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International Piano and Strings Competition 2020

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 – 10 Amateur 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, April 12, 2020 (Easter)
  • Sunday, May 10, 2020 (Mother’s Day)
  • Monday, May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day)
  • Sunday, June 7, 2020
  • Saturday, June 20, 2020
  • Saturday, June 27, 2020

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 2020. 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.

How to Apply

To apply for the Competition participants must submit:

 – A completed online Application Form.
– YouTube (or other video sharing sites) link to the video recordings of their performance.
– Biography of the applicant in MS Word format (not to exceed 150 words). Include past participation in competitions, festivals and other public events. Portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the Competition brochure printing. Examples could be found in the Recital Booklet Sample – click here.
– Biography and photo should be e-mailed to
– Application fee.

Mailing Address

Mail the Application Fee to: American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128

For express shipping services: American Protege, Attn: Irina Ionova, 245 East 93rd Street, #22E, New York, NY 10128.

Application Deadline

The application materials acceptance will be closed by the end of the day on January 20, 2020.

 Application Fee

Application Fee for Solo performers – $200 for one piece.  Second audition piece (no time limit) can be accepted with $50 additional fee.
Application Fee for Ensemble Member is $120 per Member.
Application Fees are not refundable.
U.S. participants should make a check or money order payable to American Protégé and mail it to American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128. PayPal options below could be used with an additional fee added to cover PayPal service charge.
International participants may use:

 – Certified bank check or international money order payable to American Protégé. International participants must use express shipping services and provide the tracking number.
– PayPal payment option below. Additional fee will be added to cover PayPal service charge.

By clicking on “Pay Now” button you will be re-directed to PayPal

Solo Performers, one piece Second audition piece Ensemble Member (Duo, Trio)

Piano and Strings Competition Rules

 1. Age category and time limit for the application video recording of the first piece:

Category Age Performance Time limit
Young Musicians 5 – 10 not to exceed 5 minutes
Junior 11 – 14 not to exceed 6 minutes
Intermediate 15 – 18 not to exceed 6 minutes
Amateur 19 and up not to exceed 6 minutes
College Students and Professional Musicians 18 and up not to exceed 7 minutes

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

2. Repertoire Requirements:

Applicant may choose one or two pieces from the standard repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods).

One fast movement of Sonata or Sonatina could be accepted as a separate piece.

First (required) piece will be included into the Recital program if the participant is selected as a winner.

Only one piece could be performed at the Winners Recital. Set of different works is not acceptable for the Winners Recital.

Only original pieces will be accepted for pianists, no shortened versions.

3. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable).

4. Video recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant’s abilities, but need not be of a professional quality. Applicant’s name and exact title of the audition piece must be included in the description of the video on YouTube (Vimeo, etc.).

5. Contestants must perform from memory. No repeats. Music for the ensembles does not have to be memorized.

6. Judges comments will not be disclosed. Judges’ decisions are final and can’t be appealed.

7. First Prize Winners may not submit the same audition program for the following season.

8. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.

9. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece from the participant’s audition repertoire.

10. No changes to biographical information are allowed after the application is submitted.

11. Competition results will be published on the American Protégé web-site on February 28, 2020.

12. The Certificates will be granted to the performing winners only, after the Winners Recital. Winners who have chosen not to participate in the Winners Recital for any reason may be disqualified.

13. In addition to the Competition Rules, American Protégé General Policy provisions apply to all applicants and winners. Please read carefully American Protégé Policy before applying to the Competition.

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. To change a performance repertoire (including the shortened version of the piece for string performers), a $55 fee must be submitted on the Contact Us page no later than two months prior to the Recital.

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

5. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.

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

7. 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.

8. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and includes: admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage.

9. Recital Fee for Ensemble Members is $250 per Member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. Recital Fee includes admission for Ensemble Member, Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets per Member.

10. 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.

11. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

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

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


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Summer Gala Concert at Stern 2020

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Piano and Strings Competition 2020

Deadline: January 20, 2020

Concerto Competition 2020

Deadline: February 20, 2020


June 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

June 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM

June 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM

June 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

June 29 2019 at 3:30 PM

June 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Winter Gala Concert at Zankel Hall:

December 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Tickets are available at

Carnegie Hall website