American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2017

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 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

on November 26, 2017 (limited placements)

on December 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

On December 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM and

on December 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM.



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

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2017 Results:

Judges' Distinction Award and First Place Winners​:

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Richard Cheung is a violinist from Hong Kong. He started playing violin and piano since he was five years old, and has performed and attended various competitions since then. Recently, he won the First Prize in the 3rd Hong Kong International Music Festival 2016 Music Competition. He has also achieved the Japan Society of Hong Kong Prize and placed first in the 5th Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition. He participated in many years of Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals, presented by Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. In the 69th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Richard was rewarded third place in the Age 19 or under category. He was invited to perform at the 2016 Caritas Charity Concert, hosted by Hong Kong’s biggest television network TVB. He receives violin mentoring from Cindy Chen and Connie Lo.

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Siren Zige Gao, enthusiastic and passionate vocalist from China, obtained her Bachelor Degree at Central Conservatory of Music, China, Master of Music Degree at University of Bristol and advanced studies at Opera Research Institute, Peking University. Ms. Gao performed at many prestigious venues and events, including performing O Mio Babbino Caro with recording artist Giacomo Puccini for China Central Television Channel, Beethoven 9th Symphony at Beijing Great Hall of The People Tiananmen Square, Tchaikovsky Eugene Oinegin at the Opening Debut National Center for the Performing Arts and Faure’s Requiemat the Opening Debut in China in collaboration with the national youth symphony. She is a principal actress at Rose Thorns with full theatre adaptation and composition aired globally on SINA.COM; and was a principal singer at Concert in China with Piano accompaniment Marco Giovanetti, Director of the Gaetano Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy. Ms Gao also gave solo concerts at Victoria Hall of Bristol, UK and at Harbin Concert Hall with Harbin Symphony Orchestra.

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Piano Duo/Four Hands: 

Jarom Martineau is 17 years old and has been studying piano for 6 years. For the past three years he has been a student of Dr. Irene Peery-Fox. Previous training was with Brandon Stewart. His First Prizes include the Salt Lake Piano Competition, the Encore Keyboard Competition, and the Utah Valley Symphony Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, which awarded him the opportunity to perform Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1 with the Utah Valley Symphony. As a Second Prize winner of the 2016 American Protege Competition, Jarom was honoured to perform in Carnegie Hall.

Joshua Jensen, age 16, started studying piano classically at age 11. He lives in Gilbert, Arizona where he enjoys photography, musical theater, choir, and intensive piano with his mentor and teacher, Fei Xu, of the New Century Conservatory in Chandler, AZ. Joshua’s most recent piano accomplishments include the 2017 Phoenix Symphony Guild Concerto Competition First Place Winner, 2016 American Protege Competition, 2016 EVMTA Piano Competition (Gold Medalist), and the 2016 Steinway Avanti Competition (HM). Joshua enjoys being educated at home with his four sisters and two little brothers. Some of Joshua’s favorite composers are Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Liszt, and Prokofiev. He looks forward to a career in music and is grateful to his teacher and family who continue to support him every step of the way.

Music Talent Competition Spring 2017 Winners 
First Place Winners
Serena Qu, piano5Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao   
Ariel  Wu, piano6Wellesley, MA
Student of Yidan Guo  
Chloe  Sun, piano6Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Toby Kai Rong Tan, piano8Singapore
Angela Dai, piano9Belmont, MA
Student of Yidan Guo  
Kevin Lee, cello9Lexington, MA
Student of Sam Ou  
Lincoln Tan, violin9Singapore
Student of Yah Wan Har  
Sooah Hannah Jeon, flute9Seoul, South Korea
Student of Joohee Lee  
Arya Babu, piano10Solon, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty  
Brandon Luo, piano10Apex, NC
Student of Florence Ko  
Benjamin Who, piano11Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin Pratt  
Max Yu-Shuen Walters, violin11Singapore
Student of Yar Wan Har  
Vivian Zhu, cello11Folsom, CA
Student of Jia-mo Chen  
Angela Suet Kee Ng, piano12Winnipeg, Canada
Student of Jane Petroni  
Cassie Kao, flute12Arcadia, CA
Student of Amy Tsai  
Daniel Zhang, piano12Somers, NY
Student of Sheng-hui Wu Chen  
Emma Li, piano12San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin  
Giancarlo Valdivia, piano12Rockledge, FL
Student of Ann Rosen  
Hannah Wang, piano12Broomfield, CO
Student of Ling Yu McLoughlin  
Xiaoka (Evelyn) Wu, flute12Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Amy Tsai  
Celine Chen, piano13Valencia, CA
Student of Rumiko Stevens  
Joann Shi, violin13Sugar Land, TX
Student of Lisa Shihoten  
William Suwandi, violin13Stevenson Ranch, CA
Student of Paul Lee  
Allison  Yen, clarinet14Cupertino, CA
Student of Juliana Tzeng  
Chloe Feller, piano14Dallas, TX
Student of Marcy McDonald  
Nadia Theodora, piano14Medan, Indonesia
Student of Sindy Goh  
Oscar Yu McLoughlin, piano14Boulder, CO
Student of Ling Yu McLoughlin  
Angela Blodgett, cello15Seattle, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li  
Daniel Cheng, piano15Chapel Hill, NC
Student of Florence Ko  
Darren Jiang, cello15San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov  
Richard Cheung, violin15Hong Kong, China
Student of Cindy Chen  
Jakob Schoenfeld, marimba16Oviedo, FL
Student of Brad Kuperman  
James Sinigalliano, piano16New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi  
Jungyoon Kim, piano16Kimcheon, South Korea
Student of Hyunjung Gloria Kim  
Kaitlyn  Yi, harp16Orland Park, IL
Student of Lisa Boggess  
Matthew Oh, violin16Dublin, OH
Student of Jonquil Thoms  
Tina (Lin Jie) Zhang, piano16Vancouver, Canada
Student of Eugene Skovorodnikov  
Jerry Fang, piano17Wynnewood, PA
Student of Joy M. Kiszely  
Maris Ward, guitar, voice17Missoula, MT
Sebastian Brumm, cello17Del Mar, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov  
Yume Choi, violin17Lorton, VA
Student of Jihyun Bae  
Hristina Veljanoska, piano23Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Hans Palsson  
Zige Gao, voice27Los Angeles, CA
Student of Prof. Da Cheng  
Byung Sook Kong, piano35Hickory Creek, TX
Student of Vladmir Viardo  
Hyunjung Gloria  Kim, piano36Seoul, South Korea
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Kenneth  Gallwas9Elmhurst, IL
Joseph Gallwas9Elmhurst, IL
Students of Dr. Soyoung Kee  
Cello Duo:  
Tyler Xiao11San Diego, CA
Kevin Wang13San Diego, CA
Students of Lu Yan Guo  
Brava Trio:  
Celine Chen, piano13Valencia, CA
Student of Rumiko Stevens  
David Chang, clarinet16Valencia, CA
Student of Michael Yoshimi  
Phillip Suwandi, cello15Stevenson Ranch, CA
Student of Andrew Cook  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Jarom Martineau17Gilbert, AZ
Student of Irene Peery-Fox  
Joshua Jensen16Gilbert, AZ
Student of Fei Xu  
Second Place Winners
Sophia Li, piano6Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Danielle Beylin, piano7Bethesda, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Isabel  Alpízar, piano7San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Jason Arroyo Prend  
Ferenc Alexander  Zou, voice8New York, NY
Student of Rebecca Hyman  
Katie Pei, piano8Wilmington, DE
Student of Fei Liu  
Le Xuan Aricia Hoh, piano8Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Leah Shive, piano8Boyds, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Lexi Liu, piano8Singapore
Student of Natalya Kuznetsova  
Matthew Brand, piano8New York, NY
Student of Donna Weng Friedman  
Rosanna Foss, piano8Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Gayane Sahakyan  
Cedric Wu, piano9Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Natalie Beylin, piano9Bethesda, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Beatrice Priscilla Yaury, piano10Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Brandon Nathaniel Yaury, piano10Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Clare Bowler, piano10Orem, UT
Student of Irene Perry-Fox  
Yehong Jiang, voice10Los Altos, CA
Benjamin Hubbs, piano11Johns Creek, GA
Student of Francis Yao and Bryant Bernal  
Eliza Ruffle, piano11Shanghai, China
Student of Peter Tomasz and Stephanie Huang  
Jacob Markman, piano11New York, NY
Tiffany Lim, piano11Fremont, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra  
Jeonghyun Park, violin13Fullerton, CA
Student of Kwangjae Woo  
Alexandra Thalberg, piano14North Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Chi Yu, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve-Hwa Su  
Evelyn Anne Davenport, piano14Thunder Bay, Canada
Student of Dr. Evgeny Chugunov  
Sebastian  Park, piano14East Longmeadow, MA
Student of Jimin Han  
Chloe Retika, piano15Fremont, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra  
Diana Céspedes, piano15San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Jason Arroyo Prend  
Rachel Soong, piano15Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Alison Edwards  
Alisa Wang, piano16Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Ann Birman  
Candilla Park, piano16Groton, MA
Student of Soo Lee-Martone  
Colleen  Choi, cello16Ashburn, VA
Student of Dr. Heejung Jung  
Shefali Ramakrishna, piano16Pleasanton, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra  
Yuqing Liu, piano16Sugar Land, TX
Student of Jonathan Tao   
Salonee Ferrao, violin17Williamsburg, VA
Student of Arkady Heifetz  
Maria Cristina De La Rosa Peralta, folk harp34Xalapa, Mexico
Student of Alberto De La Rosa  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Beatrice Priscilla Yaury10Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui and Fei Xu  
Brandon Nathaniel Yaury10Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Third Place Winners
Felix  Podgayetsky , violin 10Richboro , PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Sophia Yoo, violin11Morganville, NJ
Student of Sharon Gayoung Cho and Prof. YuQiang Dai  
Benjamin Fitzpatrick, piano14Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin  
Avinash Vikram, piano16Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Lesli Hanson  
Debbie Dunnick, piano Bradenton, FL

Honorable Mention Winners and other participants will be notified of their standing via email.


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