American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2015

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.



Winners performed on:

Saturday May 23, 2015 at 7:30PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, December 19, 2015 (Christmas Weekend) at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and

Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 7:30PM (Christmas Weekend) at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Scholarship, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards were 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 Spring 2015

Jury’s Favorite ($330 Scholarship and plague trophy) Award Winner

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Michelle Stern, is an 11 year old native of Douglaston, NY. She began her violin studies at age 3 with her mother, Anna Heifetz, and currently studies violin with  Prof. Ann Setzer at the Juilliard School Precollege Division. At age five, Michelle won her first medal from the New York Music competition, and by age 6 gave five performances at Carnegie Hall as a first prizewinner of American Protégé, Concert Festival and New York Music Competitions. At age 7 Michelle was awarded first prize in the “Jewish Kids Got Talent” Competition. In 2013 and 2014, Michelle won first prize and the Judges Distinction Award at American Protégé Concerto Competition and Best Performance Awards at the American Protégé Talent Competition. As a Grand Prize winner of Concert Festival International Competition Michelle appeared as a soloist with the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra under direction of Adrian Sylveen. Since her solo debut with the Island Chamber Symphony at age 7, Michelle frequently appeared as a soloist with the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gregory Singer. Michelle was a guest artist in the Shirley Romaine’s ARTSCENE (PBS) and was featured in articles of Bayside times, Little Neck Ledger, Jewish Press and Gold Coast Gazette.

Music Talent Competition Spring 2015 Winners 
Jury’s Favorite Award Winner:
Michelle Stern, violin11Douglaston, NY
Student of Prof. Ann Setzer and Anna Heifetz 
Judges’ Distinction Award and First Place Winners:
Nikolay Marinov, piano13Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Student of Svetlana Koseva  
Jocelyn Wang, guzheng13Belmont, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
First Place Winners
Stephan Zhang, violin7Stillwater, OK
Student of Dr. Gregory Lee  
Yan Yun Kelsey Wong, piano9Singapore
Student of Ralitsa Obretenova  
Yuhan Jiang, piano10Beijing, China
Student of Xiao Xiao  
Jinmiao Wang, piano10Beijing, China
Student of Hong Shi  
Michelle Stern, violin11Douglaston, NY
Student of Prof. Ann Setzer and Anna Heifetz
Ibrahim Ignatov, piano11Shumen, Bulgaria
Student of Marinela Marinova and Denis Ignatov 
Hassan Ignatov, piano11Shumen, Bulgaria
Student of Marinela Marinova and Denis Ignatov
Lindsey Jung, violin11Tenafly, NJ
Student of Yujeong Lee  
Jasmine Jin, piano11Arcadia, CA
Student of Lily Chen  
Jasmine Shum, piano12Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Ivy Chen  
Jack Silvers, piano12Scarsdale, NY
Student of Irena Portenko  
Minjee Kim, flute12Plainview, NY
Student of Munjung Moon  
Gina Ledor, cello12Berkeley, CA
Student of Eric Sung  
Katrina Tsz Ching Tse, violin13Hong Kong
Student of Gallant Ho  
Samantha Ma, violin13Akron, OH
Student of Wei-Fang Gu  
Atsuo Chiu, piano14Sacramento, CA
Student of Shigemi Nishite  
Arthur Oung, cello14Atherton, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Haemaru Chung, violin14New York, NY
Student of Ann Setzer  
Lynne Bai, piano15Gainesville, VA
Student of Marjorie Lee  
Sabrina Chen, piano15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Sandra Shen  
Carol Chen, violin15Franklin, MI
Student of Sonia Lee  
Ka Yuk Yam, piano16Hong Kong
Student of Tang Nga Sum  
Ellen Chang, guzheng17Austin, TX
Student of Jing Qun Shao  
Ngoc Minh Thu Nguyen, Dan tranh18Auckland, New Zealand
Student of Vu Thi Dung  
Natasha Valdes, voice27La Habra, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic  
Yurika Mihara, piano30New York, NY
HyeKyeong Hannah Cho, piano37Lacey , WA
Student of Hye Sun Park  
Second Place Winners
Celine, Shyn Yi Sim, piano5Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Benjamin Young, piano7Churchville, PA
Student of Joy Kiszely  
Arya Babu, piano8Solon, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty  
Lindsey Ahn, violin9Cresskill, NJ
Student of Sooji Oh  
Sarah Liu, piano9Scarsdale, NY
Student of Hong Wang  
Natalie Huang, piano9Bayside, NY
Student of Ivy Chen  
Brandon Goldberg, piano9Miami, FL
Student of Paul Posnak and Markus Gottshlich
Capri Everitt, voice10Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jeannie Lee  
Matthew Gurning, piano11Fontana, CA
Student of Agatha Hou  
Victoria Chiang, piano11Houston, TX
Student of Dr. Clive Swansbourne  
Ethan Yan, soprano12Mountain View, CA
Student of Angelique Zuluaga  
Ekta Karkala, piano12Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Kevin Ou, piano12Rowland Heights, CA
Student of Jeff Lavner  
Melvyn Gnai Zhi Yong, ukulele13Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Student of Ivon Tan and Daphne Woon  
Liz Yeo, violin13Singapore
Student of Yah Wan Har  
Junming Wen, tuba13Beijing, China
Student of Zhongda Yao  
Sehong Park, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn  
Jawon Lee, Flute13Singapore
Student of Larisa Tupitsina  
David Blasky, violin14Shelby Township, MI
Student of Prof. Sonia Lee  
Angelus Matthew Changho Roxas, piano15Leawood, KS
Student of Ying-Yu Emily Yeh  
Ireland Lee, violin15Shelby Township, MI
Student of Sonia Lee  
Abigail Siegel, piano15East Greenwich, RI
Student of Nonetta Shatakhtsian  
Claire Du, piano16Yorktown, VA
Student of Teresa Falk  
Rebecca Chuang, piano16Saratoga, CA
Student of Natalia Borodulin  
Michelle Ju, piano17San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn  
Michaela Roxas, violin17Leawood, KS
Student of Alex Shum and Ying-Yu Emily Yeh  
William Chao, violin17San Jose, CA
Student of Chen Zhao  
Shenhua Hu, violin33Riverside, CA
Student of Suli Xue  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Ibrahim Ignatov11Shumen, Bulgaria
Hassan Ignatov11Shumen, Bulgaria
Student of Marinela Marinova and Denis Ignatov
Third Place Winners
Xin Cheng Xu, piano7Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Clare Maher, violin9Birmingham, MI
Student of Prof. Sonia Lee  
Seth Loo, violin9Singapore
Student of Yan Wan Har  
Joanne Chan, violin12Singapore
Student of Ang Chek Meng  
Maya Raisha Zainudin, voice12Singapore
Student of Mario Serio  
Stewart Smith, piano12New Rochelle, NY
Student of Dr. Irena Portenko  
Yaeil Kim, piano14Oklahoma City, OK
Student of Jaehee Kim  
Honorable Mention Winners
Angelina Hubertus, piano8New Canaan, CT
Student of Nicole Wang and Tatiana Kunik  
Jih Bin Luo Liu, piano10San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Melzer Ludmila  
Katie Kong, piano10Woodside, NY
Student of Viriany Setiosa  
Tahmid Tapan, piano10Woodside, NY
Student of Viriany Setiosa  
Eve Sullivan, piano11Bronxville, NY
Student of Kanako Koyama  
Hannah Yinghan Wang, piano11Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Hali Liu, piano12Overland Park, KS
Student of Ying-Yu Emily Yeh  
Ashley Tang, piano13Eastchester, NY
Student of Kanako Koyama  
Sanjana Subramanian, piano13Frederick, MD
William Andrew Vasquez, piano29Santa Barbara, CA
Serafin Sales, piano Shoreham, NY

Other participants will receive Diploma of Participation


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