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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.


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.


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.

Music Competition Winner

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.

Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 10:
First Place Winners
Elijah Chang, piano6Campbell, CA
Student of Matt Wang
Sophia Suwiryo, piano9Mason, OH
Student of Dr. Takako Hayase Frautschi
Olivia Li, piano10Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko
Rachel Ko, piano10Santa Rosa, CA
Student of John McCarthy and Marilyn Thompson
Sadie Wang, cello10Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Second Place Winners
Angelina Wu, piano6Blacksburg, VA
Student of Sonya Ho
Jeremy Liu, piano7Naperville, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Elisa Xu, piano8Irvine, CA
Student of Emily Hung
Faith Divya Moey, violin8Singapore
Student of Cindy Yan
Leighton Ko, piano8Santa Rosa, CA
Student of John McCarthy and Marilyn Thompson
Abigail Goddard, piano10Studio City, CA
Alexandra Ma, piano10Toronto, Canada
Student of Michael Berkovsky
Brendan Tark, piano10Portland, OR
Student of Anne Denis
Lindsay Miao, piano10Winchester, MA
Student of Yidan Guo
Minghui Yao, piano10San Diego, CA
Student of Rowena F. Asuncion
Third Place Winners
Haowen Zhong, piano6Cambridge, MA
Student of Yidan Guo
Nicolette Ledford, piano8San Jose, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
First Place Winners
Kanami Nagaoka, piano11Kyoto, Japan
Student of Yumiko Imina
Alicia Chu, voice12Newark, DE
Student of ChunFeng Li
Michelle Skylar, voice13London, Great Britain
Student of Marika Rauscher
Ashley Yoon, violin14Charleston, SC
Student of Hye-Jin Kim
Grace Seoeun Kim, violin14Closter, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee
Second Place Winners
Jennifer Pan, piano11American Canyon, CA
Student of Amy Chiu
Jianna Jia Kim, flute11Blue Bell, PA
Student of Michael Maizels
Justin Sun, piano11Spring, TX
Student of Dr. Matthew Loudermilk
Noah Balough, piano11Los Gatos, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva, M. M.
Henry Yao, piano12Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Dr. Yu-Jane Yang and Shen-Ling Chuang
Caitlin Ang, cello13Waban, MA
Student of Elena Korableva
Zhuyun Wei, piano13Marietta, GA
Student of Hwee Boon Ng
Adrian Pu, piano14Davis, CA
Student of Natsuki Fukasawa
Daniel Cai, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Xiaoyan Sui
Jacob Youn, cello14Portland, OR
Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Jason Li, piano14San Diego, CA
Student of Anna Stal
Nathan Napier, piano14Amherst, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova
Raina Bandekar, flute14Ambler, PA
Student of Michael Maizels
Third Place Winners
Hongyu “Hugh” Ma, piano12San Jose, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Aidan Robinson, piano13La Canada, CA
Student of Yin Yin Huang
Bell Chen, cello13Shoreline, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li
Jinjeong Kim, piano13San Jose, CA
Student of Inna Gendler
Nicolas Kim, piano13New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn
Reagan Smith, piano13Eagle, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive
Ryan Si, piano13Hinkley, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima
Audrey Burnett, piano14Chandler, AZ
Student of Yali Luo
Charles Hawthorn, piano14Missouri City, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Chengyi Situ, piano14Canton, MA
Student of Shelley Robbins and Emily Luker
Nathan Mu, piano14Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Honorable Mention
Anakha Ganesh, piano13Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Dylan Hooshi, piano13Old Westbury, NY
Student of Vivian Chan
Jiaxuan (Christina) Peng, piano14Irvine, CA
Student of Ping
Komal Pamujula, piano14Pleasanton, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Rahul Gunturi, piano14Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 18:
First Place Winners
Issa Okamoto, voice15Portland, OR
Student of Hannah Penn
Kevin Yu, piano15Austin, TX
Student of Dr. Susan Groves
David Ban, piano16Wexford, PA
Student of David Allen Wehr
Hailey Kang, cello16Tualatin, OR
Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Renee Qin, harp16West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Elizabeth Volpe Bligh
Alexander Cheng, piano17Sandy, UT
Student of Gary Amano
Frederick Chang, violin17Cary, NC
Student of Shelley Livingston
Second Place Winners
Friedrich Fong-Yi Liu, violin15Brookline, MA
Student of Mark Lakirovich
Jane Hwang, piano15Chestnut Hill, MA
Student of Pavel Nersessian
Jeffrey Huang, piano15Pleasanton, CA
Student of Taichen Cheng
Jia Yuan Hu, piano15Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Katerina Fenner, piano15Santa Clara, CA
Student of Janna Usmanova
Christine Kim, piano16San Jose, CA
Student of Inna Gendler
Kenichiro Takeoka, piano16Newton, MA
Student of Mana Tokuno
Stephanie Wang, piano16Cary, NC
Student of Florence Ko
Brandon Kim, violin17Belmont, MA
Student of Kyoko Horowitz
Third Place Winners
Alex Ye, piano15Mason, OH
Student of Luba Fedorov
Alton Shen, piano15Austin, TX
Student of Susan Groves
Audrey Yellich, piano15Carmel, CA
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Erica Hooshi, piano15Old Westbury, NY
Student of Vivian Chan
Jeffrey Huang, violin15Pleasanton, CA
Student of Amy Liu
Mathew Luo, piano15Saratoga, CA
Student of Yu Yang
Nicholas Xie, piano15Athens, GA
Student of Anatoly Sheludyakov
Tomas Germanas, piano15Ellicott City, MD
Student of Sima Elkis
Jialin Tso, piano16Chantilly, VA
Student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt
Joyce Yang, piano16San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Tchetchko
Jun Sang Lee, piano16San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn
Katherine Chou, piano16Chandler, AZ
Student of Yali Luo
Honorable Mention
Anna Zhao, piano15San Marino, CA
Student of Chloe Xie
Annie Wang, piano15Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Chris Carlon
Ian Morgan, piano15Medina, OH
Student of Tatsuya Nagashima
Nina Shenoy, piano15San Ramon, CA
Student of Nina Shenoy
Samantha Shelffo-McGrath, piano15New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn
Ananya Ramkumar, piano16Palo Alto, CA
Student of Natalia Borodulin
Kyra Hooshi, piano16Old Westbury, NY
Student of Vivian Chan
Richard Jones, piano16Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Sanjay Gollapudi, viola16Cupertino, CA
Student of Peter Thompson
Albert Zhu, piano17Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson
Audrey Hsu, piano17San Diego, CA
Student of Hsin-I Sharon Cheng
Elya Lavi, piano17Scarsdale, NY
Student of Leke Salihu
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
First Place Winners
Chen Liang, piano24Winchester, VA
Jian Song, violin29Winchester, VA
Fei Tong, violin25Mount Pleasant, MI
Student of Fangye Sun
Silvia Denk, flute45Passau, Germany
Student of Prof. Peter Thalheimer and Prof. Gunther Pohl
Shun-Jung Hsu, piano29Madison, Wi
Xin Zhang, piano31Lexington, KY
Student of Irina Voro and Joanne Polk
Yibing Zhang, piano30Plano, TX
Student of Pamela Mia Paul and Joaquin Achucarro
Second Place Winners
Carolina Ramírez, piano24Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Alexander Sklioutovsky
Kevin He, cello24Lexington, KY
Kevin Xiao, piano24South Windsor, CT
Student of Maggie Francis
Linda Iko Suzuki, piano36Edgewater, NJ
Madeleine Riding, violin18Spanish Fork, UT
Student of Monte Belknap
Ryan Grieser, viola19Cleveland, OH
Student of Prof. Jeffrey Irvine
Shelley Shao, piano18Toronto, Canada
Student of Enrico Elisi
Yi Qing Elaine Yang, piano20Toronto, Canada
Student of Enrico Elisi
Amateur Category:
First Place Winner
Emelia Suljic, voice20La Jolla, CA
Student of Dr. Robert White, Jr.
Second Place Winner
Ashley Tolman, voice28Logan, UT
Student of Susan Haderlie
Honorable Mention
Karen Salicath Jamali, piano50Greenwich, CT


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.