American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2012

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.



First Place Winners Recital took place on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Six $300 Scholarship aAwards were granted to the following winners: Jazzlyn Thedrica Cheryl Wibawa, Janice Carissa, Ryan Ferguson, Rui Fernando, Pusaka Piano Duo, Piano Trio/Six Hands: Jesslyn Cheryl Handoko, Aurelia Estrella Handoko, Gabriella Prisca Handoko.

Scholarship Award Winners received:

Gala performance at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in  2012-2013 Season;
Five Complimentary Tickets;
Memorable Certificate of Recognition;
Professional photos of the performance at Carnegie Hall.



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

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2012 Results:

American Protégé Star Performer Award Winner

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JANICE CARISSA, 13, was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, on July 26th 1998. Her talent was supported by Jaya Suprana and her mother , Sienny Debora , also her aunty Ivon Maria. Now she is a scholarship student of Cita Hati Junior High School Surabaya grade 8. In 2011 she performed at Presidential Palace in Bogor to entertain the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and in separate venue – Ministers of the Cabinet Indonesia Bersatu II. In 2011 she also performed at the Sydney Opera House (Australia) for The Fantastic Sound of Two Pianos together with her brother Ryan Ferguson . She was invited to perform at the Theatre Hall of The Lipinski Academy of Music & Ryszard Bukowski and at Grand Concert Hall, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Wroclaw, Poland). In 2010, Janice performed for Duo Piano Recital Masterpiece All Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance in Surabaya & Jakarta, followed by Duo Piano Recital Masterpiece of Jaya Suprana, in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2011. Janice passed with Honors for Modern Piano Licentiate Diploma Performer from Australian New Zealand Cultural Art when she was 13. In 2008 she took part in four Successful concert, two in Rimini, one in Casena and Ragusa (Italy). She got the Top Prize Winner and The Best Duo Piano at the International Piano Competition when she was 8, and was invited to performed at Weill Recital Hall Carnegie Hall, New York University, Redford University (Minnesota). Janice received Honorary Citizen from the mayor of one of Arkansas cities, Mark Atodala.

Judges’ Favorite Award Winner:
Ryan Ferguson, piano16Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora
Scholarship Award Winner:
Jazzlyn Thedrica Cheryl Wibawa, piano9Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora
Judges’ Distinction Award Winners:
Gabriella Prisca Handoko, piano11Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  
Meagan Wu, cello16San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov  
Piano Trio/Six Hands:  
Jesslyn Cheryl Handoko5Surabaya, Indonesia
Aurelia Estrella Handoko9Surabaya, Indonesia
Gabriella Prisca Handoko11Surabaya, Indonesia
Students of Sienny Debora  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Janice Carissa13Surabaya, Indonesia
Ryan Ferguson16Surabaya, Indonesia
Students of Sienny Debora  
First Place Winners:
Jesslyn Cheryl Handoko, piano5Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  
Michelle Harianto, piano6Kediri, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  
Madeleine Park, flute9Singapore
Student of Larisa Tupitsina  
Aurelia Estrella Handoko, piano9Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  
Elijah Abraham, flute9Western Australia
Student of Neil Fisenden  
Bethanie Liu, recorder9Hong Kong
Student of Chan Ho Yan  
Sara Stevens, voice11Marietta, GA
Student of Heather Witt  
Michelle Koh, cello12Irvine, CA
Student of Sarah Koo  
Rui Fernando, piano14Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  
Beatrice, piano24Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  
Martha Noviana, piano29Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora  

Other participants will be notified of their standing via email.


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