chan, piano10San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Valentina Tumanova  
Nick Eliav, piano10Boca Raton, FL
Student of Olga Romoff  
Samuel Meyer Buch, piano10Sherman Oaks, CA
Student of Rita Shen  
Angelika Indzhigulyan, voice10Bayside, NY
Student of Vego Ohanyan
Lucas Ke, piano11Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Jongsun Lee  
Sophia Lin, piano11Irvine, CA
Student of Yuhui Jen  
Aaron Zhu, piano12Aliso Viejo, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung  
Eunseo Ryu, piano12San Jose, CA
Student of Jaclyn Kim  
Jocelyn Tian, piano13Canton, MI
Student of Hsiu-Hui Chen  
Melissa Lee, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Bendetsky  
Nathan LI, piano13Boise, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive  
Anika Yadati, piano14Beachwood, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty  
Anna Moon, piano14New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Isabel Guevara, piano14Boca Raton, FL
Student of Olga Romoff  
Jakub Maciej Jeżak, vibraphone14Poznań, Poland
Student of Łukasz Berlin  
Sophia Luo, piano14Orinda, CA
Student of Elena Bai Pang  
Twisha Subramanyam, piano15Morgantown, WV
Student of Juliana Yap  
Tyler Sheu, marimba15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jacob Nissly  
Brian La, viola16Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Byung Woo Kim  
Junah Kim, violin16Fullerton, CA
Student of Kwang Jae Woo  
Kristen Liu, voice16Palo Alto, CA
Student of Julie Valentine  
Samantha Berg, voice16Old Brookville, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Cynthia Feinman
Sarah Wang, violin16Cary, NC
Student of Dovid Friedlander  
Suhasna Liyanaarachchi, erhu16East Brunswick, NJ
Student of Li Cangxiao  
Viraj Mehta, piano16Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Sherry Lenich  
Abhinav Kumar, voice17Rye, NY
Merritt Zhang, piano17Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Robert Avril  
Peter Lee, piano18Weston, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova  
Ye-Ji Son, haegeum18Portland, OR
Student of Esther Han  
Tassneen Bashir, violin20Plano, TX
Tong Liu, piano25Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Vedrana Subotic  
Soyeon Seo, violin27Baton Rouge, LA
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Jody Chen, piano9Fair Lawn, NJ
Choco Chen, piano12Fair Lawn, NJ
Students of Stacie Yao  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Benjamin Slive, piano10Boca Raton, FL
Julian Slive, piano10Boca Raton, FL
Students of Tiffany Goff  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Christine Jones, piano13San Jose, Costa Rica
Michelle Jones, piano10San Jose, Costa Rica
Students of Valentina Tumanova  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Jacquelyn Wu, piano14Newport Beach, CA
Johnny Wu, piano12Newport Beach, CA
Students of Sally Liu  
Third Place Winners
Elizabeth Grace Zhang, violin7Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Ning Mu  
Abby Trinh, piano9Rosemead, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
Hourod Rakhshanfar, cello10West Vancover, Canada
Student of Mary Thomson  
Xinyi (Maggie) Wang, piano10Northville, MI
Student of Hsiu-Hui Peng Chen  
Max Matsuzaka, piano11New York, NY
Student of Dr. Yoojung Kim  
Simone Shvarts, violin11Warminster, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Solomiia Savuliak, violin11Feasterville, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Rodrigo Landa Romero, piano13Mexico City, Mexico
Student of Rosa Mariaa Torner and Margarita de la Mora
Ahana Guin, voice14Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald  
Ashley Zheng, piano14Suwanee, GA
Student of Feng Liu  
Avinash Chalasani, piano14Princeton Jct, NJ
Ganesh Kumar, piano14Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Richard Zhou, piano14Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye  
Brandon Tung, piano15Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye  
Bryan Hu, piano15Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye  
Grace Mao, voice15Cupertino, CA
Student of Min Sheng Yang and Tian Yu Yang  
Ria Prasad, piano15Rockledge, FL
Student of Caroline Rosen  
Vijay Tummalapenta, piano15Wyckoff, NJ
Student of Stacie Yao  
Ali Ochoa, piano33Maracaibo, Venezuela

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


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