American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2018

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:

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)

Saturday, June 30, 2018.



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

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2018 Results:

$300 Scholarship Award Winner:

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Tzu-Hsuan Yang, a singer and a pianist from Taiwan. She is now pursuing a master degree in piano performance at Illinois State University. Currently, she is also part of the Midwest Institution Opera as an emerging singer. She received her B.M. from University of Taipei of Vocal in 2016. She attended at Salzburg International festival and learned in Mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman’s studio Festival. She also performed at University of Taipei, Yuanlin performance hall, Taiwan National music performance hall.

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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James Lacey, III, age 8, is from South Pasadena, CA and has been playing the cello since he was 5 years old. At age 7, James placed first in the Diamond Bar Performing Arts Challenge on the cello. In the past year, he was a Regional Winner in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival and selected to advance to the Complete Works Audition where he placed third overall in solo cello.  In 2017, James also performed in the New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall with his local youth orchestra. He is currently a member of the Cello Choir at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. When James is not playing the cello, he can be found on the soccer field. James studies the cello with Vardan Gasparyan.

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Bang Tam Tran, from Hanoi – Vietnam, is a Grade 1 student at Newton Grammar International School. She started her piano lesson with Linh Hoang Khanh Doan at the age of 4. After 6 months studying piano, she received a Distinction in the Trinity Music Exam (from Trinity College London) at Initial Level. At the age of 6, she became the youngest person in Vietnam received Grade 3 certificate from Trinity Music Exam. She won a numerous of national and international competitions such as International Competition in Rome Italy (1st prize and prize for exceptional young talent), Music Award in New York (1st prize), American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition (2nd prize), International Competition in Austria (1st prize) and Hanoi Piano Festival (2nd Prize) and CEG Festival (3rd Prize) in Vietnam.

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Yen-Chun Wang, 10 years old . At 7 years old , he met his piano teacher ~ Veronica Yen. He is highly influenced by Veronica’s performance, and built the strong foundation for playing techniques . At 8 years old, he passed ABRSM grade 5. In the past two years, he has played two recitals. In just 3 years, he has participated in more than 60 local piano competitions. Inspired by his teacher, who has extensive international performance experience, he participated in the International Piano Competitions in 2016, including Japan (PIARA), Hong Kong, and Macau, and has won numerous awards.

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Sophia Motai is a junior at Tenafly High School, NJ where she plays violin as a principal in the Philharmonic Orchestra and in the chamber trio. She studied at MSM Precollege and is currently in the studio of Elizabeth Faidley and a member of the flagship quintet at NY Youth Symphony, premiering a commissioned piece at Carnegie Hall. She performed in the NJ Regional and All State Orchestra and in master classes with Lisa Batiashvili, Katie Lansdale, Ray Chen, Vadim Gluzman and Elizabeth Chang. She participated in the “Music for All” National Festival and played as a soloist with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. She won the prizes from VIVO, East Coast, Great Composer, United States Classical, Enkor, Camerata International, etc.

Music Talent Competition Spring 2018 Winners 
First Place Winners
Bang Tam Tran, piano7Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan  
Jianuo Zhou, piano7Beijing, China
Student of Yan Ren  
James Lacey, cello8South Pasadena, CA
Student of Vardan Gasparyan  
Yen-Chun Wang, piano10Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Student of Veronica Yen  
Alissa Chen, piano12Staten Island, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Anjulie Djearam, voice12Victoria, Canada
Student of Joanne Hounsell  
Sunny Xiao, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin  
Ellen Zhang, guzheng14Potomac, MD
Student of Bing Xia  
Elliott Park, violin15San Diego, CA
Student of Hee Jeong and Pasha Tseitlin  
Ivan Lin, piano15Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Jimmy Chen, piano15Francis Drive, NJ
Student of Devi Yee  
Julia Pepper, piano15Staten Island, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Kristen Yang, violin15Jericho, NY
Student of Roslyn Huang  
Margaret Wu, piano15West Chester, PA
Student of Joy Kiszely  
Rachelle Lee, flute15Jericho, NY
Student of Min Jung Moon  
Erin Liu, piano16Saratoga, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis  
Ethan Resnik, piano/composition16Bedford, NY
Student of Jacob Friedman and Arlene Portney  
Sophia Motai, violin16Alpine, NJ
Student of Elizabeth Faidley and James Millar  
Bibo Feng, piano17Irvine, CA
Student of Joan Lai  
Chloe Metz, violin17Great Neck, NY
Student of Roslyn Huang  
Curtis Kim, piano17Santa Clarita, CA
Student of Lee Yun Hee  
Guang Zeng, violin17Shenzhen, China
Student of Li Chun  
Perry Yam, piano17New York, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft  
Rachelle Huh, violin17Demarest, NJ
Student of EuJeong Lee   
Trini Leung, piano17Fremont, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra  
Ye-Dam Kim, cello18Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Miyoung Woo  
Peng Wu, voice20Arcdia, CA
Student of Jia Shuangfei and Pan Shiming  
Tzu Hsuan Yang, voice24Normal, IL
Josué Berrocal Salas, Marimba25Costa Rica
Student of Ludwig Albert and Bismarck Fernádez  
Second Place Winners
Hailey Chan, piano5San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Valentina Tumanova and Tamara Sklioutovski
Elijah Chang, violin6Campbell, CA
Student of Theresa Woo  
Stella Li, piano6Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Nikolai Nyagolov, piano8Edmonton, Canada
Student of Dr. Yoana Kyurkchieva  
Ray Tang, piano9Wading River, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta  
Serena Wu, piano9Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson  
Danielle Carr, piano10Lewes, DE
Student of Bonnie Kellert  
Mariia Gasiuk, piano10Kyiv, Ukraine
Student of Inna Goncharova  
Run He (Kelly) Deng, piano10Shanghai, China
Student of Wang Jue  
Isaac Hwang, violin12Gilroy, CA
Student of Victoria Morton  
Lauren Liu, piano12Saratoga, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis  
Marcus Yeung, piano12Wilmette, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Selena Wang, piano12Suwanee, GA
Student of Frances Yao  
Trisha Sarma, voice12Monmouth Junction, NJ
Raina Bandekar, flute13Ambler, PA
Student of Michael Maizels  
Aiden Tang, violin14Pleasanton, CA
Student of Amy Liu  
Emily Tianshi, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin  
Irene Wang, piano14Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova  
Jimin Jun, violin14Syosset, NY
Student of Roslyn Huang  
Shawn Duan, piano14Pleasanton, CA
Student of Julia Wang  
Vivian Hir, piano14Danville, CA
Student of Julia Wang  
Amanda Tran, piano15San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev  
Chi Yu, piano15Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve-Hwa Su  
Christopher Oh, viola15Syosset, NY
Student of Karen Rostron  
Ethan Nguyen, piano15Haymarket, VA
Student of Haewon Min  
Morgan Lee Lee, piano15Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve-Hwa Su  
Roshita Anandani, piano15Scarsdale, NY
Student of Irena Portenko  
Clarissa Chan, flute16San Ramon, CA
Student of Monica Williams  
Hannah Hwang, flute16La Crescenta, CA
Student of Yunhee Lee  
Jihoon Jun, violin16Syosset, NY
Student of Roslyn Huang  
Joochan George Koo, violin16Wynnewood, PA
Student of Yayoi Numazawa  
Michelle Zemlyak, voice16San Jose, CA
Student of Simona Snitkovskaya  
Nikhilganeesh Varadarajan, violin16Cary, NC
Student of Shelley Livingston  
Aining Liang, guzheng17Whitby, Canada
Student of Julian Smerdon  
Shannon Liu, dizi (Chinese bamboo flute)17San Jose, CA
Student of Jun Gao  
Daniel Yadegar, voice18Encino, CA
Student of Dr. Joel Ewing  
Ankita Goswami Goswami, voice23Hamilton Township, NJ
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Lauren Chen10San Diego, CA
Katelyn Chen12San Diego, CA
Students of Tatiana Stignev  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Adam Pascual16White Plains, NY
Nick Vlasto12Rye, NY
Students of Dr. Irena Portenko  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Ryan Luo13Erie, CO
Jenny Zhang13Louisville, CO
Students of Ling Yu McLoughlin  
Piano Duo:  
Tony Feng, violin15Chapel Hill, NC
Yue-Bo (Ben) Jia, piano15Chapel Hill, NC
Students of Jinglong Zhang and Dr. Tatiana Gutnik  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Adam Pascual16White Plains, NY
Jack Silvers15Scarsdale, NY
Students of Dr. Irena Portenko  
Third Place Winners
Victory Brinker, voice6Latrobe, PA
Student of Desirée Soteres  
Alexander Wang, piano7Johns Creek, GA
Student of Frances Yao  
Clara Jean Lim, violin8Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Student of Su Tzu-Yuan  
Kelly Gallagher, piano8Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua  
Gasmine Wan Zheng Ka, piano9Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua and Diana Konggidinata  
Chloe Song, piano10Singapore
Student of  Christine Gan  
Keena Gallagher, piano10Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua  
Masanaga Marc Seno Seno, violin10Cupertino, CA
Student of Po Wei Lai  
Jae Lin Lee, piano11Morgantown, WV
Student of Youngju, Lee  
Jonathan Lin, violin11Olmsted Township, OH
Student of Laura Simna  
Mikayla Berestecki, violin11Manhasset, NY
Student of Roslyn Huang and David Gale  
Sophia Somers, violin11Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Zoe Rowe, voice11Singapore
Student of Natalia Kumkova  
Yehong Jiang, voice11Los Altos, CA
Neola Low, violin12Manhasset, NY
Student of Roslyn Haung and David Gale  
Jessie Lee, violin13Great Neck, NY
Student of Roslyn Huang  
Olivia Sheng, piano13Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve-Hwa Su  
Robin Yeh, piano13Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve Hwa Wu  
Twisha Subramanyam, piano13Morgantown , WV
Student of Juliana Yap  
Christopher Fonseca, piano14Weston, FL
Student of Yvette Greene  
Daniel Liu, piano14Champaign, IL
Student of Margaret Escobar   
Sua Shin, piano14Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee  
Albert Chen, piano15Hinsdale, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Alkrena Gjeli, violin15Philadelphia, PA
Student of Larysa Odlyvanska  
Eden Yeh, piano15Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve Hwa Wu  
Jennifer Xu, violin15Bethany, CT
Student of Shan Jiang  
Yash Vij, piano15Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Amy Moon, violin16Chino Hills, CA
Student of Woo Kwang Jae  
Kushal Boggavarapu, piano16Suwanee, GA
Student of Min Yeong  
Patrick Akarapimand, piano16Hacienda Heights, CA
Student of Aleksei Takenouchi  
Vincent Lin, violin16Olmsted Township, OH
Student of Laura Simna  
Charles Tang, piano17Morganville, NJ
Student of Asuza Komiyama  
Elya Lavi, piano17Scarsdale, NY
Student of Peggy Reich  
Yuxiao Jiang, piano17Alpharetta, GA
Student of Feng Liu  
Lan Jefferies, piano63Dallas, TX
Student of Dr. Jose Pablo Quesada  
Flute Duo:  
Raina Bandekar13Ambler, PA
Jianna Kim11Blue Bell, PA
Students of Michael Maizels  

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


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