American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

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.

NameAgeCity, state, Country
First Place Winners
Brigitte Xie, piano4Ridgefield, CT
Student of Felicia Feng Zhang  
Caden Chan, piano5San Francisco, CA
Student of Min Chao  
Juliette Leong, violin5Sparks, NV
Student of Danielle Charboneau  
Sophia Gu, piano5San Jose, CA
Kaitlyn Han, piano7Keller, TX
Student of Anton Mordasov  
Lainey Liang, piano7Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao  
Hannah Lin, piano8Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko  
Rebecca Cheng, piano8Great Neck, NY
Student of Siyuan Zhou  
Yuchu Chen, piano8San Jose, CA
Student of Olivia Zhang  
Leonard Xu, piano9Cary, NC
Student of Alice Zhao and Florence Ko  
Ming Mei Sun, guzheng9San Jose, CA
Student of Yuan, Siqi  
Yunji Jeong, violin10North Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jenny Lim  
Chanelle Zhang, violin11Bethpage, NY
Student of Julie Becker  
Peyton Yang, piano11Cary, NC
Student of Olga Urick  
Sean Hoover, piano11Arcadia, CA
Student of Yifu Yan  
Zhien Jin, piano11Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Boram Choi and Goeun Lee  
Caitlin Wang, violin12San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin  
Catherine Chen, flute12West Covina, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Julia Perekhozhuk, violin12Westchester, IL
Student of Sang Mee Lee  
Kevin Xiang, piano12Belmont, MA
Student of Jennifer Huang  
Brandon Gao, violin13San Ramon, CA
Student of Amy Liu  
Cynthia Huang, cello13La Jolla, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov  
Ivan Chen, piano13New Hyde Park, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu  
Max Yu, viola13Scarsdale, NY
Student of Sophie Arbuckle  
Minghao Gu, piano13Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson  
Nathan Ahn, violin13Houston, TX
Student of SungHee Park  
Alvin Wang, viola14San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin  
Brandon Ha, cello14Los Gatos, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim  
David Lin, violin14Redmond, WA
Student of Prof. Cristian Neacsu and Wu Yi Tsung  
Elena Zhu, guzheng14Columbus, OH
Student of Joanna Li  
Gregory Panossian, Armenian duduk14La Cañada, CA
Student of Tigran Avetisyan  
Reina Hewes, piano14Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Dr. Deborah H. How  
Celine Kim, viola15New York, NY
Student of Molly Carr  
Diana Reig, piano15Springfield, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek  
Estella Sky Keyoung, voice15Newport Beach, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin  
Ethan Guan, piano15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Wenchun Ku  
Hannah Biggins, cello15Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin  
Jayden Chen, cello15Pleasanton, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Jason Dong, piano15Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Jenny Shin  
Michael Vu, piano15San Jose, CA
Student of Michelle Lee  
Minseo (Mina) Ryu, flute15San Jose, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco  
Aaron Hsi, violin16San Ramon, CA
Student of James Choi  
Anabelle (Annie) Chang, cello16Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-jin Kim  
Austin Frantz, piano16Salem, VA
Student of Melia Garber  
Charlotte Lew, piano16Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Student of Marina Alexander  
Christian Yom, piano16Carmel, NY
Student of Margarita Nuller  
David Xiao, violin16Weston, FL
Student of Huifang Chen  
Donavan Quek, cello16Singapore
Student of Song Woon Teng  
Harrison Park, cello16Henderson, NV
Student of Jeewoong Kim  
Hayeon Kim, voice16San Ramon, CA
Student of Jennie Byun  
Iris Lo, violin16Cupertino, CA
Student of Ryan Chen  
Jianing Xu, piano16Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Yin Chen  
Katherine Li, violin16Tempe, AZ
Student of Jing Zeng  
Logan Yuan, piano16Avon, CT
Student of Pihsun Shih  
Natasha Mar, piano16Poway, CA
Sarah Cho, piano16Silver Spring, MD
Student of Dr. JeongEun Park Kang  
Selina Zhang, piano16Monterey Park , CA
Student of Anna Ching  
Carolyn Pyun, violin17Saratoga, CA
Student of Tina Minn  
Hyunjin Lee, violin17Scarsdale, NY
Student of Christina Khimm Rosand  
Laura Mo, piano17Solon, OH
Student of Terry Moran  
Martin Leung, piano17El Sobrante, CA
Student of Shu-Yi Pai  
Olivia Hsu, violin17Castro Valley, CA
Student of James Choi  
Tobia Tam, piano17Irvine, CA
Student of Myong-joo Lee  
Kevin Li, voice21Vancouver, Canada
Student of Janna Baty  
Ladislav Palkovic, piano25Kosice, Slovak Republic
Student of Ivan Gajan  
Jeeyoun Kang, flute30Sunnyside, NY
Student of Judith Mendenhall  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Julia Mu, piano10East Amherst, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova  
Chenlyvia Xiong, piano10East Amherst, NY
Student of Diana Kezersashvili  
Piano Trio:  
Hannah Lee, violin15San Diego, CA
Justin Wu, cello17San Diego, CA
Eric Ryu, piano16San Diego, CA
Students of Rebekah Yoon and Chohyun Park  
Second Place Winners
Derrick JJ Yim, Piano6College Point, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu  
Katherine Hibbs, piano8Minneapolis, MN
Student of Dr. Jo Anne Link and Dr. Joe Zins  
Quynh Anh Tran Pham, piano8Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh  
Shera Li, piano8Newark, CA
Student of Chloe Xu  
Victoria Wang, piano8Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Doyoung Kwon, piano9Palisades Park, NJ
Student of Boram Choi and Goeun Lee  
Justin Yang, piano9Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao  
Anastasia Voronenko, piano10Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Kaiya Murphy, violin10Maricopa, AZ
Student of Xiaolin Lee  
Neel Perdue, piano10Ashburn, VA
Student of Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas  
Ryan Wang, voice10Short Hills, NJ
Student of Henry Chen  
Duke Greenman, violin11Las Vegas , NV
Student of Hye Lin Jung  
Jisoo Park, violin11San Jose, CA
Student of Lucy Jang  
Luke (Dohyun) Kim, violin11Irvine, CA
Student of Rosie Sung Kyong An  
Thomas Medlin, piano11Saint James, NY
Student of Rowena Sanchez Arrieta  
Victoria Chen, piano11Setauket, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta  
Benjamin Slive, piano12Boca Raton, FL
Student of Tiffany Goff  
Easton Rodgers, piano12Mountain View, CA
Julian Slive, piano12Boca Raton, FL
Student of Tiffany Goff  
Lars Jimin Han, voice12Dublin , CA
Student of Jennie Byun  
Luca Maddox-Diaz, piano12Edmond, OK
Student of Jennifer Song  
Petra Mitrovic, piano12Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Prof. Nina Kostova  
ShuTing Pan, flute12San Marino, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Sofia Olson, piano12Boca Raton, FL
Student of Leonid Treer and Estibaliz Gastesi  
Adrien Dai, piano13Great Neck, NY
Student of Maria Asteriadou  
Emily Jia, piano13Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Matthew Atticus Tan, viola13Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay  
Mindy Truong, piano13San Jose, CA
Student of Michelle Lee  
Yan Qi Ong, violin13Singapore
Yunah Jeong, violin13North Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jenny Lim  
Abigail Ribakoff, voice14Los Angeles, CA
Student of Evelyn Edwards and Carol Tingle  
Alyssa Kuang, piano14Spring, TX
Student of Yan Shen  
Celine Lau, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn  
Isabella Torrales, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee  
Kailyn Song, cello14Los Angeles, CA
Student of Dahwi  
Natchanun Siripong, Piano14Muang, Thailand
Student of Dr. Pornsiri Uthaicharoenpong  
Rain Xu, piano14Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Jie Lu  
Sophia Lesokhin, violin14New York, NY
Student of Lynelle Smith  
Yunie Shin, piano14Ellicott City, MD
Student of Amy Kwon  
Calix Xia, piano15Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Emily Choi, piano15Los Angeles, CA
Hannah Biggins, piano15Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin  
Kyle Tianshi, piano15San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin  
Melissa Ho, piano15Beverly Hils, CA
Student of Wojciech Kocyan  
Nicole Ge, piano15San Jose, CA
Student of Wei Coglio  
Andrew Yuan, voice16San Jose, CA
Student of Iari Melchor  
Christian Kang, violin16Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Johnny Nam and Tracey Kim  
Elaine Pan, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung  
Haejoo Chang, piano16Chino Hills, CA
Student of Jiwon Han  
Pham Anh Minh Nguyen, piano16Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan  
Vivian Wang, piano16Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Yiman Zhang, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee  
Piers Rhee, piano17Winter Park, FL
Student of Ellen Betances and Yun-Ling Hsu  
Shiqi Luo, flute17Arcadia, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Varun Ganapathy, voice17Troy, MI
Student of Dr. Drake Dantzler and Carol Petty  
Ziying Zhao, Guqin26College Station, TX
Student of Xiaozi Lu  
Violin Duo:  
Sienna Hwang, violin13New York, NY
Chloe Cho, violin9New York, NY
Students of Sofia Chung  
Third Place Winners
Jamin Yoon, cello8Santa Monica, CA
Student of Youna Choi  
Johnny Chen, piano9Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung  
Lisa Dai, piano9Katy, TX
Student of Yan Shen  
Chloe Kang, violin11Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Tracy Kim  
Pham Minh Anh Nguyen, piano11Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh  
Rachelle Amelia Tan, violin11Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay  
Marysol Boisvert, viola12New Brunswick, Canada
Student of Swan Serna  
Shreya Rajeev, voice12San Jose, CA
Student of Bernadette Mondok Keller  
Albert Wu, violin13Great Neck, NY
Student of Kurt Nikkanen  
Elaine Liang, violin14Morganville, NJ
Student of William Law  
Kaira Soin, sitar14Sammamish, WA
Student of Randy Hollinger  
Eunseo (Dana) Ryu, piano15San Jose, CA
Student of Jacklyn Kim  
Vivian Davenport, piano15Thunder Bay, Canada
Student of Evelyn Davenport  
Aryo Nabyzadeh, piano16Santa Clara, CA
Student of Chaz Fautch  
Philip Orselli, tenor trombone22San Jose, CA
Honorable Mention
Isabella Ketkar, piano7Short Hills, NJ
Student of Emilie Filipek  
Aadil Memon, piano11Campbell, CA
Student of Jesse McMilin  
Emma Zhang, cello11Sarasota, FL
Grace Luo, violin11Potomac, MD
Student of Karin Kelleher  
Anthony Somers, violin12Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Hanna Saifzadeh, piano13Short Hills, NJ
Tara Saifzadeh, piano13Short Hills, NJ
Calvin Zhang, violin15Woodhaven, NY
Student of Joan Plana and Joseph Tamosaitis  
Rachel Nam, violin15East Brunswick, NJ
Student of Sharon Cho  
Alyssa Wu, piano16Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung  
Henry Mruz, euphonium16Morristown, NJ
Student of David Gallagher and Rich Barrieres  

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation



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 Health Crisis, 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.

Upcoming Competitions:


Competition of Romantic Music 2024

Deadline: October 10, 2024


Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2024

Deadline: October 25, 2024


Music Talent Competition Fall 2024

Deadline: November 3, 2024


Piano and Strings Competition 2025

Deadline: January 20, 2025


Concerto Competition 2025

Deadline: February 20, 2025