International Music Talent Competition Spring 2022

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.

Talented musicians applied for this Spring’s Music Talent Competition. They hailed from 12 countries, including different parts of the U.S., Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.



Winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

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 2022 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Austin Frantz lives in Salem, Virginia and started taking piano lessons in first grade around the age of six. Austin studies under Melia Garber, an American pianist with Romanian roots. Austin has loved playing piano for the church that his family attends and continues to play piano there to this day. The summer of 2021, Austin attended Interlochen Center for Arts Music Camp to focus on piano. He’s also attended UNC Greensboro Summer Music Camp in 2019. This summer, Austin will attend Brevard Summer Music Camp. Austin has participated in a few piano competitions in the past and is eager to compete in more. Austin’s love is playing classical music on piano. His goal is to make music as beautiful as possible by focusing on every detail, technically, musically, and from every other aspect.

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Katherine Li began her musical journey when she was five years old. She took an interest in the violin and has been playing ever since then. Katherine currently studies with Ms. Jing Zeng. She is a sophomore at Desert Vista High School and a leading member of the Desert Vista Chamber Orchestra. Katherine has won the highest score in the AZ North Central Regional Orchestra auditions and top 5 in Arizona All-State Orchestra in both 20/21 & 21/22 school year. Katherine has won the 2019 American String Teacher Association Arizona Solo Competition and AZ Musicfest Young Musician Competition in 2021 and 2022, earning a Superior rating in both years (4th prize). Katherine has been invited to perform as soloist at the Music Instrument Museum (MIM) Young Musician Concert in 2022. She believes that music will be an inseparable part of her future. 

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Sophia Gu is now 5 years old and has entered kindergarten, CA. She began her piano online studies around 4 years old for one year during the pandemic shutdown. Then she shifted to do in person piano class. Sophia likes singing and golf, too. She passed with Merit for both of piano and singing in ABRSM grade one after 3 months in person class with teachers in 2021. She won 3rd place on Mozart Burleske in G Major in United States Open Music Competition 2022. Sophia loves dinosaurs. When she was 4 years old, one day, she had a dream with Dinosaurs. She drew the pictures of her dream, including the baby dinosaur hatch from egg, riding and flying with pterosaur, playing together in Dinosaur Park, etc. She wanted to compose her own music. Then she started to learn piano composition. It took around 1 year to finish her first composition “A Dream with Dinosaurs”.

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Caden Chan is five years old and a native of San Francisco, CA. He started learning piano at the age of four during the pandemic with his piano teacher, Ms. Min Chao. Despite his entire piano learning experience being limited to online classes so far, he looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Apart from the piano, Caden also enjoys playing the ukulele, and he also loves composing his own music in his spare time.  He is currently in kindergarten, is an active soccer player, and has a green belt in Taekwondo. Caden was recently awarded first place in the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2022, the SF International Innovative Music Competition (Spring 2022), and the Great Composers Competition Best Performance Series 2022. He was also placed second in both the US International Open Music Competition 2022 and the American Music Talent Competition 2022.

Name Age City, state, Country
First Place Winners
Brigitte Xie, piano 4 Ridgefield, CT
Student of Felicia Feng Zhang    
Caden Chan, piano 5 San Francisco, CA
Student of Min Chao    
Juliette Leong, violin 5 Sparks, NV
Student of Danielle Charboneau    
Sophia Gu, piano 5 San Jose, CA
Kaitlyn Han, piano 7 Keller, TX
Student of Anton Mordasov    
Lainey Liang, piano 7 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao    
Hannah Lin, piano 8 Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko    
Rebecca Cheng, piano 8 Great Neck, NY
Student of Siyuan Zhou    
Yuchu Chen, piano 8 San Jose, CA
Student of Olivia Zhang    
Leonard Xu, piano 9 Cary, NC
Student of Alice Zhao and Florence Ko    
Ming Mei Sun, guzheng 9 San Jose, CA
Student of Yuan, Siqi    
Yunji Jeong, violin 10 North Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jenny Lim    
Chanelle Zhang, violin 11 Bethpage, NY
Student of Julie Becker    
Peyton Yang, piano 11 Cary, NC
Student of Olga Urick    
Sean Hoover, piano 11 Arcadia, CA
Student of Yifu Yan    
Zhien Jin, piano 11 Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Boram Choi and Goeun Lee    
Caitlin Wang, violin 12 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin    
Catherine Chen, flute 12 West Covina, CA
Student of Bolin Pan    
Julia Perekhozhuk, violin 12 Westchester, IL
Student of Sang Mee Lee    
Kevin Xiang, piano 12 Belmont, MA
Student of Jennifer Huang    
Brandon Gao, violin 13 San Ramon, CA
Student of Amy Liu    
Cynthia Huang, cello 13 La Jolla, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov    
Ivan Chen, piano 13 New Hyde Park, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu    
Max Yu, viola 13 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Sophie Arbuckle    
Minghao Gu, piano 13 Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson    
Nathan Ahn, violin 13 Houston, TX
Student of SungHee Park    
Alvin Wang, viola 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin    
Brandon Ha, cello 14 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim    
David Lin, violin 14 Redmond, WA
Student of Prof. Cristian Neacsu and Wu Yi Tsung    
Elena Zhu, guzheng 14 Columbus, OH
Student of Joanna Li    
Gregory Panossian, Armenian duduk 14 La Cañada, CA
Student of Tigran Avetisyan    
Reina Hewes, piano 14 Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Dr. Deborah H. How    
Celine Kim, viola 15 New York, NY
Student of Molly Carr    
Diana Reig, piano 15 Springfield, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek    
Estella Sky Keyoung, voice 15 Newport Beach, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin    
Ethan Guan, piano 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Wenchun Ku    
Hannah Biggins, cello 15 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin    
Jayden Chen, cello 15 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh    
Jason Dong, piano 15 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Jenny Shin    
Michael Vu, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Michelle Lee    
Minseo (Mina) Ryu, flute 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco    
Aaron Hsi, violin 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of James Choi    
Anabelle (Annie) Chang, cello 16 Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-jin Kim    
Austin Frantz, piano 16 Salem, VA
Student of Melia Garber    
Charlotte Lew, piano 16 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Student of Marina Alexander    
Christian Yom, piano 16 Carmel, NY
Student of Margarita Nuller    
David Xiao, violin 16 Weston, FL
Student of Huifang Chen    
Donavan Quek, cello 16 Singapore
Student of Song Woon Teng    
Harrison Park, cello 16 Henderson, NV
Student of Jeewoong Kim    
Hayeon Kim, voice 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of Jennie Byun    
Iris Lo, violin 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Ryan Chen    
Jianing Xu, piano 16 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Yin Chen    
Katherine Li, violin 16 Tempe, AZ
Student of Jing Zeng    
Logan Yuan, piano 16 Avon, CT
Student of Pihsun Shih    
Natasha Mar, piano 16 Poway, CA
Sarah Cho, piano 16 Silver Spring, MD
Student of Dr. JeongEun Park Kang    
Selina Zhang, piano 16 Monterey Park , CA
Student of Anna Ching    
Carolyn Pyun, violin 17 Saratoga, CA
Student of Tina Minn    
Hyunjin Lee, violin 17 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Christina Khimm Rosand    
Laura Mo, piano 17 Solon, OH
Student of Terry Moran    
Martin Leung, piano 17 El Sobrante, CA
Student of Shu-Yi Pai    
Olivia Hsu, violin 17 Castro Valley, CA
Student of James Choi    
Tobia Tam, piano 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Myong-joo Lee    
Kevin Li, voice 21 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Janna Baty    
Ladislav Palkovic, piano 25 Kosice, Slovak Republic
Student of Ivan Gajan    
Jeeyoun Kang, flute 30 Sunnyside, NY
Student of Judith Mendenhall    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Julia Mu, piano 10 East Amherst, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova    
Chenlyvia Xiong, piano 10 East Amherst, NY
Student of Diana Kezersashvili    
Piano Trio:    
Hannah Lee, violin 15 San Diego, CA
Justin Wu, cello 17 San Diego, CA
Eric Ryu, piano 16 San Diego, CA
Students of Rebekah Yoon and Chohyun Park    
Second Place Winners
Derrick JJ Yim, Piano 6 College Point, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu    
Katherine Hibbs, piano 8 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Dr. Jo Anne Link and Dr. Joe Zins    
Maximilian Lele, piano 8 New Canaan, CT
Student of Allie Aleke    
Quynh Anh Tran Pham, piano 8 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh    
Shera Li, piano 8 Newark, CA
Student of Chloe Xu    
Victoria Wang, piano 8 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras    
Doyoung Kwon, piano 9 Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Boram Choi and Goeun Lee    
Justin Yang, piano 9 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao    
Anastasia Voronenko, piano 10 Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras    
Kaiya Murphy, violin 10 Maricopa, AZ
Student of Xiaolin Lee    
Neel Perdue, piano 10 Ashburn, VA
Student of Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas    
Ryan Wang, voice 10 Short Hills, NJ
Student of Henry Chen    
Duke Greenman, violin 11 Las Vegas , NV
Student of Hye Lin Jung    
Jisoo Park, violin 11 San Jose, CA
Student of Lucy Jang    
Luke (Dohyun) Kim, violin 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Rosie Sung Kyong An    
Thomas Medlin, piano 11 Saint James, NY
Student of Rowena Sanchez Arrieta    
Victoria Chen, piano 11 Setauket, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta    
Benjamin Slive, piano 12 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Tiffany Goff    
Easton Rodgers, piano 12 Mountain View, CA
Julian Slive, piano 12 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Tiffany Goff    
Lars Jimin Han, voice 12 Dublin , CA
Student of Jennie Byun    
Luca Maddox-Diaz, piano 12 Edmond, OK
Student of Jennifer Song    
Petra Mitrovic, piano 12 Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Prof. Nina Kostova    
ShuTing Pan, flute 12 San Marino, CA
Student of Bolin Pan    
Sofia Olson, piano 12 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Leonid Treer and Estibaliz Gastesi    
Adrien Dai, piano 13 Great Neck, NY
Student of Maria Asteriadou    
Emily Jia, piano 13 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras    
Matthew Atticus Tan, viola 13 Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay    
Mindy Truong, piano 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Michelle Lee    
Yan Qi Ong, violin 13 Singapore
Yunah Jeong, violin 13 North Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jenny Lim    
Abigail Ribakoff, voice 14 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Evelyn Edwards and Carol Tingle    
Alyssa Kuang, piano 14 Spring, TX
Student of Yan Shen    
Celine Lau, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn    
Isabella Torrales, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee    
Kailyn Song, cello 14 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Dahwi    
Natchanun Siripong, Piano 14 Muang, Thailand
Student of Dr. Pornsiri Uthaicharoenpong    
Rain Xu, piano 14 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Jie Lu    
Sophia Lesokhin, violin 14 New York, NY
Student of Lynelle Smith    
Yunie Shin, piano 14 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Amy Kwon    
Calix Xia, piano 15 Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras    
Emily Choi, piano 15 Los Angeles, CA
Hannah Biggins, piano 15 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin    
Kyle Tianshi, piano 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin    
Melissa Ho, piano 15 Beverly Hils, CA
Student of Wojciech Kocyan    
Nicole Ge, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Wei Coglio    
Andrew Yuan, voice 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Iari Melchor    
Christian Kang, violin 16 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Johnny Nam and Tracey Kim    
Elaine Pan, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung    
Haejoo Chang, piano 16 Chino Hills, CA
Student of Jiwon Han    
Pham Anh Minh Nguyen, piano 16 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan    
Vivian Wang, piano 16 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras    
Yiman Zhang, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee    
Piers Rhee, piano 17 Winter Park, FL
Student of Ellen Betances and Yun-Ling Hsu    
Shiqi Luo, flute 17 Arcadia, CA
Student of Bolin Pan    
Varun Ganapathy, voice 17 Troy, MI
Student of Dr. Drake Dantzler and Carol Petty    
Ziying Zhao, Guqin 26 College Station, TX
Student of Xiaozi Lu    
Violin Duo:    
Sienna Hwang, violin 13 New York, NY
Chloe Cho, violin 9 New York, NY
Students of Sofia Chung    
Third Place Winners
Jamin Yoon, cello 8 Santa Monica, CA
Student of Youna Choi    
Johnny Chen, piano 9 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung    
Lisa Dai, piano 9 Katy, TX
Student of Yan Shen    
Chloe Kang, violin 11 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Tracy Kim    
Pham Minh Anh Nguyen, piano 11 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh    
Rachelle Amelia Tan, violin 11 Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay    
Marysol Boisvert, viola 12 New Brunswick, Canada
Student of Swan Serna    
Shreya Rajeev, voice 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Bernadette Mondok Keller    
Albert Wu, violin 13 Great Neck, NY
Student of Kurt Nikkanen    
Elaine Liang, violin 14 Morganville, NJ
Student of William Law    
Kaira Soin, sitar 14 Sammamish, WA
Student of Randy Hollinger    
Eunseo (Dana) Ryu, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Jacklyn Kim    
Vivian Davenport, piano 15 Thunder Bay, Canada
Student of Evelyn Davenport    
Aryo Nabyzadeh, piano 16 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Chaz Fautch    
Philip Orselli, tenor trombone 22 San Jose, CA
Honorable Mention
Isabella Ketkar, piano 7 Short Hills, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek    
Aadil Memon, piano 11 Campbell, CA
Student of Jesse McMilin    
Emma Zhang, cello 11 Sarasota, FL
Grace Luo, violin 11 Potomac, MD
Student of Karin Kelleher    
Anthony Somers, violin 12 Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska    
Hanna Saifzadeh, piano 13 Short Hills, NJ
Tara Saifzadeh, piano 13 Short Hills, NJ
Calvin Zhang, violin 15 Woodhaven, NY
Student of Joan Plana and Joseph Tamosaitis    
Rachel Nam, violin 15 East Brunswick, NJ
Student of Sharon Cho    
Alyssa Wu, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung    
Henry Mruz, euphonium 16 Morristown, NJ
Student of David Gallagher and Rich Barrieres    

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



1. Each participant will be notified about the Competition results after the Chairwoman releases the Competition placements. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. Only ONE piece from the audition repertoire within a time limit will be performed at the Winners Recital.

3. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

4. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. Only one grand piano will be available at the Weill Recital Hall. No acoustic system will be provided.

5. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protégé does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one after enrollment into the program.

6. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.

7. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

8. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to take a risk to travel to NYC for the Recital, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a Package pickup or request a shipment to the friends or relative residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

9. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

10. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.