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International Competition of Romantic Music 2021

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 2021 attracted the largest number of very competitive applicants on record from 6 countries, including the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.

Awards

Since the situation with COVID-19 Global Health Crisis is still uncertain, winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2023, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

Special prizes for best performances may be 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 2021. 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 2021 Results:

 Judges’ Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winners:​

Grace Wang studies piano with Dr. Jonathan Bass at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Grace has won the first place with Judges’ Distinction in the 2021 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, first prize in the 2021 GLORY Int’l Romantic Music Competition, first place in the 2021 American Protégé International Piano and String Competition, and first prize in the Great Composers Competition 2021 Masters of Concerto and 2021 Best Chopin Performance. She has also been awarded first place in the Piano Teacher’s Congress of New York Honors Program, first prize with a perfect score in the Crescendo International Music Competition, first prize in the American Protégé Talent competition. Grace has performed numerous times at Carnegie Hall.

Grace Peng, from Atlanta, Georgia, began studying piano at the age of five. Currently, she studies with Dr. David Fung, but her primary teachers have included Raffi Besalyan and Elena Cholakova. Her accolades include being a laureate of the ENKOR International Piano Competition, Nashville International Piano Competition, Steinway Junior Piano Competition, a semifinalist of the William Knabe Piano Competition, and a four-time winner of the Georgia Music Teachers’ Association auditions. She has participated in several international music festivals, including the John Perry Academy, Lee University Piano Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival, where she has studied with pianists such as Natalya Antonova, Alan Chow, John Perry, and Ran Dank. Outside of solo piano, Grace is the pianist of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Sycamore Piano Trio, which has won the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition. She is a current senior at Northview High School.

Grace Navarro is a seventeen year old Mezzo-Soprano from Los Angeles County. She’s a senior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she studies Opera. Grace also studies at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. She will begin her third year with them in 2022. Grace is an alumni of Washington National Opera’s Institute for High School students. In 2019, she participated in LAO’s Opera Camp and performed in Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle. During that summer, she was also in the California Philharmonic Chorale and performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She’s an honorary member of Cal Tech’s Chamber Choir and Glee Club. This year, Grace was a semifinalist in Spotlight at the Music Center of LA Opera. About two years ago, she was a Los Angeles Rotary Club Pageant of the Arts Finalist and First Place Winner in her district.

Ryan Lee, who has just turned 13, was inspired to learn to play the cello after hearing Bach’s cello suites when he was 9. He now studies cello with Brady Anderson in Pleasanton, and is in his school orchestra. Ryan loves performing, whether for a recital or for a competition. He has won many awards, including first prize in the San Francisco International Innovative Music Competition (SFIIMC), the North California Young Talents Music Competition, and the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) VOCE Alameda County section competition. He has also won awards in the VOCE California State Final, the California American String Teachers Association (CalASTA) – San Francisco competition, United States International Music Competition (USIMC), the Korean-American Music Supporters’ Association Competition (KAMSA), the United States Open Music Competition (USOMC),  and the International Grande Music Competition (IGMC). When not playing cello, you’ll find him reading sheet music online, doing math, or coding.

James Tsaggaris started piano lessons when he was 5.5 years old. He passed the California Certificate of Merit level 9 exam at 13 years of age and is currently working towards the advanced level certificate. In 2021, he competed in person at the United States Open Music Competition in Oakland, California winning First Place in the Treasury of U.S.A. Composers and Second Place in the Showcase Piano Solo against older kids. He also won First Place in the 2021 U.S. International Open Music Competition, as well as First Place in the 2021 American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. In 2020, he won First Place in the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. Besides music, James also loves inventing things. His design of a mechanism to automatically flip music sheets won First Prize at the 2020 Synopsis Science Fair.

Evangeline Lien made her public solo piano debut recital at the age of 9. The unique sound of the viola attracted her attention, which led her to transition to a violist. She was frequently invited to perform in mayor recitals, churches, and senior homes.  By the age of 11, she had won numerous international competitions including the 1st prize of the American Protege International Music Talent Competition, 1st prize of the Golden Classical Music Awards, 1st prize of the International Music Competition “Bonn and Salzburg” Grand Prize Virtuoso with invitations to perform at Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and Solitär Mozarteum in Salzburg, 1st prize of the Greece Muse International Competition along with the 3rd prize of the overall winners,  1st prize with Menzione Speciale of the 31st Young Musician International Competition “City of Barletta”,  1st place of the 21st Century Talents Music Competition, 1st prize of the IMKA Music Competition, and 1st prize of the Charleston International Music Competition. She is also a laureate of the North, Odin, 6th Rising Stars Grand Prix, Chicago, and American Virtuoso International Music Competitions.

Olivia Yu, from Lincoln Nebraska, is currently a 1st grader at the Maxey Elementary School. She started to learn piano at five years old with Dr. Feifei Jiang and Dr. Hua Jiang at the JF International Music Academy in Lincoln. Olivia practices piano joyfully and persistently. She was awarded the first place of the U.S. division of the 2021 Conero International Piano Competition and a scholarship to participate in the Young Musician Program of the 2021 Conero International Piano Festival. She was also a prize winner of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in 2021 and the International Piano Competition Online in 2021. Olivia enjoys performing in public and performed in several concerts at the Conero International Piano Festival in Kansas City in 2021 as well as many local music events. She also loves reading and drawing.

Andrew Lun is a seven years old boy from New York City. He is a second grader at St. Bernard’s School. He started his formal piano studies with Fumiko Honda Bauer when he was five and a half. After his first six months of study, Andrew started to make incredible progress and during the next year he rapidly learned the following works: all fifteen Inventions of Bach, three waltzes and a polonaise by Chopin, and several classical Sonatinas. Andrew is already starting to make his mark as a performer. He was a Gold Prize winner of the 2021 International Young Artist Competition, also a Grand Prix winner of the Music-Fest Rising Talents Festival and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. Besides playing the piano, Andrew enjoys Math, reading, chess, tennis and learning different languages. He is also a student at School of American Ballet.

WINNERS
Name Age Country/State
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 10:
First Place Winners
Olivia Yu, piano 6 Lincoln, NE
Student of Dr. Feifei Jiang and Dr. Hua Jiang
Andrew Lun, piano 7 New York, NY
Student of Fumiko Honda Bauer
Julia Gentry, piano 10 Newport Beach, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Maxwell Brown, violin 10 Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard Santore
Ryusei Kobayashi, piano 10 Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Student of Masumi Maeda
Yi Ting Lim, cello 10 Singapore
Student of Professor Natasha Liu
Zoe Augusto Pook, piano 10 Semarang, Indonesia
Student of Midya Wirawan, LRSM
Second Place Winners
River Brown, violin 5 Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard
Emma Zhou, piano 8 Getzville, NY
Student of Dr. Violeta Arakelova and Diana Kezerashvili
Jacob Frame, piano 8 Katy, TX
Student of Alina Uddin
Jundi Ke, piano 8 Hollywood, FL
Student of Zheng Wang and Zhangqian Huang
Lena Okada, piano 8 Rolling Meadows, IL
Student of Midori Nagasaka
Carissa Darmawan, piano 9 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Helun Yang, piano 9 Irvine, CA
Student of Cheng Zhu
Kyle Tanaka, piano 9 Palatine, IL
Student of Midori Nagasaka
Rachel Wang, piano 9 Acton, MA
Student of Yidan Guo
Yoojun Curtis Lee, violin 9 Singapore
Student of Helena Dawn Yah
Boyou Huang, piano 10 Champaign, IL
Student of Jing Hao
Katie Moon, violin 10 Harbor City, CA
Student of Diana Kim
Kaylah Liu, piano 10 Sandy, UT
Student of Ya Liu
Third Place Winners
Daniel Frame, piano 10 Katy, TX
Student of Alina Uddin
Grace Guo, piano 10 Lexington, MA
Student of Andrew Goodridge
Mia Turakhia, violin 10 Hillsborough, CA
Student of Alena Tsoi-Barantschik
Selina Dong, piano 10 Draper, UT
Student of Ya Liu
Honorable Mention
Steven Si, piano 8 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Leem Jia En, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Khoong Shok Meng
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
First Place Winners
Evangeline Lien, viola 11 La Verne, CA
Student of Chu-Ping Lin
Sarah Qistina Lim, voice 11 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Student of Cha Seng Tiang
Alex Kim, piano 12 Mountain View, CA
Student of Jinhee Kim
Gina Fanelli, piano 12 Morrow, OH
Student of Takako Hayase Frautschi
James Yan, piano 12 Champaign, IL
Student of Jiafeng Yan and Jing Hao
Katherine Yaya Wang, piano 12 Carmel, IN
Student of Phoenix Park-Kim
Cynthia Huang, cello 13 La Jolla, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov
Ryan Lee, cello 13 Dublin, CA
Student of Brady Anderson
David Deutsch, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev
Gahyeon Yoon, clarinet 14 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Katie Ryu
Isaac Sohn, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Kookhee Hong
James Tsaggaris, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Nataly Gingis
Kenan Begovic, piano 14 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Student of Belinda Juang
Oliver Kahng, violin 14 West Orange, NJ
Student of Sharon Cho
Theodore Tak, cello 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Piano Duo/ Four Hands:
April Yang, piano 14 East Amherst, NY
Kevin Yang, piano 15 East Amherst, NY
Students of Violeta Arakelova
Second Place Winners
Akshatha Arunkumar, piano 11 Cupertino, CA
Student of Matt Wang
Ethan Zhang, piano 11 Naperville, IL
Student of JeongSoo Kim
Angelina Wang, piano 12 Farmington, CT
Benjamin Lim, piano 12 Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Sung Eun Lee
David Mun, piano 12 Tenafly, NJ
Student of Juny Jung
Lemi Okada, piano 12 Rolling Meadows, IL
Student of Midori Nagasaka
Lucas Wang, violin 12 Los Altos, CA
Student of Iskandar Widjaja
Roy Wang, piano 12 Champaign, IL
Student of Jing Hao
Eleanor Yu, piano 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Yo Han Kim
Wendy Liu, violin 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Zheng Zeng
Anna Lui, piano 14 South Jordan, UT
Student of Ya Liu
Annika Shivam, piano 14 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Beverlyn Tsai, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Jane Jung
Claire Wang, piano 14 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Yangwei Situ
Daniel Mun, piano 14 Tenafly, NJ
Student of Juny Jung
Joseph Padalecki, piano 14 Concord, CA
Student of Stephanie Pai
Kristy Luk, piano 14 Hong Kong
Maya Fu, piano 14 Superior Township, MI
Student of Michele Cooker
Sean Park, piano 14 Edgewater, NJ
Student of Simon Juny Jung
Zijing Zhang, piano 14 Saratoga, CA
Student of Frank Levy
Piano Duo/ Four Hands:
Joshua Hana, piano 10 Austin, TX
Samuel Hana, piano 12 Austin, TX
Students of Julia Hsiao
Third Place Winners
Alex Xu, piano 12 Potomac, MD
Student of Max Foster
Andrew Gong, violin 12 Saratoga, CA
Student of Wangchen Long
Chelsea Chen, piano 12 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu
Alexander Brown, piano 14 Austin, TX
Student of Minako Horimura
Cara Kim, piano 14 San Ramon, CA
Student of Junghee Park
Clarissa Joy Lee, violin 14 Singapore
Student of Andrea Lin
Honorable Mention
Siboney Oviedo-Gray, piano 13 Rye, NY
Student of Peggy Reich
Sofia Lee Lugo, cello 13 Wilton, CT
Student of Dr. Sara Bennett Wolfe
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 18:
First Place Winners
Catherine Li, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang
David Lee, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of John McCarthy and Richard Cionco
Sophie Zhu, piano 15 Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova
Chantale Tso, violin 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Ker Qi
Ellie Lee, violin 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Irina Tseitlin
Francesco Severino, piano 16 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Violette Hu and Robin Sharp
Grace Yang, cello 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of Jehah Han
Julianna Owyang, Harp 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Linda Wood Rollo
Nathan Mo, piano 16 Herndon, VA
Student of Evelyn Mo
Alyssa Wu, cello 17 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Ling Yan and
Brandon Lee, flute 17 Riverside, CA
Student of Yongmi Choi
Grace Peng, piano 17 Alpharetta, GA
Student of David Fung
Grace Navarro, voice 17 San Marino, CA
Student of Millicent Scarlett and Monica McCullough
Grace Wang, piano 17 Andover, MA
Student of Dr. Jonathan Bass
Joshua Kave, viola 17 Tarzana, CA
Student of Jonathan Moerschel
John Matters, violin 18 Milton, MA
Student of Naoko Tanaka and Lynn Chang
Piano Trio:
Jaehyun Lim, clarinet 15 Saratoga, CA
Steven Jeon, viola 15 San Jose, CA
Claire Lee, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Students of Sonyoung Kang
Piano Trio:
Frances Kueper, violin 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Seo Hee Byun
Cindy Xu, viola 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Yen-Yin Lee
Sabrina Ning, piano 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Maggie Lee
Second Place Winners
Audrey Fang, piano 15 Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova
Christina Huang, piano 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Zhao Zhao Yang
Dixon Yang, violin 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Ker Qi
Elisabeth Floyd, piano 15 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Erna Gulabyan
Emily Kim, cello 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Jenny Oh
Emma Leifer, violin 15 New York, NY
Student of Eriko Sato
Joon-Hyung Noh, voice 15 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Sang Keun Chang
Maxwell Huang, piano 15 Natick, MA
Student of Faina Kofman
Tiffany Lim, piano 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Anna Poklewski
Alan Ma, piano 16 Portland, OR
Student of Elena Istratova
Alexa Chen, harp 16 Pleasanton, CA
Alicia Lee, piano 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Zhaoni Chen
Benjamin Who, piano 16 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Jenny Undercofler
Brian Nguyen, piano 16 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Anna Poklewski
Christopher Tillen, piano 16 Weston, MA
Student of Erin Lindsey
Cindy Xu, viola 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Yen-yin Lee
Cody Zheng, piano 16 St. Louis, MO
Student of Oksana Shpringman
Katie Guo, violin 16 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Zheng Zeng
Matthew Wang, piano 16 Arcadia, CA
Student of Yinyin Huang
Mehana Ellis, piano 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Annamarie McCarthy
Pravin Agrawal-Chung, piano 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Maggie Lee
Youngsung Sim, piano 16 Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Eunyoung Park
Jimin Kim, cello 17 Avon, CT
Student of Pablo Issa
Joseph Mathew, piano 17 Coppell, TX
Student of Hwa Lee
Joshua Lim, viola 17 Newton, MA
Student of Kyoko Horowitz
Sandra Chan, piano 17 Huntington Beach, CA
Student of Jane Jung
Sangwoo You, cello 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Jenny Oh
Third Place Winners
Annie Ye, piano 15 Mason, OH
Student of Luba Fedorov
Anoushka Pandit, piano 15 Dublin, CA
Student of Sofia Biktimir
Claire Choe, piano 15 Boston, MA
Student of Mami Ienaga
Devin Chan, piano 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu
Shaunak Pandey, piano 15 Austin, TX
Student of Julia Hsiao
Ryan Wang, piano 16 Champaign, IL
Student of Jiafeng Yan
Shreyas Verma, piano 16 Fremont, CA
Vaibhav Mishra, piano 16 Dublin, GA
Student of Nancy Claxton
Cindy Chen, flute 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Cecily Lan
Joshua Kim, violin 17 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Johnny Nam and Yun Hee Lee
Piano Duo/ Four Hands:
Aditi Dangi, piano 17 Austin, TX
Henrik Chan, piano 16 Austin, TX
Students of Julia Hsiao
Honorable Mention
Meiyi He, piano 15 San Gabriel, CA
Student of Lin Liu
Victoria Zhang, piano 15 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Yangwei Situ
David Lee, piano 16 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Edward Cao, voice 16 Princeton, NJ
Student of Sally Gu
Janice Nam, piano 16 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Lina Chang, piano 16 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Luca Focella, piano 16 Little Falls, NJ
Student of Yuka Yanagi
Mahir Siddiqui, piano 16 Tampa, FL
Student of Mickey Chien
Niranjan Girish, cello 16 Pepper Pike, OH
Student of Rebecca Konow
Daniel Youn, piano 17 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
David Choi, piano 17 Porter Ranch, CA
Student of Soyun Kim
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals
First Place Winners
Jeesoo Kim, piano 28 Tallahassee, FL
Nayun Shin, piano 27 Seoul, South Korea
Voice and Violin Duo:
Hannah Nielsen, voice 31 Monroe, WA
Sydnee Hinrichsen, violin 23 Provo, UT
Student of Monte Belknap
Second Place Winners
Jingjing Shao, piano 31 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Dr. Jie Lu
Tsai-Yun Kuo, piano 31 Columbia, MD
Student of Tsai-Yun Kuo

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 Protégé 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to travel to NYC for the safety reasons, 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 shipment to the friends or relatives residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

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

10. 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.