American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Piano and Strings Competition 2019

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 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.



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.



Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Winners Concerts will take place on

  • Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Sunday, April 21, 2019 (Easter)
  • Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Monday,  May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day)
  • Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Sunday, June 23, 2019
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019

Judges’ Distinction Award and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges’ recommendations.



Four qualified judges will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season. Dr. Sophya Genis is invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition 2019. A graduate of the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music, Mrs. Genis holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree. She studied piano with such renowned professors as Alexander Yoheles, Yakov Milstein and Yakov Zak.

International Piano and Strings Competition 2019 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophies) Winners

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William Zhang is 6 years old, from Milton of Georgia.  A current student of concert pianist and professor Raffi Besalyan, William began his piano studies at age of 4.  William showed keen interest for music as early as he was two. William is a cheerful, passionate and inquisitive boy. He has participated in a variety of recitals in different venues, including local churches, schools, golf clubs and senior homes. American Protégé is William’s first piano competition. He worked hard through the process of rehearsal and enjoyed playing his favorite music. William also loves reading, drawing and swimming.  

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Xiaoyan Liu, from Great Neck, NY, began to learn piano at the age of 3. After a few months of study, she started to shine among the top winners of several talent shows held in Queens and Long Island of NY, and U.N. headquarter in Manhattan. Her talent also attracted media’s attention. She was featured in an interview on Sinovision TV, one of the most influential Chinese televisions in North America. When she was 4, she frequently appeared on various concerts and competitions. She was selected to showcase on a Leschetizky Association concert, and her first public ticket-selling performance was in a benefit concert in Flushing townhall. 

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Emma K. Liu has played piano since age 5 and has passed ABRSM grade 5 exam in piano with distinction. She has won the Steinway Society of South Jersey Young Pianist Competition for 3 consecutive years.  Through various wins from International Piano Competitions, they have afforded her the privilege to perform at venues such as the Curtis Institute for Music and the Academy of Music at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center as well as Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

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Shaun Koumans, age 12, is from Irvine, CA. He started learning violin at age 6. He was the Grand Prize winner for the Satori Strings contest in 2018 and has won many awards from the Southwestern Youth Music Festival competitions. Shaun is also active as an orchestral player. Shaun has been playing at the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings since 2017. He currently studies violin under Eunhee Kim.

Winners by Age Category


Other applicants received Diploma of Participation


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