International Competition of Romantic Music 2018

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 2018 attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Germany, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

Awards

Winners will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 15, 2018, December 16, 2018, December 23, 2018, March 31, 2019 and April 21, 2019 (Easter).

Special prizes for best performances were awarded 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 is invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition 2018. 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 2018 Results:

 Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:​

Sophia Suwiryo is a fourth grader at St. Mary School Hyde Park. She has been studying piano in the CCM Prep. University of Cincinnati with Dr. Takako Hayase Frautschi since she was 4 years old. Sophia was mentioned on WCPO and ABC News in 2018 as a 9-year-old child prodigy. She performed with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the conductor, John Morris Russell described her as “amazing” and “brilliant”.  She was also invited as a special guest on “Steve” Harvey TV show at Hollywood. Sophia has received many awards from piano competitions such as first place 2018 Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, a gold medal from AADGT, a grand prize in Rising Talent Music Festival, exceptional young talent prize in Music Awards International, and National Gold Medal from The Royal Conservatory.  She also performed three times in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie in New York.

Michelle Skylar, born in 2005, is a soprano vocalist who has lived in Russia, United States, and currently resides in England. Michelle achieved Grade 5 certification in piano and voice with distinction at the age of 9, with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and went on to play lead roles in Shakespeare Festivals in London. In 2017, Michelle was awarded 1st Prize in Golden Voices International Competition, 2nd Place in American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, and 1st Prize in International Vocal Competition, debuted at Carnegie Hall, and performed in concerts with orchestras in Moscow and St. Petersburg at the invite of the Spivakov Foundation. In 2018, Michelle was awarded Grand Prix and 1st Prize in International Competitions. Michelle has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, and Musikverein.

Hailey Kang is a 16 year old junior at Tualatin High School. She started cello at the age of eight years old and currently studies with Hyun-Jin Kim. She has been part of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for seven years and is currently co-principle of the top orchestra, as well as MYS’s top chamber group, MYSfits. Hailey is also the principle of her school orchestra. She was a three time winner in the Oregon Cello Society competition. She played in the 2017 All-Northwest Orchestra and 2018 All-State Orchestra as well as winning numerous concerto competitions such as Jewish Community Orchestra, two-time winner of MYS Concerto Competition, and Oregon Pro Arte Orchestra. Hailey has also participated in master classes taught by Harriet Krijgh, Colburn Conservatory professor Dr. Nail, and SF Conservatory professor Angela Lee. She attended Boston University’s 2018 Tanglewood summer solo camp. Hailey was a winner for the 2018 Monday Musical Scholarship Competition, as well as the 2018 Oregon State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

WINNERS
Name Age Country/State
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 10:
First Place Winners
Elijah Chang, piano 6 Campbell, CA
Student of Matt Wang
Sophia Suwiryo, piano 9 Mason, OH
Student of Dr. Takako Hayase Frautschi
Olivia Li, piano 10 Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko
Rachel Ko, piano 10 Santa Rosa, CA
Student of John McCarthy and Marilyn Thompson
Sadie Wang, cello 10 Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Second Place Winners
Angelina Wu, piano 6 Blacksburg, VA
Student of Sonya Ho
Jeremy Liu, piano 7 Naperville, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Elisa Xu, piano 8 Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung
Faith Divya Moey, violin 8 Singapore
Student of Cindy Yan
Leighton Ko, piano 8 Santa Rosa, CA
Student of John McCarthy and Marilyn Thompson
Abigail Goddard, piano 10 Studio City, CA
Alexandra Ma, piano 10 Toronto, Canada
Student of Michael Berkovsky
Brendan Tark, piano 10 Portland, OR
Student of Anne Denis
Lindsay Miao, piano 10 Winchester, MA
Student of Yidan Guo
Minghui Yao, piano 10 San Diego, CA
Student of Rowena F. Asuncion
Third Place Winners
Haowen Zhong, piano 6 Cambridge, MA
Student of Yidan Guo
Nicolette Ledford, piano 8 San Jose, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
First Place Winners
Kanami Nagaoka, piano 11 Kyoto, Japan
Student of Yumiko Imina
Alicia Chu, voice 12 Newark, DE
Student of ChunFeng Li
Michelle Skylar, voice 13 London, Great Britain
Student of Marika Rauscher
Ashley Yoon, violin 14 Charleston, SC
Student of Hye-Jin Kim
Grace Seoeun Kim, violin 14 Closter, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee
Second Place Winners
Jennifer Pan, piano 11 American Canyon, CA
Student of Amy Chiu
Jianna Jia Kim, flute 11 Blue Bell, PA
Student of Michael Maizels
Justin Sun, piano 11 Spring, TX
Student of Dr. Matthew Loudermilk
Noah Balough, piano 11 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva, M. M.
Henry Yao, piano 12 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Dr. Yu-Jane Yang and Shen-Ling Chuang
Caitlin Ang, cello 13 Waban, MA
Student of Elena Korableva
Zhuyun Wei, piano 13 Marietta, GA
Student of Hwee Boon Ng
Adrian Pu, piano 14 Davis, CA
Student of Natsuki Fukasawa
Daniel Cai, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Xiaoyan Sui
Jacob Youn, cello 14 Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Jason Li, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Anna Stal
Nathan Napier, piano 14 Amherst, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova
Raina Bandekar, flute 14 Ambler, PA
Student of Michael Maizels
Third Place Winners
Hongyu “Hugh” Ma, piano 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Aidan Robinson, piano 13 La Canada, CA
Student of Yin Yin Huang
Bell Chen, cello 13 Shoreline, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li
Jinjeong Kim, piano 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Inna Gendler
Nicolas Kim, piano 13 New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn
Reagan Smith, piano 13 Eagle, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive
Ryan Si, piano 13 Hinkley, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima
Audrey Burnett, piano 14 Chandler, AZ
Student of Yali Luo
Charles Hawthorn, piano 14 Missouri City, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Chengyi Situ, piano 14 Canton, MA
Student of Shelley Robbins and Emily Luker
Nathan Mu, piano 14 Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Honorable Mention
Anakha Ganesh, piano 13 Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Dylan Hooshi, piano 13 Old Westbury, NY
Student of Vivian Chan
Jiaxuan (Christina) Peng, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Ping
Komal Pamujula, piano 14 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Rahul Gunturi, piano 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 18:
First Place Winners
Issa Okamoto, voice 15 Portland, OR
Student of Hannah Penn
Kevin Yu, piano 15 Austin, TX
Student of Dr. Susan Groves
David Ban, piano 16 Wexford, PA
Student of David Allen Wehr
Hailey Kang, cello 16 Tualatin, OR
Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Renee Qin, harp 16 West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Elizabeth Volpe Bligh
Alexander Cheng, piano 17 Sandy, UT
Student of Gary Amano
Frederick Chang, violin 17 Cary, NC
Student of Shelley Livingston
Second Place Winners
Friedrich Fong-Yi Liu, violin 15 Brookline, MA
Student of Mark Lakirovich
Jane Hwang, piano 15 Chestnut Hill, MA
Student of Pavel Nersessian
Jeffrey Huang, piano 15 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Taichen Cheng
Jia Yuan Hu, piano 15 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Katerina Fenner, piano 15 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Janna Usmanova
Christine Kim, piano 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Inna Gendler
Kenichiro Takeoka, piano 16 Newton, MA
Student of Mana Tokuno
Stephanie Wang, piano 16 Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko
Brandon Kim, violin 17 Belmont, MA
Student of Kyoko Horowitz
Third Place Winners
Alex Ye, piano 15 Mason, OH
Student of Luba Fedorov
Alton Shen, piano 15 Austin, TX
Student of Susan Groves
Audrey Yellich, piano 15 Carmel, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Erica Hooshi, piano 15 Old Westbury, NY
Student of Vivian Chan
Jeffrey Huang, violin 15 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Amy Liu
Mathew Luo, piano 15 Saratoga, CA
Student of Yu Yang
Nicholas Xie, piano 15 Athens, GA
Student of Anatoly Sheludyakov
Tomas Germanas, piano 15 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Sima Elkis
Jialin Tso, piano 16 Chantilly, VA
Student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt
Joyce Yang, piano 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Tchetchko
Jun Sang Lee, piano 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn
Katherine Chou, piano 16 Chandler, AZ
Student of Yali Luo
Honorable Mention
Anna Zhao, piano 15 San Marino, CA
Student of Chloe Xie
Annie Wang, piano 15 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Chris Carlon
Ian Morgan, piano 15 Medina, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima
Nina Shenoy, piano 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Nina Shenoy
Samantha Shelffo-McGrath, piano 15 New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn
Ananya Ramkumar, piano 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Natalia Borodulin
Kyra Hooshi, piano 16 Old Westbury, NY
Student of Vivian Chan
Richard Jones, piano 16 Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Sanjay Gollapudi, viola 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Peter Thompson
Albert Zhu, piano 17 Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson
Audrey Hsu, piano 17 San Diego, CA
Student of Hsin-I Sharon Cheng
Elya Lavi, piano 17 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Leke Salihu
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
First Place Winners
Fei Tong, violin 25 Mount Pleasant, MI
Student of Fangye Sun
Silvia Denk, flute 45 Passau, Germany
Student of Prof. Peter Thalheimer and Prof. Gunther Pohl
Shun-Jung Hsu, piano 29 Madison, Wi
Xin Zhang, piano 31 Lexington, KY
Student of Irina Voro and Joanne Polk
Yibing Zhang, piano 30 Plano, TX
Student of Pamela Mia Paul and Joaquin Achucarro
Second Place Winners
Carolina Ramírez, piano 24 Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Alexander Sklioutovsky
Kevin He, cello 24 Lexington, KY
Kevin Xiao, piano 24 South Windsor, CT
Student of Maggie Francis
Linda Iko Suzuki, piano 36 Edgewater, NJ
Madeleine Riding, violin 18 Spanish Fork, UT
Student of Monte Belknap
Ryan Grieser, viola 19 Cleveland, OH
Student of Prof. Jeffrey Irvine
Shelley Shao, piano 18 Toronto, Canada
Student of Enrico Elisi
Yi Qing Elaine Yang, piano 20 Toronto, Canada
Student of Enrico Elisi
Amateur Category:
First Place Winner
Emelia Suljic, voice 20 La Jolla, CA
Student of Dr. Robert White, Jr.
Second Place Winner
Ashley Tolman, voice 28 Logan, UT
Student of Susan Haderlie
Honorable Mention
Karen Salicath Jamali, piano 50 Greenwich, CT

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. 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 $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. 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.