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International Competition of Romantic Music 2017

The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music is open to instrumentalists (piano, piano duo, winds, strings, chamber orchestras, voice) of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition. Multiple winners will be chosen in each age category.

American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2017 attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada,  Costa Rica, Macedonia, Ukraine, South Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


Winners will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on:

Sunday, December 17, 2017 (Limited placements)

Sunday, December 24, 2017 (Christmas, Limited placements)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 and

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Special prizes for best performances were awarded 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 2017. 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 Competition of Romantic Music 2017 Results:

 Judges Distinction Awards (Trophies) Winners:​

Ryan Gannon is a 14-year-old 10th grader from Redwood City, California. At 4 years old, he joined Sujeeva Hapugalle’s studio. He began to compete in piano competitions at age 9. Ryan has excelled in regional and international piano competitions including numerous first-place finishes. He has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall three times. He completed the Young Artists Piano Program at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute in the summer of 2017. He performed a 10-piece concert at age 8 to raise money to buy a piano for the local elementary school. Since 2011, Ryan has participated in annual community fundraising concerts to help send local children to the San Francisco Symphony and other musical venues. This year, he has started a Musical Outreach Club at his high school to bring music to members of the surrounding communities.  In addition to piano and school, Ryan enjoys composing music, sports, math, reading, and spending time with his family.

Isabel Chomnalez has attended the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music for the past nine years, where she studies violin with Professor Isaac Malkin and plays in the first violin section of the Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra. Isabel has won top prizes in several international competitions and performed three times at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. In past summers, Isabel has participated and performed in music festivals in the United States, China, Germany, Greece and Italy (Cremona and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana). She also attended Interlochen Arts Camp six times. Born in the United States to Argentine parents, Isabel is currently a 12th grader at the Brearley School in New York City. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and has basic knowledge of Arabic. 

Violin  competition winner
Name Age Country/State
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 10:
First Place Winners
Not Awarded
Second Place Winners
Thannapas Luanpitpong, piano 6 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Dr. Pornphan Banternghansa    
Nichole Larsen, violin 8 Northumberland, PA
Student of Dr. Emily Rolka    
Ryan Xing, piano 8 Darien, CT
Student of Konstantinos Valianatos    
Adeline Shen, piano 9 Los Altos, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva    
Minghe Liu, piano 9 Beijing, China
Student of Hanze Liu    
Ephraim Tan, cello 10 Singapore
Student of Guo Hao    
Tiffany Zhang, piano 10 Katy, TX
Third Place Winners
Claire Jin, piano 9 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu    
Zuriel Te, piano 9 Singapore
Student of Eunmi Choi    
Zuriel Te, violin 9 Singapore
Student of Simon Browne    
Alina Vinokur, piano 10 Westport, CT
Student of Tatiana Pikayzen    
Enping Zhang, piano 10 Melbourne, FL
Student of Ann Rosen    
Joseph Zhou, piano 10 Houston, TX
Student of Mei Rui    
Honorable Mention
George Li, piano 7 Gainesville, FL
Student of Dr. Nadia Mezey    
Lavender Hwang, piano 10 Gilroy, CA
Student of Majhon Phillips    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
First Place Winners
Zera Te, violin 13 Singapore
Student of Simon Browne    
Amy Suwannatat, piano 14 Port Washington, NY
Student of Pippa Borisy and Dr. Donald Pirone    
David Kwan, piano 14 Cupertino, CA
Student of Michelle Lee    
Ines Nedelkovska, piano 14 Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Nina Kostova    
Ryan Gannon, piano 14 Redwood City, CA
Student of Sujeeva Hapugalle    
Second Place Winners
Crystal  Cheng, piano 11 Cupertino, CA
Student of John McCarthy    
Melody Qian, piano 11 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok    
Nina Huang, piano 11 Plano, TX
Student of Vita Zharkova    
Truman Walker, piano 11 Eagle, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive    
Aaron Becker, piano 12 Los Altos, CA 
Student of Natalia Borodulin    
Ryan Wang, piano 12 Champaign, IL
Student of Jing Hao    
Siddharth Pant, piano 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Irina Prilipko-Morgan    
Allison Yun, piano 13 Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Esther Keel    
Celine Chen, flute 13 Valencia, CA
Student of Mary Cervantes    
David Su, piano 13 East Amherst, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova    
Ivan Cheng, piano 13 Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok    
Jesse Dong, piano 13 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Jenny Shin    
Eugene Choi, cello 14 Lorton, VA
Student of Heejung Jung    
Katelyn Ge, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung    
Third Place Winners
Ashley Dixon, piano 12 Mission Viejo, CA
Student of Melody Chiang    
Eleanor Leung, piano 12 Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok    
Ethan Huan Nguyen, piano 12 Rancho Cucamongo, CA
Student of Aleksei Takenouchi    
Stephen Morris, piano 12 New York, NY
Student of Dr Sohyun Ahn    
Terrence Ho, piano 12 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song and Wai Han Cheung    
Annie Cui, piano 13 Massillon, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima    
Irene Wang, piano 13 Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova    
Keira Konson, piano 13 Oakton, VA
Student of Faith Zuniga
Ria Prasad, piano 13 Viera, FL
Student of Caroline Rosen    
Andrew Wu, piano 14 Buena Park, CA 
Student of Allison Edwards    
Iris Lu, piano 14 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Yin Yin Huang    
Richard Chiu, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis    
Yixuan (Lucy) Zhou, piano 14 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Tian Song    
Honorable Mention
Nini Guo, piano 11 Miller Place, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta    
Michelle Yeoh, piano 12 San Diego, CA
Student of Rowena Asuncion    
Neil Chen, piano 12 San Marino, CA
Student of Roger Wright    
Doris Lee, piano 13 Irvine, CA
Student of Yu-Hui Jen    
Audrey Yellich, piano 14 Carmel, CA
Student of Katie Gueoguieva    
Brian Yeung, piano 14 Wixom, MI
Student of Irene Steyman    
Dylan Giglio , piano  14 Pelham, NY
Student of Natalia Budyonny     
Justin Pai, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of  Emily Hung    
Olivia Dunleavy, piano 14 River Edge, NJ
Student of Stacie Yao    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 18:
First Place Winners
Nile Camai, piano 15 Issaquah, WA
Student of Dr. Ivona Kaminska
Christopher Lee, cello 16 Wexford, PA
Emily Yu, cello 16 Rockville, MD
Student of Ken Ding    
James Sinigalliano, piano 16 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi    
Joanne Wang, piano 16 Roanoke, VA
Student of Melia Garber    
Isabel Chomnalez, violin 17 New York, NY
Student of Isaac Malkin    
Jasper Chang, cello 17 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh    
Rhea Park, viola 17 Livermore, CA
Student of Madeline Prager and Jodi Levitz    
Second Place Winners
Alysa Cheung, piano 15 New York, NY
Student of Tian Song    
Annika Huprikar, piano 15 Deerfield, IL
Student of Susan Merdinger    
Josette Huang, piano 15 Honolulu, HI
Student of Joanna Zane Fan    
Sara Min, piano 15 San Jose, CA 
Student of Namiq Sultanov    
Alexander Cheng, piano 16 Sandy, UT
Student of Gary Amano    
Aneesha Sampath, violin 16 Gaitherburg, MD
Student of Leonora Karasina    
Erin Liu, piano 16 Saratoga, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis    
Ingrid Huang, piano 16 Beijing, China
Student of Prof. Wang Haibo    
Karl Godard, piano 16 Richfield, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima    
Kevin Yiyang Li, voice 16 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim     
Mona Suzuki, violin 16 Andover, MA
Student of Michael Rosenbloom    
Sylvia Tang, piano 16 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Shirley Irek
Evan Lam, piano 17 San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin    
Kasey Yu, violin 17 Fremont, CA
Student of Ker Qi and Elaine Ubando    
ManYun Wu, piano 17 Cerritos, CA
Student of Shun-Lin Chou    
Third Place Winners
Josephine Kim, cello 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Luyan Guo    
Miranda Wang, piano 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Bella Tseng    
Tejas Srinivasan, piano 15 Mason, OH
Student of Allison Highland    
Yijun Wang, piano 15 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim    
Evonne Iau, piano 16 Suwanee, GA
Student of Hwee Boon Ng    
Joseph  Feng, cello 16 Solon, OH
Student of Jerry Yarovich     
Paige Brown, piano 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva-Ledford    
Stephanie Pickrell, piano 16 Cypress, TX
Student of Alicia Shirley    
Alan Zheng, piano 17 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Christopher Carlon    
Bruce Markman, classical guitar 17 San Diego, CA
Student of Andrey Chuguev    
Jessica Chen, violin 17 Fremont, CA
Student of Ker Qi    
Katryn Basso , piano 17 Stonington , CT
Student of Nonetta Shatakhtsian    
Paul Overlie, piano 17 Newport News, VA
Student of Teri Falk    
Samantha  Won, piano 17 Fullerton, CA
Student of Soo Lee    
Honorable Mention
Richard Jones, piano 15 Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik    
Victoria Tran, piano 15 Goodyear, AZ
Student of Ed Anderson and Angela Anderson    
Ana  Cismaru, piano 16 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Katie Gueorguieva    
Rebecah Huang, piano 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Joyce Lee    
Tejas Thvar, piano 16 Los Altos, CA
Student of Maria Brodsky    
Anna Petti, piano 17 Mountain View, CA
Student of Katie Gueorguieva-Ledford    
Jennifer Wang, piano 17 Dallas, TX
Student of Grace Long and Ruth Ann Hoffman    
Kevin Nea, piano 17 Rowland Heights, CA
Student of Aleksei Takenouchi    
Scott Chen, piano 17 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Katie Gueorguieva     
Zepu Wu, piano 17 La Verne, CA
Student of Jenny Shin    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals
First Place Winners
Qianni Yang, piano 25 Columbus, OH
Student of Caroline Hong    
Yu Mi Bae, cello 30 Allston, MA
Student of Michael Reynolds    
Elena Korableva, cello 31 Brighton, MA
Jeong Hoon  Lee, flute 32 Denton, TX
Student of Mary Karen Clardy    
Second Place Winners
Tongtong  Lei, violin 19 Boston, MA
Student of Tao Yan and Lv Xu    
Suah Chang, piano 37 Westwood, NJ
Student of Deirdre O’Donohue    
Honorable Mention
Zhengfang Bao, piano 20 Boston, MA
Student of Gila Goldstein    
Andrea Arévalo Cuéllar, piano 24 Lima, Peru
Student of Marian Sobula and Carmen Escobedo    
Amateur Category
Honorable Mention
Maiya Kenick, piano 30 Hacienda Heights, CA


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:

– $300 Recital Fee, 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.

– $100 Photo Fee, includes set of digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage. Average set is 20-30 digital photos.

9. Recital Fee for Ensemble Members is $230 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. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

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

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