American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2016

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

Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 11:30AM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:30AM and at 3:30PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 11:30AM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy 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 2016 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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Meagan Lee, 8 years old, a student of Dr. Tian Song since age 6, has been the winner of many piano competitions, which include First Absolute Prize of International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso, Gold Medal of AADGT International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, first place of American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, first place of American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, second prize of VII Chopin International Piano Competition, and second place of NYSMTA Winners Concert Audition.  

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Celine Wang is a 12 year old 7th grader living in Buffalo NY USA. She started learning piano with Mrs. Violeta Arakelova at the age of six. She has placed in numerous piano competitions including International Piano and Strings Competition, International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, Hartford International Chopin Competition and Canadian Stamford Musical Festival.  She was awarded a scholarship to attend a music festival in Germany in 2014.  Celine loves reading, skiing, and traveling.

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Ines Nedelkovska, 12, from Macedonia, began her studies of piano at the age of six in the class of assist. Prof. PhD Nina Kostova, a student of the eminent Russian professors Ljudmila and Boris Romanov. Frequently performing at national and international competitions where she won first places. Ines won the second prize (first prize was not awarded) at the international competition for piano (four hands) in Monte-Carlo, in the “Superior” category. In 2015, she won 2 first prices on international competitions in Italy in one day. First price at the Associone Culturale Musicale in Napoli and the absolute price at the Euterpe Music Competition in Corato, Bari. 

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Herman Liu, 14 years old, began to play piano at 8 and a half. At age 9, he began studying with Dr. Tian Song. At age 13, Herman won the first place in the New York State Music Teacher Association Winners Concert Audition. In 2015 and 2016, Herman won the Gold Medal and Silver Medal in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) International Young Gifted Musicians Festivals. In the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, Herman won the Second Place in 2015 and won the First Place in 2016. Herman won the Silver Award in the 2015 Sinovision American Youth Talent and Art Contest. In 2016, Herman won the First Prize of the International Music Competition “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso. He also won Honorable Mention in The VII Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. As the winner of these competitions, Herman has been invited to perform at Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London. 

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Angela Zhang is sixteen and lives in Cresskill, NJ. She has been playing flute for eight years and is actively involved in her school’s orchestra and other musical activities. Angela won first place in Crescendo International Competition in 2015. She also won second place in Camerata Artists International in 2016. Angela was the winner for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Music Teacher’s Guild in 2014 and 2015. In addition, she has been participating annually in the music exams for the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music. In 2013, she achieved the highest distinction mark in the tri-state-area for the Grade Five flute exam. Angela has also participated in the New York Flute Club’s Young Musicians Contests and received the blue ribbon award in 2014 and 2012. Angela has been selected through competition to play in a masterclass with New York Philharmonic Orchestra flutist/piccolo player Mindy Kaufman.

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An accomplished violinist named as the Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year in 2006, Hong Kiu Mak has performed around the world including in London, Prague, Warsaw, Athens and Beijing. A regular performer in the Windsor Festival, Hong Kiu has most memorably performed before Queen Elizabeth II in Her Majesty’s Jubilee. More recently, he was selected to a masterclass by world-renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Hong Kiu’s success is marked by his winning both the violin concerto competitions for age 18 or under and for age 15 or under (at age 11 and 10 respectively) in the Hong Kong Music Festival. An accomplished pianist, he has also won the 13th and 14th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competitions. He obtained Grade 8 violin at the age of 8 and LTCL Advanced Diploma at the age of 11, all with distinction. Currently, he is under the tutelage of Prof. Maciej Rakowski.

Music Talent Competition Spring 2016 Winners :
 First Place Winners
Chengjie (JayJay) Zhou, piano6West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Jayden  Wu, piano7Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Kristie Lu, violin7Great Neck, NY
Student of Laura Broverman  
Lin  Zheng, piano7Boyds, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Matthew Chang, piano7Bethesda, MD
Student of Kuei-I Wu  
Sarah Yang, violin7Tustin, CA
Student of Michael Chang  
Celicia Thendean, piano8Pleasanton, CA
Student of Anna Poklewski and Fonny Chandra  
Leo Bailey-Yang, piano8Manchester, United Kingdom
Student of Simon Bottomley  
Meagan Lee, piano8Staten Island, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Victoria Tan, piano9Jericho, NY
Student of William McNally  
Eliza Ruffle, piano10Taiwan
Student of Pitor Tomasz and Stephanie Huang  
LeAnn Tai, violin10Irvine, CA
Student of Kayoko Adachi  
Celine Wang, piano12Buffalo, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova  
Eamon Riley, cello12Berkeley, CA
Student of Sergei Riabtchenko  
Ines Nedelkovska, piano12Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Nina Kostova  
Joanna  Wang, piano12Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Stoytcheva  
Sophia Horng, piano12Saratoga, CA
Student of Amy Chiu  
Celena Ho, piano13Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tain Song  
George Shum, piano14Broadview Hts, OH
Student of Haewon Song  
Herman Liu, piano14Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Joanna Ahn, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Dana Burnett  
Anni Wang, piano15Yorktown, VA
Student of Jolanta Szewczyk  
Benjamin Xu, piano15Mississauga, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova  
Carly  Yang, piano15Pleasanton, CA
Student of Rozina Tenenbaum   
Constance Horng, piano15Saratoga, CA
Student of Amy Chiu  
Edward Lee, violin15Boyds, MD
Student of Semo Adrian and Michelle Roberts  
Eunji Sarah Shim, viola15Irvine, CA
Student of Helen Callus  
Ji Hoon Haam, violin15New City, NY
Student of Yujeong Lee  
Joon Kyun, cello15Concord, MA
Student of Allison Eldredge  
Melvyn Gnai Zhi Yong, guitar15Bandar Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
Student of Amanda Gnai Song Hui  
Philena Sun, piano15McLean, VA
Student of Marjorie Lee  
Angela Zhang, flute16Cresskill, NJ
Student of Noelle Perrin  
Angela Zhang, piano16Cresskill, NJ
Student of Lu Meng  
Christy Cheung, piano16Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Darren Liou, clarinet16San Jose, CA
Student of Juliana Tseng  
David Winograd, tenor saxophone16Morganville, NJ
Student of John Flynn  
Grace Cai, piano16Allen, TX
Student of Dr. Grace Long  
Hong Kiu Mak, violin16Windsor, United Kingdom
Jeffrey Liew, piano16Frisco, TX
Student of Grace Long  
Kevin Hong, piano16Virginia Beach, VA
Student of Teresa Compos-Falk  
Yuliya Taustsiak, piano16Surrey, BC
Student of Inna Shimbaleva  
Antonio Roccia, piano21Sarno, Italy
Student of Francesco D’ovidio and Marian Mika
Adam Clifford, piano23Norfolk, VA
Student of Teresa Compos Falk and Andre-Michel Schub
Tanya Karamanos, violin31Montreal, Canada
Alejandro Valverde, guitar32Desamparados, Costa Rica
Student of Pablo Ortiz and Jorge Luis Zamora
String Sextet:  
Kevin Li, cello16Fremont, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh  
Cassandra Liu, cello15San Ramon, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh  
Benjamin Shih, viola14Santa Clara, CA
Student of Yen-yin Lee  
Jerry Peng, viola14San Jose, CA
Student of Yen-yin Lee  
Christina Chen, violin15Milpitas, CA
Student of Seohee Byun  
Alisha Luo, violin16Saratoga, CA
Student of Ying Zhao  
Ukulele Duo:  
Hew Jun Wei15Bandar Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
Melvyn Gnai Zhi Yong15Bandar Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
Students of Sebastian Gnai Yoke Wah and Amanda Gnai Song Hui
Violin and Piano Duo:  
Annelle Gregory, violin20San Diego, CA
Alexander Sinchuk, piano27Moscow, Russia
Second Place Winners
Kenneth Liu, piano6Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Angelina Hubertus, piano8New Canaan, CT
Student of Tatiana Kunik   
Caitlyn  Wee, piano8Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua  
Zhen Wei Wong, piano8Singapore
Student of Natalya Kuznetsova  
Tyler  Zhou, piano9Davie, FL
Student of Yvette Greene   
Andrew Manzella, piano10Murrysville, PA
Student of Rodrigo Ojeda  
Ella Grace  Malcom, violin10Alpharetta, GA
Student of Sonja Foster   
Marianne  Cubero, piano10San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Prof. J.Arroyo  
Julia Ashikhmin, guitar11Brooklyn, NY
Student of Eleazer Rodriguez  
Brandon Deleon, piano12Yorktown, VA
Student of Teresa Falk and Karina Bailey Miers  
Ryan Xu, piano12Weston, FL
Student of Yvette Greene  
Ethan Yan, violin13Mountain View, CA
Student of Antoine van Dongen  
Joanne Chan, violin13Singapore
Student of Lynette Lim  
Ye Nan Zhou, piano13Beijing, China
Student of Christine Gan  
Yuliana  Fartachuk, violin13Jenkintown, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Angela Ryu, violin14Palo Alto, CA
Student of Byungwoo Kim  
Faith Nguyen, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu  
Sophie Andrews, violin14Chatham, NJ
Student of Duoming Ba  
Annie Cao, piano15Yorktown, VA
Student of Jolanta Szewczyk  
Fiona Thendean, piano15Pleasanton, CA
Student of Dr. Yu-Ting Chen  
Karen Su, piano15Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu  
Katryn  Basso, piano15Stonington, CT
Student of Nonetta Shatakhtsian  
Melissa Zhu, piano16Yorktown, VA
Student of Jolanta Szewczyk  
Violin and Piano Duo:  
Alexandra  Manzella, violin9Murrysville, PA
Student of Marybeth Schotting  
Andrew Manzella, piano10Murrysville, PA
Student of Rodrigo Ojeda  
Violin Duo:  
Yuliana Fartachuk, violin13Jenkintown, PA
Amber Liu, violin17Philadelphia, PA
Students of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Third Place Winners
Matthew Alexander Villalobos, piano9San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Prof. J.Arroyo  
Yash Vij, piano13Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Johanna Alstott, oboe16Guilford, CT
Student of Olav van Hezewijk  
Kaden Culp, violin16Orchard Park, NY
Student of Ansgarius Aylward  
Amber Liu, violin17Philadelphia, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Honorable Mention
Komal Pamujula, piano11Pleasanton, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Arik Katz, piano14Sarasota, FL
Student of Teresa O’Connell  
Debbie Dunnick, piano53Bradenton, FL

Other participants will be notified of their standing via email.


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