American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Fall 2023

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 2023 attracted a record number of very competitive applicants from 12 countries, including the United States, Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, India, Moldova, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, 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 2023 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Krittapak Pankrut (Mimi), the 13-year-old girl, is studying in Year 8 at Harrow International School Bangkok. Mimi has loved singing since she was 5 years old. She likes musicals and pop songs. She achieved many awards from competitions, including 1 of 8 winners from the 5th Search for Talent Project (Year 2020-2021) and had a live performance with Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) in Lumpini Park, Bangkok in 2023; the winner of the EIMOC2023 music competition held in Taiwan and was selected to perform on stage in the winners’ concert; the winner of Vocal Musical and Music Youth category of the national round of 24th Osaka International Music Competition; the winner with highest score from the Bangkok Youth Singing Competition 2023 in Age 8-12 category and selected to perform on stage with the Bangkok Charity Orchestra in the winners’ concert.

Meet Surena Rahman – a young soul, deeply passionate about music and singing. She has been learning piano since she was six and has been singing since she was eight. As a small child, her voice would wake up everyone in the family and often our neighbors, too. She started humming tunes on top of her voice not much later than she had started walking and talking. Once she went to first grade, piano became a daily affair for her and later got deeper into the notes and tunes within a couple of years, she insisted on getting into vocal lessons at a local music school. A few years into her music journey, she became a big fan of BIllie Eilish and Celine Dion, amongst other leading singers. Suri is working on different types of music and developing her vocal skills. She aspires to be a professional singer and musician when she grows up.

Winners by Age Category

NameAgeCity, state, Country
First Place Winners
Anton Xu, piano5Wellesley, MA
Student of Lydia Wang  
Athena Huang, piano5Morgantown, WV
Student of Dr. Juliana Yap  
Lisa Zhang, piano6Queens, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Conrad Abrahams, piano7New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn  
Lynette Chun, piano7Phoenix, AZ
Student of Sherin Moustafa  
Rebecca Li, piano7Kirkland, WA
Student of Grace Huang  
Claire Gui, voice8Sussex, WI
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Claire Shiqi Wang, dulcimer8Portland, OR
Student of Jing Lu  
Keisha DSouza, voice8Singapore
Grace Zhang, voice10Clarksville, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Amber Lee, guzheng11San Jose, CA
Student of Yue Wang and Chiffon Fu
Seline Dai, dulcimer11Portland, OR
Student of Jing Lu  
Seungyeon Sohn, violin11Seoul, South Korea
Student of Sooyeon Park  
Adam Kim, cello12Hillsborough, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Adrian Fong, piano12San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Christin Zhang, piano12Cary, NC
Student of Olga Urick  
Hannah Kwon, voice12Draper, UT
Student of Eugene Kang  
Juho Paek, violin12Seoul, South Korea
Student of Min, Yoo Kyung and Eun Young Lee
Lucy Wang, piano12San Ramon, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Surena Rahman, voice12Los Altos, CA
Student of Kendrick Hyunn and Jinifer Ann Corcoran
Mandy Teng, voice12Woodstock, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Jon Yang, piano13Oro Valley, AZ
Student of Svetlana Arakelova  
Joseph Sanso, violin13Morrison, CO
Student of Heather Gruis and Christopher Luther
Krittapak Pankrut, voice13Thanyaburi, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano and Juthathip Phengnun
Selina Dong, piano13Draper, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Vivian Wu, piano13San Jose, CA
Student of Lena Grozman  
Chelsea Chen, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu  
Dayeon Kim, cello14Seoul, South Korea
Student of Haglyun Kim and Hannah Bae
Ivana Jan, piano14Berkeley, CA
Student of Shu-Yi Pai  
Brian Lim, violin15Tenafly, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee  
Crystal Huang, voice15Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Yixuan Chen, flute15Sugar Land, TX
Student of Rebecca Powell Garfield
Lady Reajane Nerona, voice16Luna, Philippines
Student of Jeffry O. Sales and Unibelle C. Bersamina 
Viola Huang, piano16Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Shianna Chi, guzheng17Los Altos, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Narine Tamrazova, piano22Moscow, Russia
Student of Julia Mikhailovna Chernyavskaya
Nayul Kyung, flute29New York, NY
Student of Judith Mendenhall  
Changpeng Ti, piano37Lexington, KY
Student of Irina Voro  
Guzheng and Drums Quartet:  
Grace Ma, guzheng13San Diego, CA
Student of Cindy Chen  
Nicole Ying, guzheng16San Diego, CA
Student of Chen Tingting  
Lily Guo, drums15San Diego, CA
Ethan Guo, guzheng17San Diego, CA
Strings Duo:  
Jiwon Chung, viola14Irvine, CA
Jiwoo Chung, violin14Irvine, CA
Students of Solim Shin  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Gloria Zhai, piano14San Diego, CA
Alexander Zhai, piano17San Diego, CA
Students of Tatiana Stignev  
Second Place Winners
Anaya Mehta, piano4Bethesda, MD
Student of Dr. Valerica Maican  
Time Kanajanawisitphon, piano6Chonburi, Thailand
Student of Dr. Patchara Phurivanish and Dr. Pakkanat Chanthanavaranont Sompongtam
Annabelle Garcia, piano7Los Angeles, CA
Student of Jesica Yap  
Adam Jiang, piano8Houston, TX
Student of Yan Shen  
Alice Chen, piano8Flushing, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Ella Lin, piano8Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Gina Chuai, voice8Boyds, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Hanson Shen, piano8Austin, TX
Student of Yunzhi Guan  
Jessica Cui, dulcimer8Portland, OR
Student of Jing Lu  
Laurie Wang, piano8Whitestone, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Madison Chiang, marimba8San Jose, CA
Student of Tammy Chin-Ping Chen
Roy Byun, piano9Irvine, CA
Student of Young Sook Kang  
Valentina Montesino, violin9Homestead, FL
Student of Fidel Garcia  
Alvin Li, piano10Flushing, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Ella Chow, piano10Dublin, CA
Student of I-Ling Chen  
Evelyn Yao, piano10San Ramon, CA
Student of I-Ling Chen  
India Abrahams, piano10New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn  
Isaac Chang, piano10San Ramon, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Maximilian Lele, piano10New Canaan, CT
Student of Evelina Puzaite  
Nathan Lin, piano10Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Preston Tsai, cello10San Diego, CA
Student of Luyan Guo  
Tae-Eun Hong, piano10Lubbock, TX
Student of Hye-Gyung Ji  
Arnav Kukar, piano11Amherst, NY
Student of Diana Kezerashvili  
Emily Zhao, piano11Arvada, CO
Student of Yu McLoughlin  
Lewis Hu, piano11Dublin, CA
Student of I-Ling Chen  
Pinyapat Fuangkasem, voice11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of  Rattikan Chockvittayanukul
Ron Huang, piano11Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Sophia Huang, piano11Solon, OH
Student of Xiao Ling Anderson
Tianze Liu, piano11Commack, NY
Student of Di Jiao  
Allison Guan, guzheng12Los Altos, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Andrew Kartman, piano12Edgewater, NJ
Student of Sohyun Ahn  
Jason Jin, piano12Glen Allen, VA
Student of Maria Yefimova  
Anna Kuck, piano13Park City, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Ben Liu, piano13Honolulu, HI
Student of Bichuan Li  
Kaden Wu, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Lucas Tsui, piano13Palo Alto, CA
Student of Tatiana Romanovsky 
Nathan Yuen, piano13Hong Kong
Student of Alex Stokes  
Ronnie Ilyeon Wang, cello13Los Angeles, CA
Angela Ouyang, piano14American Fork, UT
Student of Ya Liu  
Ashlyn Choi, flute14Cupertino, CA
Student of Amk Kim  
Austin Lam, piano14Arcadia, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
Brandon Wu, voice14Clarksville, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Coco Kim, violin14Honolulu, HI
Student of Mariko Yuen  
Elaina Tian, piano14Orinda, CA
Student of Elena Bai Pang  
Iris Hai, voice14Ellicott City, MD
Student of Li Chunfeng  
Jinha Park, viola14Fort Lee, NJ
Student of Yu jeoung Lee  
Lauren Kim, violin14Seoul, South Korea
Student of Sunghee Park  
Olivia Xia, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Sophia Li, violin14Mason, OH
Tracy Jiang, piano14Bethpage, NY
Student of Xuran Zhao  
Vivienne Chen, piano14San Ramon, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Aadarsh Vikram, piano15Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Lesli Hanson  
Amber Woytowitz, voice15Towson, MD
Student of Chun Feng Li  
Crystal Huang, piano15Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Emily Chun, violin15San Diego, CA
Student of Hee Jeong  
Eric Junseo Choi, marimba15Boston, MA
Student of Greg Simonds and Arin In
Jessie Zichen Qiang, guzheng15San Jose, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Jim Xia, piano15Chandler, AZ
Student of Yan Zhang  
Joy Liu, piano15Leander, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao  
Junseo Lee, clarinet15San Jose, CA
Student of Hye Min Yun  
Richard Lin, piano15Chandler, AZ
Student of Yan Zhang  
Rishab Ray, piano15Pleasanton, CA
Student of Sofia Biktimir  
Claire Meng, flute16Bothell, WA
Student of Bonnie Blanchard  
David Guo, piano16Singapore
Student of XiaoYun Yao  
Eunseo Ryu, piano16San Jose, CA
Student of Jaclyn  
Grace Liao, piano16Moraga, CA
Student of Elena Bai Pang  
Gwyneth Tenn, violin16Honolulu, HI
Student of Mariko Yuen  
Minseo Ryu, flute16San Jose, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco  
Patrick Shi, violin16Mclean, MA
Student of Ying Fu  
Gia Kwon, flute17Hoffman Estates, IL
Student of Haymee Ann  
Jaclyn Judge, voice17Boca Raton, FL
Student of Kent Taylor and Marina Renee Hogue-Nuñez
Nathan Li, piano17Boise, ID
Student of Suzanne Clive  
Xinyi Zhu, guzheng19Fremont, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Sansanee Techateerawat, voice41Pak Kret, Thailand
Student of Teeranuch Kaewkungwal
Kayoko Kuchiishi, piano Flower Mound, TX
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Ashley Fang, piano13San Diego, CA
Amelie Nguyen, piano14San Diego, CA
Students of Tatiana Stignev  
Third Place Winners
Seungwon David Lee, piano7New York, NY
Student of Sohee Hwang  
Sophia Zhiyao Chen, violin7San Jose, CA
Student of Qi Sheng  
Brent Amado, piano8Manama, Bahrain
Student of Azalea Nas and Maya
Emma Shi, voice8Wellesley, MA
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Olivia Qu, piano8College Point, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Yuchen Liu, piano8Woodstock, MD
Student of Yifei Xu  
Abigail Campiglia, piano9Boca Raton, FL
Student of Olga Romoff  
Athena Chakrabortty, voice10Summit, NJ
Student of Tharanga Goonetilleke
Mariia Merezhana, piano10Millburn, NJ
Student of Victoria Merezhana  
Xiaoqi Wang, piano10Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Jessica Wei  
Andrew Lao, voice11San Jose, CA
Student of Lina Jiang  
Annabella Sakunkoo, piano11Reno, NV
Student of Dr. Christopher McKiggan and Thawanhathai Rujichaitammakul
Lucia Chan, piano11Flushing, NY
Student of Bernice Chan  
Pranshi Mehta, piano11Austin, TX
Student of  Julia Hsiao  
Rachel Jeanna Kim, violin11Los Angeles, CA
Student of Pauline Gehai Yi  
Ron Huang, voice11Singapore
Student of Helen Lin  
Sophia Kim, piano11Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee  
Yuzuki Olson, piano11Hanscom AFB, MA
Student of Yuna Lee  
Claire Kim, violin12Cresskill, NJ
Student of Helen Kang  
Elizabeth Guo, voice12Glen Mills, PA
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Grace Rhim, violin12Los Angeles, CA
Student of Pauline Gehai Yi  
Kira Shim, violin12Tenafly, NJ
Student of Hanna Shin  
Leehenry Mao, piano12Floydada, TX
Student of Dr. Hye-Gyung Ji  
Maryam Al Thani, piano12Doha, Qatar
Student of Dr. Sohyun Ahn  
Seyoung Park, piano12New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn  
Tony Chen, piano12Torrance, CA
Student of Mei Cao  
Anthony Pan, piano13Boston, MA
Student of A. J. Collins  
Cailyn Zhang, piano13Missouri City, TX
Student of Dr. Yan Shen  
Kaya Mew, piano13Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jeannie Lee  
Ada Buricea, piano14Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Katie Gueorguieva-Ledford  
Claire Su, violin14Tempe, AZ
Student of Xiaolin Li  
Emmy Guo, voice14Singapore
Student of Carolina Kurnia and Hratsjuhi Aramian
Isabel De Pool, piano14Weston, FL
Student of Yadelia Leyva  
Jialin Peng, piano14San Ramon, CA
Student of I-Ling Chen  
Jinhao Zhang, voice14Princeton Junction, NJ
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Siyuan Huang, piano14San Dimas, CA
Student of Eve Yi Ping Chen  
Corrina McNevin, piano15Pasadena, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
Zimeng Wang, piano15Dublin, CA
Student of Ling Shi  
Lizzie Noel, violin16Murray, UT
Student of Asheley Watabe  
Olivia Kwak, flute16Columbia, MD
Student of Amy Kwon  
Zachary Han, piano16Solon, OH
Student of Xiao-Ling Anderson
Heather Tomlinson, piano17Henderson, NV
Student of Damaris Morales  
Seoyoun Son, geomungo22Decatur, GA
Piano Duo:  
Olina Xia, oboe15San Diego, CA
Student of Francisco Castillo  
Olivia Xia, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Daniel Lilja, piano9Boynton Beach, FL
Krista Lilja, piano33Boynton Beach, FL
Students of Olga Romoff  
Honorable Mention
Pitchayapon Techateerawat, piano9Pak Kred, Thailand
Student of Teeranuch Kaewkungwal
Benjamin Birnbaum, piano11Stamford, CT
Student of Evelina Puzaite  
Shreyaan Kotkar, alto saxophone11St Louis, MO
Student of Michael Rodriguez  
Arsh Gupta, piano13Short Hills, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek  
Olivia Koo, voice13Seoul, South Korea
Student of Eugene Kang  
Daniel Son, haegeum15Cerrtos, CA
Samuel Stearns, piano17San Jose, CA
Student of Maria Brodsky  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Sofia Blakely, piano10Weston, FL
Carmen Blakely, piano13Weston, FL
Students of Yadelia Leyva  

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation



1. Each participant will be notified about the Competition results after the Artistic Director releases the Competition placements. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. Only ONE piece from the audition repertoire within a time limit will be performed at the Winners Recital.

3. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

4. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. Only one grand piano will be available at the Weill Recital Hall. No acoustic system will be provided.

5. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protégé does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one after enrollment into the program.

6. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.

7. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

8. During the COVID-19 Health Crisis, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to take a risk to travel to NYC for the Recital, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a Package pickup or request a shipment to the friends or relative residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

9. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

10. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

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