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International Music Talent Competition Spring 2021

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.

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.

Awards

Since the situation with COVID-19 Global Health Crisis is still uncertain, winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2022-2023, 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.

Judges

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

American Protégé

Music Talent Competition Spring 2021 Results:


Scholarship Award Winner

Jonathan Paul Cambry is an American classical pianist, teacher, composer and producer from Chicago, Illinois. He has performed at multiple locations around the world, most notably the Chicago Symphony Center as a part of the 2012 Chicago Piano Day curated by concert pianist and Grammy-winning Soviet-born naturalized American classical pianist, Emanuel Ax. Pianists at this festival included world-renowned pianists Jorge Federico Osorio, Jeremy Denk, Reginald Robinson, Marc-André Hamelin, Orli Shaham, Valentina Lisitsa, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes and others. Cambry is also the founder of the American Chamber Opera, a Chamber opera in the United States which performs famous operatic works in English and has been featured on NBC and WGN networks in Chicago. Jonathan Cambry is a graduate of the University of Chicago Laboratory High Schools, class of 2000. In 2012, he performed at all the locations in the Memorial Day Weekend Keys to the City Piano Festival, that was created by the City of Chicago.

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winner

Jade Holt has been playing piano since age 5, and has enjoyed playing for others from the moment she touched her first key. Although she only recently expressed interest in playing in competitions, she achieved first place in Crescendo International in late 2020. A perfectionist at heart, Jade will often replay music even after mastering the technical aspects, as she then wants to add her “heart” into the piece. One of her most endearing qualities is her love for creating lyrics for any piece she learns – often silly, but sometimes endearing and filled with her own emotional connection with the music. In this way, Jade experiences her music on a deeply personal level that she expressed through her performance.
Name Age City, state, Country
First Place Winners
Brigitte Xie, piano 3 Ridgefield, CT
Student of Felicia Zhang
Marilyn Cheng, piano 6 Bayside, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Valerie Libby Kojongian, violin 7 Singapore
Student of Annie Lee
Jade Holt, piano 8 Tulsa, OK
Student of Tatyana Lantos
Olivia Ling Lim, piano 8 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Student of Joanna Chin Pak Kaan and Pok Chee Hong
Alexander Liu, piano 9 Yorktown Heights, NY
Student of Diyi Tang
Chloe Cheng, piano 10 Bayside, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Ivarine Kanthamanond, Traditional Instrument 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Kammathep Theeralertrat
Kingsley Din, piano 10 Flushing, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Kreea Chakraborty, voice 10 Hahira, GA
Student of Marti Schert
Abigail Kwon, violin 11 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ye-Jin Han
Evangeline Lien, viola 11 La Verne, CA
Student of Chu Ping Lin
Jayne You, piano 11 Los Angeles, CA
Mia Arima, violin 11 New York, NY
Student of Chloe Kiffer
Samuel Meyer Buch, piano 11 Sherman Oaks,  CA
Student of Rita Shen
Alexander Vivero, piano 12 Guadalajara, Mexico
Student of Joel N Juan Qui
Brianna Tang, Saxophone 12 Staten Island, NY
Student of Lukas Gabric and Jason Luft
Hayden Park, piano 12 Irvine, CA
Student of Kang, Young Sook
Eujeong Choi, cello 14 Niskayuna, NY
Student of Dr. David Bebe
Tiffany Tsui, violin 14 New York, NY
Student of Nurit Pacht
Eric Zhai, piano 15 Belmont, CA
Student of Olga Persits
Ethan Shin, cello 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Jehah Han
Ian Zhang, piano 15 Chester, NJ
Student of Richard Hendrickson
Julianna Owyang, Harp 15 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Linda Wood Rollo
Katherine Shi, piano 15 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Hong Zhu
Julia Huang, piano 16 Northville, MI
Student of Arthur Greene
Zhenjie (Jack) He, voice 16 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Janette Lim
Aiai Calmer, Guzheng/Zither 17 Highland, MD
Student of Bing Xia
Jared Weissberg, cello 17 Tustin, CA
Student of Esther Back
Matthew Bailey, cello 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
Jonathan Cambry, piano 38 Chicago, IL
Mary Beth Orr, Horn 40 Howard City, MI
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Justin Meng 6 East Amherst, NY
Vivienne Liu 6 Amherst, NY
Students of Dr. Violeta Arakelova and Diana Kezerashvili
RMA Piano quintet:
Erika Lyu 10 Buffalo, NY
Haolin Jin 8 East Amherst, NY
Aria Liang 8 Williamsville , NY
Christine Li 9 Williamsville, NY
Wenlee Vazquez 7 Buffalo, NY
Students of Diana Kezerashvili and Alexander Bator
Strings Sextet:
Ethan Guo, Guzheng 15 San Diego, CA
Brandon Diep, cello 14 San Diego, CA
Ethan Diep, cello 16 San Diego, CA
Anthony Jiang, cello 15 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Claire Jiang, cello 17 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Lily Guo, cello 12 San Diego, CA
Students of Lu-Yan Guo
Second Place Winners
Ananda María Domínguez Kesselman, flute 6 Cherry Hill, NJ
Student of Prema Kesselman
Caleb Ding, piano 6 Durham, NC
Student of Florence Ko
Anran Liang, violin 7 Singapore
Student of Elza Nartadjieva
Isaiah Shin, violin 7 Bronxville, NY
Student of Jung Won Yoon
Rossini lu, piano 8 Little Neck, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Shiori Mikami, violin 8 Houston, TX
Student of Dr. Jingwen Xu
William Yan, violin 8 Foothill Ranch, CA
Student of Wendy Castille
Lucas, Jun Kai Liow, cello 9 Singapore
Student of Natasha Liu
Shengshan Tang, piano 9 Champaign, IL
Student of Du Peng
William Foon, voice 9 Orinda, CA
Student of Leslie Noel
Akash Lokesh, piano 10 Aurora, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty
April Guo, piano 11 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Zhili Zhao
Olivia Zeng, piano 11 Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson
Ziyao Guan, piano 11 Whitestone, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Shannon Yu, piano 12 Cupertino, CA
Student of Tatiana Romanovsky
Shinjian Song, piano 12 Champaign, IL
Student of Peng Du Krol
Yan Qi Ong, violin 12 Singapore
Student of Edward Tan
Arjun Lokesh, piano 13 Aurora, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty
Malachi Balakrishnan, piano 13 Katy, TX
Student of Krume Andreevski
Astra Phoon, piano 14 Teaneck, NJ
Student of Michael Thomopoulos
Elaine Huang, piano 14 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Vivian Liu
Hannah Biggins, cello 14 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Grace Shin
Louis Son, piano 14 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Connie Nam and Grace Shin
Christian Kang, violin 15 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Tracey Kim and Grace Shin
Haoqing Ye, piano 15 Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis
Henry Idone, cello 15 Ridgefield, CT
Student of Dr. Chungsun Kim
Kate Chu, violin 15 El Sobrante, CA
Student of Heghine Boloyan
Katrina Lam, piano 15 Richardson, TX
Student of Jin Ah Kwon
Logan Yuan, piano 15 Avon, CT
Student of Pihsun Shih
Adi Kalahasti, Mridangam (South Indian Drum) 16 Solon, OH
Student of KV Gopalakrishnan
Aditi Dangi, piano 16 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Caitilyn Yu, piano 16 Monrovia, CA
Student of Lily Chen
Davis Clark, piano 16 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Corey Hamm
Annika Vallabhanath, cello 17 Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-jin Kim
Ethan Lee, violin 17 Norwood, NJ
Student of Sun Young Lee
Arjun Yogaratnam, piano 18 Frisco, TX
Student of Dr. Wen Ling Chua
Aryanna Holmes, violin 18 North Salt Lake, UT
Student of Eugene Watanabe
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Ilya Khazhinsky 7 Austin, TX
Victoria Khazhinsky 12 Austin, TX
Students of Julia Hsiao
Piano Trio/Six Hands:
Wenzhang Vazquez 11 Buffalo, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova
Hoor Siddiqui 11 Getzville, NY
Student of Alexander Bator and Diana Kezerashvili
Kristina Kirakosyan 12 Clarence Center, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova
Piano Trio/Six Hands:
Sarah Cho 15 Silver Spring, MD
Ella Phillippy 15 Boyds, MD
Danielle Lee 17 Rockville, MD
Students of Dr. JeongEun Park Kang
Flute and Harp Duo:
Ivy Liang, flute 17 Rockville, MD
Student of Leah Arsenault Barrick
Lauren Swain, Harp 18 Needmore, PA
Student of Carol McClure
Voice and Flute Duo:
Hillary LaBonte, voice 34 Chesterfield, MI
Mary Matthews, flute
Third Place Winners
Camellia Thng, violin 6 Singapore
Student of Yap Shu Mei
Grace Joy Chee, cello 6 Singapore
Student of Natasha Liu
Kaspar Ching, cello 7 Singapore
Student of Natasha Liu
Timothy Lau, piano 8 Waltham, MA
Student of Yuan Peng
Andrew Xu, piano 9 San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev
Ji-yeon Shin, violin 9 Bronxville, NY
Student of Jung Won Yoon
Lucy Wang, piano 9 San Ramon, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis
Mustafa Khalafov, piano 9 Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Elnara Djamalova
Yunseo Ha, violin 9 Busan, South Korea
Student of Haeri Na
Annaleigh Eve Ng, Vocal 10 Singapore
Student of Steven Ang
Austin Cai, piano 10 New York, NY
Student of Vivian Vivian Fang Liu liu
Anthony Pan, piano 11 Mansfield Center, CT
Student of Sima Brodsky
Garam Kim, violin 11 Busan, South Korea
Student of Haeri Na
Christiana Nhu Nguyen, violin 12 Irvine, CA
Student of Viola You
Keira Chang, viola 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Jennifer Tzeng
Mahati Geetla, piano 12 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Matthew Atticus Tan, violin 12 Singapore
Student of Odesa Tay
Ryan Zhao, piano 12 San Ramon, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis
Sierra Silverstein, piano 12 New York, NY
Student of Vivian Choi
David (Chehui) Lin, violin 13 Redmond, WA
Student of Prof. Cristian Neacsu
Michael Ovcharenko, piano 13 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Ryan Kim, piano 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Jaclyn Kim
Anoushka Pandit, piano 14 Dublin, CA
Student of Sofia Biktimir
Daniel Zhao, cello 14 Pasadena, CA
Student of Ling Yan
Emma Qiu, piano 14 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yan Shen
Alice Liu, violin 15 Downingtown, PA
Student of Jessie Jin
Angela Wang, piano 15 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Zhulinzi Wen
Fiorella Coto, piano 16 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Fernando Meléndez and Carmen Méndez
Kyle Cheng, viola 16 Syosset, NY
Student of Laura Broverman
Mehana Ellis, piano 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Annamarie McCarthy
Varun Malhotra, piano 16 Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis
Honorable Mention Winners
Victoria Wang, piano 7 Potomac, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Anjali Nadig, violin 8 Beaverton, OR
Student of Angelika Furtwangler
Isha Nadig, violin 8 Beaverton, OR
Student of Angelika Furtwangler
Justin Yang, piano 8 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

Winners Recital Information

1. 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. 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. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and includes: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage. Participants and piano accompanists do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

8. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $250 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. The Recital and Photo Fees include: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during ensemble’s performance on stage. Ensemble Members do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

9. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

10. 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.

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

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


To pay a $300 Winners Package fee online please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $20 will be added to the fee amount. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal.

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