American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Piano and Strings Competition 2024

The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition is open to school students and adults of all nationalities and countries. All instruments, including piano, strings, voice and winds are welcome to participate in the Competition.

Participants are required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each age category.

We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

A largest in history number of talented musicians applied for this year’s Piano and Strings Competition. They hailed from 22 countries, including different parts of the U.S., Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macedonia, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Réunion, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Eligibility

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

School Students:  Adults (18 and older):
  Young Musicians, 5 - 10Amateur without professional degree
 Junior, 11 - 14 College Students and Professional Musicians
 Intermediate, 15 - 18 

18-year-old school students must enter in the Intermediate Category. 18-year-old college students must apply under the College Students/Professionals Category.

Awards

Since the situation with Global Health Crisis is still uncertain, winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

Judges’ Distinction Award were granted based on the judges’ recommendations.

Judges

Four qualified judges will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season. Dr. Sophya Genis was invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition 2024. Mrs. Genis holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree. She studied piano with such renowned professors as Alexander Yoheles, Yakov Milstein and Yakov Zak.

American Protégé
International Piano and Strings Competition 2024 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

Caleb Sharkey studies with Golda Tatz at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. In 2023, he won first prize at the 2023 International Grande Music Competition, first prize at the 2023 New York Young Virtuoso Competition, and was Gold Medalist at the 2023 Piano Star International Competition. He was also a finalist for the 2023 Claudette Sorel Piano Competition at SUNY Fredonia. Caleb has performed at venues such as Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since 2016, Caleb has attended Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was the recipient of the Fine Arts Award in Piano in 2023. In addition to his piano studies, Caleb studies composition at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, with Alexander Yagupsky.

Cooper Li, 13, is from Sydney, Australia. He began playing the violin at the age of five and a half with professor Yang. He is currently in the First Violin for the Knox Symphony Orchestra. He has received First Prize in the following competitions. In 2020: the 10th Hong Kong International Violin Competition. In 2021: American Protégé Romantic Competition, the Royal Sound Strings Competition in Canada, and Rocky Mountain Talent Music International Competition. In 2023: St George Instrumental Eisteddfod, violin, and the All-Strings junior championship categories. He was also awarded the platinum prize in the Global Genius Music Competition for age 11-12 and the Romantic Category as well as receiving the Technical Mastery Musical Genius Special Prize, The Europe Classical Music Awards as the player who achieved the highest score to represent Australia and the Platinum prize for ages 10-13.

Jedidiah Kim, from Irvine, CA, is 11 years old and currently he is in 6th grade. He started playing piano at age 3 years old and began piano lessons under Ms. Maxine Gong at age 7. He has won Gold Award 2019 Franz Liszt International Youth Piano Competition, Also, won first place and Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize in 2020 International Music Competition Salzburg “Grand Prize Virtuoso”. He won another first prize in preliminary round and gold prize in final round and ambassador award in 2021 Arista International Music Competition. Also, participated and won first prize and Exceptional Young Talent

Sean Ishikawa is 9 years old. He began his violin studies at the age of 3 with Ms. Mio Unosawa Herzog. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2022 and 2023 as a winner of First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize in the Golden Music Awards International Competition and first prize of Golden Era of Romantic Music International. He has also performed at the Merkin Hall as a First Prize Winner of The International Grande Music Competition 2023. He has performed at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Amphithéâtre Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels, the Beethoven House in Bonn as a winner of First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition.

(STRINGS CATEGORY AWARD)

Sean Ishikawa is 9 years old. He began his piano studies at the age of 7. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2022 and 2023 and as a winner of First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize in the Golden Music Awards International Competition and first prize of AFAF regular season International Competition in 2022. He has also performed at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Amphithéâtre Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels, the Beethoven House in Bonn as a winner of First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition. His most recent performance was at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan as a winner of the Junior Classical Music Competition in Japan in 2023.

(PIANO CATEGORY AWARD)

Caden Chan is seven years old and a native of San Francisco. He has been learning piano since age four with his piano teacher, Min Chao. In 2023, Caden was awarded first place in the US Open Music Competition, the American Protégé International Piano Competition, the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competitions, the Orbetello Piano Competition, the Chopin Avenue International Piano Competition, and the Elevato Piano Competition (Chopin Edition), among others. He was also placed second in both the 5th WPTA Finland IPC and Chopin Avenue International Piano Competition in the Piano Concerto category. As a result, Caden has performed at the Warsaw National Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw and the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, Poland, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Carnegie Hall in New York. He also performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Zabrze Philharmonic in Poland.

Winners by Age Category


 

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. To change a performance repertoire, a $55 fee must be submitted on the Contact Us page no later than two months prior to the 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 (contact the office).

6. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.

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

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 of the Winner’s Package to the friends or relative residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

9. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.

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

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