American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Fall 2021

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.

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.

American Protégé Music Talent Competition Fall 2021 attracted very competitive applicants from 9 countries, including the United States, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, Singapore and Thailand.



Winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

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.

American Protégé

International Music Talent Competition Fall 2021 Results:

American Protégé Scholarship Award Winner:

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Hailed by Opera News as “first rate,” Megan Cullen is a young, dramatic soprano whose powerful voice and compelling characterizations are capturing the devotion of audiences throughout the world. Just finished in 2021, Megan sang the role of Medji in Dana Kaufman’s Diary of a Madman with Lowbrow Opera Collective in Seattle, WA. Coming up she has the finals of several international competitions and a concert at Carnegie Hall in March. In summer 2022, Megan will revisit the title role in Die Walküre with Opera Programs Berlin. In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Cullen had several role debuts, including Abigaille in Nabucco, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She also reprised the Mother in Hansel and Gretel. During the pandemic (2021), Megan learned and performed the role of Anna Maurrant (Street Scene) in an innovative on-line production with Young Artists of America.

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Born in Hong Kong in 2009, Cho Wing Tsun is studying at the Australian International School of Hong Kong and is currently the Concertmaster of the school’s String Orchestra. Cho Wing Tsun has participated in competitions and won various awards including First Place in the 68th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2016, First Place in the 5th Hong Kong International Music Festival in 2018, First Prize in China Conservatory of Music National Competition in 2019 and Second Runner up and winner of “My Favorite Violinist” in Inheritage Philharmonic Youth Online Music Competition in 2021. In 2019, Wing Tsun was invited as violin solo in Beijing “Rising Stars” Symphony Concert to play Bruch Violin Concerto. Wing Tsun is a caring person, she volunteered in various performances in care home for the elderly and played in charity concerts, donated all the proceeds to people in need.

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Charlotte Jeong is a eleven-year-old sixth grader at Mount Pisgah Christian School. Charlotte became passionate about the violin after hearing a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when she was 5 years old and began playing right away. She began her violin studies with Ms. Amy Chang at the age of six and has been studying with Mr. William Pu, the former Associate Concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since she was nine. She began her violin studies with Ms. Amy Chang at the age of six and has been studying with Mr. William Pu, the former Associate Concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since she was nine. Charlotte was the winner of the Georgia Music Teacher Association (GMTA) 2019. She won second place at the Strings Junior Division of the Atlanta Festival Academy Competition 2020. As the winner, Charlotte was selected as one of the finalists of the 1st international violin competition for the China- Italy youth Concorso Internazionale per Giovani violinisti Cina e Italia.

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Travis Li is a six-year-old little boy studying at Meadowridge school in Vancouver, Canada. Travis showed his great talent in music at his younger age and started his piano journey with his teacher, Ms. Fafan Xiao, at the age of five. Travis has won many honours over the past year, including overall awards from Canada Steinway Piano Competition in 2020 & 2021, and has been awarded masterclasses with Gary Graffman; He has won the gold stars from Europe Music & Star International Piano Competition in 2020 & 2021, and grand prize in overall performance from Northern Lights Piano Competition 2021; He has also been awarded First Prize in the 8th Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association (GOCAA)  International Piano Competition, and first prize in the French VIVACE international piano competition, and many other rewards.

NameAgeCity, State, Country
First Place Winners
Travis Genpeng Li, piano6Langley, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Alexander Wong, piano7Newport Beach, CA
Student of Claudia Xi  
Elaine Chen, piano7Sugar Land, TX
Student of Qi Ding  
Esme Tran, piano7Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein  
Unyew Kim, violin7Saratoga, CA
Student of Sung-Hee Park  
Zimo Wen, piano8Amherst, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova and Diana Kezerashvili-Upton
William Yan, violin9Foothill Ranch, CA
Student of Wendy Castille  
Nathan Wang, piano9Palo Alto, CA
Student of Tatiana Romanovsky  
Sophia Shao, piano9Lexington, MA
Student of Yidan Guo  
Tianze Liu, piano9Commack, NY
Student of Di Jiao  
Leem Jia En, guzheng10Singapore
Student of Joanne Wanglu  
Nisha Udomaksorn, voice10Phuket, Thailand
Student of Sirikhwan Buathong  
Alexie Koh, violin11Mountain View, CA
Student of Iskandar Widjaja  
Ava Shu, piano11Fremont, CA
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova  
Charlotte Jeong, violin11Duluth, GA
Student of William Pu  
Hoor Siddiqui, piano11Getzville, NY
Student of Alexander Bator and Diana Kezerashvili  
Beatrice Jean Consolata Gobang, voice12Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Student of Valentina Nova Aman  
Benjapha Yongsakul, voice12Phuket, Thailand
Student of Sirikhwan Buathong  
James Zhou, piano12Lake Forest, CA
Student of Sushing Chiu  
Jaynie Lee, violin12Newport Beach, CA
Student of Heesun Choi  
Wing Tsun Cho, violin12Hong Kong, China
Student of Zhuang Sheng  
Yeonjoo Oh, violin12Irvine, CA
Student of Heesun Choi  
Alice Xie, clarinet13Princeton Junction, NJ
Student of Dr. Jeb Ohkubo  
Daniel Wang, piano13Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Dave Zheng, piano14Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
Hannah Choi, piano14Fullerton , CA
Student of Sung Eun Lee  
Kaede Suzuki, piano14Mason, OH
Student of Dr. Polina Bespalko  
Nolan Woo, cello14Saratoga, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
Yvonne Wu, piano14San Jose, CA
Student of Tatiana Romanovsky  
Debora Okhotina, cello15San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov  
Max Chen, cello15Glendora, CA
Student of Ling Yan  
Derek Choi, violin15Portland, OR
Student of Hae-Jin Kim  
Zhong Zhang, piano15Duluth, GA
Student of Frances Yao  
Allison Kuan, flute16Mountain View, CA
Student of Dr. Chin-Fei Chan  
Angela Mo, piano16Temple City, CA
Student of Chun-Yi Wang  
Erin Tsui, violin16Dublin, CA
Student of Juyi Peng  
Gwyneth Gherzan, violin16Highland Park, NJ
Student of Sharon G. Cho  
Jakub Maciej Jeżak, vibraphone16Poznan, Poland
Student of Grzegorz Siek  
Sophia Katsma, voice16Hoffman Estates, IL
Student of Theresa Brancaccio  
Stanislaw Kurkowski, vibraphone16Poznan, Poland
Student of Grzegorz Siek  
Weiwei Xiang, guzheng16Fremont, CA
Student of Fu, Xufang  
Chloe Lim, cello17Irvine, CA
Student of Joon Sung Jun  
Grace Wang, piano17Andover, MA
Student of Prof. Jonathan Bass  
Isabel Wu, guzheng17Boyds, MD
Student of Bing Xia  
Lily Walters, flute17Fairfax, VA
Student of Jennifer Lapple  
Evelyn Davenport, piano19Thunder Bay, Canada
Student of Dr. Evgeny Chugunov  
Megan Cullen, voice38San Jose, CA
Student of Darrell Babidge  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Julia Mu, piano9East Amherst, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova and Diana Kezerashvili  
Haolin Jin, piano9East Amherst, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Audrey Fang, piano15Williamsville, NY
Sophie Wang, piano14Williamsville, NY
Students of Violeta Arakelova  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Petrina Steimel, piano15Germantown, MD
Preston Steimel, piano18Germantown, MD
Students of Robert Durso  
Second Place Winners
Ilya Khazhinsky, piano7Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao  
Chloe Wu, piano8Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson  
Ethan Xia, piano9San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Aaron Zhang, piano10San Jose, CA
Student of Xue Feng  
Adam Kim, cello10Hillsborough, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Diego Acosta, piano10Grecia, Costa Rica
Student of Jason Arroyo and Alex Castro  
Megan Kate Lim Montefrio, voice10Singapore
Chloe Song, piano11Storrs, CT
Student of Sima Brodsky  
Niyati Ramanathan, piano11San Jose, CA
Student of Matthew Wang  
Brianna Tang, saxophone12Staten Island, NY
Student of  Timothy Hayward and Lukas Gabric  
Ethan He, piano12San Jose, CA
Student of Grace Lin  
Lucas Wang, violin12Los Altos, CA
Student of Iskandar Widjaja  
Alice Hu, flute13Tampa, FL
Student of Francesca Arnone  
Charlize Tan, piano13New York, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam  
Serena Wu, piano13Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson  
Sophia Lin, piano13Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung  
Vivian Yue, piano13Santa Clara, CA
Student of Kuei-Kuan Chen  
Yuner Qing, voice13Singapore
Student of Ai Ming Khor  
Alyssa Kuang, piano14Spring, TX
Student of Yan Shen  
Christopher Lee, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn  
Claire Jin, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu  
Jinoo Park, violin14Chandler, AZ
Student of Xiaolin Li  
Katie Osborn, piano14San Ramon, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Anoushka Pandit, piano15Dublin, CA
Student of Sofia Biktimir  
Daniel Qiu, piano15Alpharetta, GA
Student of Frances Yao  
Denise Cheng, flute15Arcadia, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Hannah Park, flute15Valencia, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee  
Sabrina Liu, flute15San Marino, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Sophia Somers, violin15Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Uno Yanagi, piano15Studio City, CA
Andrew Chang, marimba16Cupertino, CA
Student of Tammy Chen  
Joshua Qin, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Sushing Chiu  
Phoebe Shi, piano16Solon, OH
Student of XiaoLin Anderson  
Antonia Bonnis, voice17Vancouver, Canada
Ethan Chen, piano17Richmond, Canada
Student of Alex Lim  
Shannon Dugan, voice17Wantagh, NY
Student of Joel Ewing  
Soheila Farajpour, voice37Yerevan, Armenia
Student of Prof. Armineh Der Megrdichian  
Maria Simona Fruscella, organ47Vescovato, Italy
Student of Stefano Molardi   
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
John Patterson, piano8Getzville, NY
Matthew DiPaola, piano11Amherst, NY
Students of Alexander Casey Bator and Diana Kezerashvili 
Third Place Winners
Kai-Ri Hsueh, voice10Fremont, CA
Student of Minsheng Yang and Tianyu Yang  
Leem Jia En, piano10Singapore
Student of Khoong Shok Meng  
Megan Mak, violin10Temple City, CA
Student of Misha Vayman  
Ethan Zhang, piano11Naperville, IL
Student of JeongSoo Kim  
Ivarine Kanthamanond, voice11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Sasinee Aswajesdakul  
Allison Zhou, voice12Santa Clara, CA
Student of Haruna Shiokawa-Mo  
Clement Koh, piano12San Jose, CA
Student of Matt Wang  
Aditya Ramanathan, piano13San Jose, CA
Student of Matthew Wang  
Carrie Ma, piano13Chandler, AZ
Student of Yan Zhang  
Corrina McNevin, piano13Pasadena, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
Amelia Spielman, piano15Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao  
Joning Wang, piano15Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Stoytcheva  
Mina Lim, piano15Orinda, CA
Student of Elena Pang  
Mia Chen, piano16San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Niranjan Girish, piano16Pepper Pike, OH
Student of Aswa Keen  
Joshua Kim, violin17Los Angeles, CA
Student of Johnny Nam and Yun Hee Lee  
James Hou, piano18Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao  
Riddha Iyengar, voice18Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Ethan Xia, piano9San Diego, CA
Joann Xie, piano12San Diego, CA
Students of Tatiana Stignev  
Honorable Mention
Ivarine Kanthamanond, flute11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Tipok Phinitsakul  
Molly Kearney, piano11Lexington, MA
Student of Eyran Katsenelenbogen and Emily Murphy  
Austin Xiao, classical guitar13Glendora, CA
Student of Wenjun Qi  

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation


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