American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2020

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is opened 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 the following dates:

December 12, 2020, December 13, 2020, and April 4, 2021

Star Performer Award, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be 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 2020 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

International Music competitions at Carnegie Hall

Hannah Velez is 16 years old and has been playing the violin for over 10 years. Performing at Segerstrom Concert Hall in CA, she currently leads as co-principal, 2nd violin, for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Amongst her accomplishments, she is a concerto winner of SCJ Bach Festival Complete Works and 1st place winner at the Lansum International Music Festival.  Additionally, she is a Regional winner of MTAC VOCE, and has won numerous awards from the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and American String Teachers Association.  During the past two summers, she was selected to participate at Chamber Music Institute. Other venues of performances include the Disney Concert Hall and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Furthermore, she was selected to partake in masterclasses, with renowned violinists Peter Marsh, Paul Huang, Kevin Kumar, and Martin Beaver. Alongside her musical endeavors, she enjoys volunteering at her church and community in an international service organization.

International Music competitions at Carnegie Hall

Miłosz Bachonko was born in 2009 in Lublin (Poland). As a 10-year-old accordion player, he has over 60 concerts in the country and abroad. He is a laureate of international, nationwide competitions:1st prize in International Competition XV Art-Duo Music Festival (Prague),1st prize III International Accordion Competition (Suwałki),1st prize International Accordion Competition (Sanok),1st prize Polish National Accordion Festival Professor Mirosław Niziurski (Kielce), GrandPrix prize in XXIX Lublin Accordion Competition (Lublin). He is the laureate of the 2nd place in the Young Composers Competition at the 23rd Contemporary Art Forum Witold Lutosławski at the Lublin Philharmonic, where as a 9-year-old composer he faced fellow participants who were twice older than him. In this competition he also received the Special Award of the Lublin Philharmonic Director of the 23rd Contemporary Art Forum which was the performance of his own composition “Suite for accordion” accompanied by the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra.

International Music competitions at Carnegie Hall

Alvin Wang is a 6th grader from San Diego, studies piano since the age of 4 and violin since age 7. In 2018, Alvin won the “Most Promising Talent” from The International Academy Music Competition at The Castelnuovo di Garfagnana Music Festival in Italy. In 2018 and 2019, he helped UC San Diego – Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) raised close to $15K for their research initiatives in the Believe Benefit Concert.  In March 2019, Alvin participated at the Bishop’s Rady Children’s Hospital – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Benefit Concert.  In addition, he has been invited to perform as a Special Musical Guest at the UCSD – Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy (RAI) Scientific, UCSD – Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Faculty, and Kids’ Turn San Diego Retreats.  In the summer of 2019, Alvin received his first piano scholarship at the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain.

Music Talent Competition Fall 2019 Winners:
Name, InstrumentAgeCity, state, Country
First Place Winners
Kylie Yoo, piano7Long Grove, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Logan Li, piano7Oakville, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova  
Owen Liu, piano7Vancouver, Canada
Student of Haiwa Ye  
Rosalina Ruheng Xue, piano7Upland, CA
Student of Jen Chan  
Helena Sprajcer, piano8Wheeling, IL
Student of Elaine Felder  
Jarvis Zheng, piano8Montebello, CA
Student of Liu Lin  
Koutaro Ohnishi, piano8Cupertino, CA
Student of Matt Wang  
Shuangjunya (Selena) Zhang, piano8Millbrae, CA
Student of Tammy Lin  
Tonya Zhu, piano8Great Neck, NY
Student of Joyce Ng  
Cynthia Li, piano10Mississauga, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova  
Milosz Bachonko, accordion10Motycz, Poland
Student of Prof. Elwira Śliwkiewicz-Cisak
Mehr Kaur, cello11Potomac, MD
Student of Tanya Anisimova  
Yanjia Yang, piano11Beijing, China
Student of Cen Wang  
Alvin Wang, violin12San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin
Calvin Kwon, cello12Demarest, NJ
Student of Jeehyoun Lee  
Enya Yu, cello12Ridgefield, CT
Student of Chungsun Kim  
Minseo Ryu, flute12San Jose , CA
Student of Teresa Orozco  
Andrew Tang, cello13Saratoga, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Brandon Diep, cello13San Diego, CA
Student of Lu-Yan Guo  
Brian (Jaehyeon) Chun, cello13Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Jennifer Jeehyoun Lee  
Abishek Satish, alto saxophone14Johns, Creek, GA
Student of Tim Crump  
Aimee Okagawa, piano14Honolulu, Hi
Student of Wendy Yamashita  
Carmen Peng, piano14Wolfville, Canada
Student of John Hansen  
Jacob Yan, piano14Oakville, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova  
Olivia Cai, violin14Dacula, GA
Student of Que Yang  
Doyoon Kim, piano15Sherman Oaks, CA
Student of Tammie Joo  
Emily Lai, piano15Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Esther Keel  
Joanne Lee, flute15San Diego, CA
Student of Sunah Jong  
Judy Wang, violin15Geneva, Switzerland
Tayte Choudhury, piano15Sugar Land, TX
Student of Cindy Tan  
Billy Broker, piano15Phoenixville, PA
Student of Dimitriy Borisovsky  
Angela Huang, violin16Irvine, CA
Student of Iryna Krechkovsky  
Hannah Velez, violin16Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Gary Hung  
Helena Seo, violin16Fort Lee, NJ
Student of Ju Hyun Kim and Annaliesa Place
Jennifer Li, cello16Los Gatos, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
Katherine Wong, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Judy Huang  
Kimberly Rush, violin16Manila, Philippines
Michelle Ding, piano16Missouri City, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin  
Yifan Wang, piano16Irvine, CA
Carol Lu, piano17Tucson, AZ
Student of Dr. Svetlana Arakelova  
Danny Park, cello17Rolling Hills Estate, CA
Student of In-Kyu Lee  
Paengram Chirasavinuprapand, piano19New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Ogabek Mansurov, tar20Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Elshan Amrahov  
Shuyi Li, voice22Rochester, NY
Student of Jan Opalach  
Patrick Daniel Brandl Suarez, piano23Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Ludmila Melzer and Luis Monge
Elshad Shikhaliyev, balaban25Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Ilham Najafov  
Shengsi Wang, piano28Boston, MA
Student of Run Li  
Sze Yin Wong, piano33Lehi, UT
Student of Jie Lu  
Piano Quarter/Eight Hands:  
Nathan Napier, piano16Amherst, NY
Ross Mantsurov, piano15Williamsville, NY
David Su, piano16East Amherst, NY
Sophie Zhu, piano13Williamsville, NY
Students of Dr. Violeta Arakelova  
Piano Trio/Six Hands:  
Julia Mu, piano8East Amherst, NY
Zimo Wen, piano7Williamsville, NY
Wenlee Vazquez, piano6Buffalo, NY
Students of Dr. Violeta Arakelova and Alexander Bator
Jaca Duo: Los Angeles, CA
Jaxon Williams, guitar32 
Wesley Ferreira, clarinet  
Second Place Winners
Nguyen Pham Minh Anh, piano8Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan  
Ayden Yoo, piano9Long Grove, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz  
Cayden Tan, piano9New York, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam  
Frank Rong, piano9Champion Lakes, Australia
Student of Yoon Sen Lee  
Jake Matsuzaka, piano9New York, NY
Student of Dr. Yoojung Kim  
Jayden Hwang, piano9Claremont, CA
Student of Chun-Yi Wang  
Ethan Fu, piano10Fremont, CA
Student of Peyhwan Kuan  
Charlize Tan, piano11New York, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam  
David Wong, piano11Irvine, CA
Student of Janelle Kim  
Joe Yang, piano11Bellevue, WA
Student of Dr. Yin  
Max Yu, violin11Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu  
Sophie Gao, piano11Tucson, Arizona
Student of Dr. Svetlana Arakelova  
Yi Chao Boey, piano11Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua and Eileen Cheng  
Katie Liu, violin12Portland, OR
Student of Hae-Jin Kim  
Sarah Mei, cello12North Potomac, MD
Student of Ning Wang  
Alan Yue, piano13Miller Place, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta  
Angelina Wu, piano13Diamond Bar, CA
Calix Xia, piano13Bethesda,MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Don Wong, piano13Phillips Ranch, CA
Student of Wen-Ting Huang  
Emma Yao, piano13Auburndale, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova  
Lucas Keunecke Pimenta, piano13White Plains, NY
Student of Irena Portenko  
Carina Liu, piano14San Ramon, CA
Student of Julia Wang  
Catherine Chong, piano14Bethesda,MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Emily Zhang, piano14Needham, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova  
Isabella Lin, piano14Johns Creek, GA
Student of Frances Yao  
Alexandra Vesselinov, violin15Port Washington, NY
Student of Miranda Cuckson  
Annie Fang, viola15La Jolla, CA
Student of Ramon Negron Perez  
Luca Vernhes, piano15Brooklyn, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam  
Aileen Aizenshtat, violin16Trumbull, CT
Student of Shan Jiang  
Angela Liu, piano16Forest Hills, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino  
Chau Nguyen, piano16Washington, DC
Student of Paul Phifer  
Doh Hyun (Dennis) Kim, piano16Seoul, South Korea
Student of Lee Boram  
Eve Sullivan, piano16Bronxville, NY
Student of Kanako Koyama  
Ezekiel Kumar-Lau, piano16Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Justin Wang, guitar16Potomac, MD
Mark Martirosian, voice16Winchester, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisian  
Milo Barron, piano16Natick, MA
Student of Emily Murphy  
Stephanie Yu, piano16Dover, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova  
Kevin Chen, violin17Peachtree Corners, GA
Raymond Steinbrecher, piano17Panama City Beach, FL
Student of Emily Vandermark  
Ariel Redmond, piano19Evanston, IL
Student of Robert Marler and Jay Kolin  
Tanya Vegvary, piano51Sacramento, CA
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Cayden Tan, piano9New York, NY
Charlize Tan, piano11New York, NY
Students of Kyungmi Nam  
Cello Duo:  
Brandon Diep, cello13San Diego, CA
Ethan Diep, cello15San Diego, CA
Students of Lu-Yan Guo  
Piano Duo:  
Hannah Zhang, violin14Tucson, AZ
April Zhang, piano16Tucson, AZ
Students of Vladimir Arakelov and Svetlana Arakelova
Third Place Winners
Nathalie Williamson, voice8Fort Worth, TX
Student of LK Fletcher  
Amartya Paul, piano9San Diego, CA
Student of Kia Portafekas  
Miguel Francis Saclolo, violin9Singapore
Student of Miku Pancoast  
Jack Li, voice12Wellesley, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan  
Alexander Tseng, piano13San Mateo, CA
Student of Tammy Lin  
Shivali Singh, piano13Suwanee, GA
Student of Frances Yao  
Johnathan Jen, piano14Danville, CA
Student of Ying Wen Lewis  
Jocelyn Li, voice15Wellesley, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan  
Julia Steinbrecher, piano15Panama City Beach, FL
Student of Emily Vandermark  
Junhong Lin, piano15Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Xu Ran Zhao  
Izabella Ge, piano16Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis  
Chloe Hardigree, piano17Evansville, IN
Student of Kim Van Vorst  
Sanjna Kedia, violin17Manhasset, NY
Student of  Roslyn Huang  
Amish Darr Darr, guitar & voice35Fords, NJ
InHwa Hwang, piano46San Diego, CA
Student of Ginnie Kong  

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



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