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International Competition of Romantic Music 2020

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 recording materials for the audition. Multiple winners will be chosen in each age category.

American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2020 attracted the largest number of very competitive applicants on record from 9 countries, including the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia.

Awards

Winners can choose to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in December 2021 on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

Judges’ Distinction Award and other Special Awards may be granted 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 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.

International Competition of Romantic Music 2020 Results:

 Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winner:​

Lindsay Tao is now seven years old girl from San Jose, CA. She is a second-grade student at valley Christine School. She has been learning piano since the age of five. She is a sunny, bright, and happy girl. She loves drawing, singing, and Kungfu. But the piano is her favorite. After half a year learning piano, she began to perform at various concerts. She has been invited to perform in numerous piano concerts. She won the second place at 2019 American Protégé International Music Competition and she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall for Winter Gala Concert. She won the first place and been chosen Exceptional Young Musician Special Prize at the 2020 Golden Classical International Competition. In this summer, she also won the first place and been chosen Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize at 2020 Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and first place at International Open Music Competition 2020.

WINNERS
Name Age Country/State
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 10:
First Place Winners
Tingchen Ding, violin 5 Kunming, China
Student of Maryna Kuchma
Lucas Yao, piano 6 Pitt Meadows, Canada
Student of Wayne Weng
Bentley Penn, piano 7 Fort Mcmurray, Canada
Student of Eunji penn
Evelyn Hwang, piano 7 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Sohyun Ahn
Jessica Hu, piano 7 Levittown, NY
Student of Joyce Ng
Lindsay Tao, piano 7 San Jose, CA
Student of Le Yu
Victoria Ramos, piano 8 Seattle, WA
Student of Marissa M. Rebadulla-Ramos and Peter Mack
Julia Gentry, piano 9 Newport Beach, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Sophie Yu, piano 9 Lincoln, NE
Student of Dr. Feifei Jiang
Vanessa Guan, piano 9 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Boxi Wang, violin 10 Kunming, China
Student of Maryna Kuchma
Cooper Li, violin 10 Sydney, Australia
Student of Yong Yang
Kathryn Loutzenheiser, cello 10 Irvine, CA
Student of Laszlo Mezo
Second Place Winners
Evelyn Wang, piano 5 Milpitas, CA
Student of Olivia Zhang
Victoria Cui, piano 6 Bellevue, WA
Student of Qian Yin
Ruoyu Zhong, violin 7 Kunming, China
Student of Maryna Kuchma
Rosalind Pham, piano 8 Portland, OR
Student of Leslie Chen
Audrey Cham, piano 9 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Aeneas Yu, piano 10 Fremont, CA
Student of Peyhwan Kuan
Ava Shu, piano 10 Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova
Jiyool Kim, piano 10 New York, NY
Student of Sohyun Ahn
Joseph Yoon, piano 10 Centreville, VA
Student of Dominique Shim
Leon Crisan, violin 10 San Jose, CA
Student of Wangchen Long
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Vanessa Guan 9 Austin, TX
Audrey Cham 9 Austin, TX
Students of Julia Hsiao
Third Place Winners
Xinwei Liu, piano 7 Beijing, China
Student of Mary Ko
Emma Tseng, piano 8 Katy, TX
Student of Alina Uddin
Stephen Cui, violin 8 Bellevue, WA
Student of Christian Neascu
Audrey Chu, piano 10 Portland, OR
Student of Leslie Chen
Justin Liaw, piano 10 Fremont, CA
Student of Peyhwan Kuan and Natalie Chia
Honorable Mention
Albert Zhang, piano 9 Gilroy, CA
Student of Elena Paradies
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
First Place Winners
Annie Le, violin 11 Malvern, PA
Student of Jessie Jin
Beatrice Jean Consolata Gobang, voice 11 Bekasi, Indonesia
Student of Valentina Nova Aman
Chloe Frisco, cello 12 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Clive Greensmith
Stella Seong, violin 12 Wyckoff, NJ
Student of Dr. Yu Jeong Lee
Chance Hattrick, piano 13 Clarcksburg, MD
Student of Jaewon Lee
David Deutsch, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev
James Tsaggaris, piano 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis
Nicole Rovniaguin, voice 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Vagharshak Ohanyan
Tane Kim, cello 13 Irvine, CA
Student of Jenny Hyunseung Oh
Catherine Li, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang
Emanuel Luo, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis
Henry Yao, piano 14 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Dr. Dante Dilanni and Shen-Ling Chuang
Isabella Jung, violin 14 Leonia, NJ
Student of Dr. Yu Jeong Lee
Kayleen Kim, cello 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Jenny Oh
Second Place Winners
Annabel Rae Ng, violin 11 Singapore
Student of Le Hoang Hai Van
Claira Nguyen, piano 11 Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu
Albena Deneva, piano 12 Sofia, Bulgaria
Student of Milena Pavlova
Claire Jin, piano 12 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu
Ivo Ivanov, piano 12 Sofia, Bulgaria
Student of Milena Pavlova
Qiao Zhang, piano 12 Temple City, CA
Student of Vera Hoalim
Serena Wu, piano 12 Solon, OH
Student of Xiaoling Anderson
Amber Lee, piano 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Agnes Mah
Katie Liu, piano 13 Portland, OR
Student of Leslie Chen
Seone Ahn, violin 13 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Najeong Kim
Wilson Song, violin 13 Irvine, CA
Student of Sorah Myung
Yue Zhang, cello 13 Shanghai, China
Student of Benjamin Larsen
Zijing Zhang, piano 13 Saratoga, CA
Student of Frank Levy
David Lee, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Student of John McCarthy
Devon Chang, violin 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Eunhee Kim 
Joshua Bold, piano 14 Gainesville, VA
Student of Aglaia Koras
Ryan Feng, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Le Yu
Shirley Xu, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Joy Liu 12 Leander, TX
Amelia Spielman 14 Austin, TX
Students of Julia Hsiao
Third Place Winners
Maya Jade Tantang, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Angela Ang
Sahana Manikandan, Oboe 12 Princeton, NJ
Student of Barbara Witmer
Darren Hung, piano 13 Henderson, NV
Student of Dr. Emily Hung
Winston Mahendra, violin 13 Fremont, CA
Student of Jing Yang
Rebecca Tang, violin 14 Chesterbrook, PA
Student of Jessie Jin
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Paras Nijhawan 14 Austin, TX
Henrik Chan 15 Austin, TX
Students of Julia Hsiao
Honorable Mention
Shogo Huang, violin 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Wangchen Long
Corey Zhang, piano 13 Sammamish, WA
Student of Joyce Tang
Romil Bhatt, piano 13 Fremont, CA
Student of Dorothy Su
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 18:
First Place Winners
Alexa Chen, harp 15 Pleasanton, CA
Anthony Mattson, voice 15 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Vago Ohanyan
Brian Lee, cello 15 Belmont, MA
Student of Eugene Kim
Ethan Chen, cello 15 Davis, CA
Student of David Chen
Honor Frisco, violin 15 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Elmer Su
Ivan Smaltsuga, flute 15 Kunming, China
Student of Denis Savelyev
Jayden Yeung, piano 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Lanzo Luconi
Jayden Yeung, violin 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Sam Fischer
Jeslyn Cai, piano 15 Spokane, WA
Student of Peter Mack and Karlyn Brett
Hwa Lang Cho, violin 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Heesun Choi
Jonathan Backues, piano 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Xiao-yan Sui
Nichatorn Tangkuptanon, harp 16 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of TongJuan Wang
Audrey Liu, piano 17 Cupertino, CA
Student of Tamami Honma
Henry Hsiao, voice 17 Princeton, NJ
Joanna Wang, piano 17 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Adam Kent
AYM-Octet2020:
Aidan Kwon, violin 11 San Jose, CA
Dongwoo Kang, violin 14 San Jose, CA
Erica Song, violin 15 San Jose, CA
Seyeon Rah, violin 16 San Jose, CA
Bomin Kim, viola 14 San Jose, CA
Brandon Kwon, viola 16 San Jose, CA
Donghyung Kang, cello 16 San Jose, CA
Andrew Kang, cello 17 San Jose, CA
Students of Sonyoung Kang
Second Place Winners
Amanda Wang, violin 15 Guilford, CT
Student of Shan Jiang
Anna Jun, violin 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Davis Law
Ellie Lee, violin 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin
Emily Kim, violin 15 Glendale, CA
Student of Shelly Ren
Eric S. Huang, piano 15 Katy, TX
Student of Alina Uddin
Gwyneth Gherzan, violin 15 Highland Park, NJ
Student of Sharon Gayoung Cho
Honor Frisco, piano 15 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Esther Keel
Ira Hsiao, piano 15 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Jaeyee Jung, violin 15 Raleigh, NC
Student of Rebekah Binford
Kelly Hung, piano 15 Henderson, NV
Student of Dr. Emily Hung
Luke Qiao, piano 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Dr. TingTing Zhang
Nathan Kim, piano 15 Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Student of Esther Keel
Nellie Nguyen, piano 15 Westminster, CA
Student of Ting Huang
Amber H Wang, cello 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Jenny Oh
Carolyn Nguyen, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Elaine Lin
Catherine Chen, piano 16 Valencia, CA
Student of Agnes Kim
Mary Zimmer, piano 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Yi Jia Ho
Simon Ahn, piano 16 Lansdale, PA
Student of Sonyi Gwon
Christine Youn, cello 17 Lake Oswego, OR
Student of Jae Choi
Eric Zhuo, piano 17 Murray, UT
Student of Ya Liu
Meilin Yen, voice 17 Cupertino, CA
Student of Haruna Shiokawa-Mo
Minji Kim, violin 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Elbert Tsai
Phillip Jeong, piano 17 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Yvonne Kim, cello 17 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Anne Francis Bayless
String Duo:
Natalie Nef, violin 17 Pleasant View, UT
Zach Benton, viola 17 Salt Lake City, UT
Students of David Porter
Third Place Winners
Darian Liu, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of William Wellborn
Derrick Liu, piano 15 Cupertino, CA
Student of Amy Hwang
Jaeyee Jung, piano 15 Raleigh, NC
Student of Debbie Kim
Lucas Chen, piano 15 East Rutherford, NJ
Bo Sun, violin 16 Exton, PA
Student of Jessie Jin
Joseph Mathew, piano 16 Coppell, TX
Student of Hwa Lee
Joseph Zhang, piano 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis
Miles Chen, piano 16 Beaverton, OR
Student of Mauro Bertoli
Zhenjie He, voice 16 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Opus Academy
David Hu, piano 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis
Sunoo Jeong, piano 18 Thousand Oaks, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Honorable Mention
Ryan Cheng, violin 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Jing Yang
Trinity Lee, violin 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Jing Yang
Eric Wang, piano 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Zhaoni Chen
Seoyeong Hwang, piano 16 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals
First Place Winners
Kseniia Vokhmianina, piano 29 Singapore
Hyojeong Kim, piano 31 Frisco, TX
Student of Pamela Mia Paul
JIn Ah Kwon, piano 35 Lewisville, TX

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: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage. Participants and piano accompanists do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

9. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $250 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. The Recital and Photo Fees include: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during ensemble’s performance on stage. Ensemble Members do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

10. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

11. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to take a risk to travel to NYC for the Recital, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a Package pickup or request a shipment to the friends or relative residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

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

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


To pay a $300 Winners Package fee online please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $20 will be added to the fee amount. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal.