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International Competition of Romantic Music 2014

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.

American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.


Winners performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,
Sunday, April 5, 2015 (Easter) at 3:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Special prizes for best performances were awarded based on the judges’ recommendations.


Four qualified judges were evaluating audition materials. All judges were independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season.

Dr. Sophya Genis was invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition. 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 2014 Results:

 Judges Distinction Awards (Trophies) Winners:

Emmie Guo, 6, from Chicago, IL, began piano studies with Sueanne Metz at age 4 and a half. During the past 19 months, little Emmie won first place awards for the 2013 Solo and Duet Programs at Granquist Competition in Geneva IL, the 2013 CAMTA Sonata Festival in Chicago IL, and the 2014 Piano Talent International Competition in Milan Italy. In June 2014, Emmie won 1st place in one of the renown competitions and was invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Emmie performs regularly at senior homes, shopping malls, and libraries. Among other interests, Emmie enjoys reading, ice-skating, swimming, and playing with her little sister Ivanka.


At the age of 6, Erica Hong, 13-year-old from Duluth, Georgia, began to play piano and entered her first competition, the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, in 2009 and received a Superior Ranking and consecutively received the award of Outstanding Performance from 2010 to 2014. She earned the Superior Ranking award in 2010, 2011, and 2012 from the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 2010, she was given the Outstanding Performer award at the Bach Competition. She won Gold Prize at the Georgia Christian University Music Competition in 2013. Erica tried out for the Georgia Music Educators Association, or All-State, in both 6th and 7th grade and won the title of Master Class winner in 2013 and the title of Conference Recitalist in 2014. She also entered GMTA and won outstanding performance in 5th grade, award of excellence in 6th, and 1st place as the Conference Recitalist and Outstanding performer in 7th grade.

Erica Hong

Golda Berkman, 15 year old soprano, made her professional concert debut with Maestro Daniel Suk and the Dream Orchestra at Irvine Barclay Theatre earlier this year – 2014 with leading female pianist Hai-Kyung Suh. Ms. Berkman has performed with L.A. Opera’s productions of “Noye’s Fludde” by Benjamin Britten, and “Brundibar” by Hans Krasa. Golda also performed from George Gerswin’s “Porgy and Bess” at The Centennial Gala Celebration for The City of Beverly Hills with other celebrities including Betty White, Florence Henderson, and composer Richard Sherman. Golda debuted again on April 28, 2014 as the soprano soloist alongside Tenor Vladimir Dmitruk and Mezzo-Soprano Cassandra Velascos of LA OPERA Domingo Thorton Young Artist Program, and professional Bass Patrick Blackwell for a world class production of Mozart’s Requiem. Ms. Berkman is the winner of the Young Musicians’ Foundation Scholarship of Merit Award and LAUSD’s Omni award for “Best Young Opera Voice of the Year.” Ms. Berkman has a vast opera repertoire of arias in French, Italian, German, Korean and Hebrew. Golda is also a classical pianist and passionate composer.

 Golda Berkman

Ila Shon,17, began her cello studies at age six with Sieun Lin in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-college Division. Ila has been a student in the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School in New York and in Florida since 2011, where she receives instructions from Ron Leonard and Paul Katz. Ila has performed in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Laurence Lesser, David Finckel, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Paul Watkins and the Pacifica String Quartet among others. Ila has won First Prize in the Pacific Musical Society Centennial Competition, the Korea Times Young Artist Competition, the Felix Khuner Young Artist Competition, the Diablo Valley College Young Artist Competition, the International Strings Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Ila performed in the Music@Menlo International Chamber Music Festival from 2006 to 2010 and on NPR’s Emmy Award winning program ‘From the Top’ as cellist of the prize-winning Mondo Trio and as a soloist. Ila studies with Eric Sung and Ronald Leonard.

 Ila Shon

American Protégé

International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 Results:

Name Age Country/State
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
First Place Winners
Emmie Guo, piano 6 Chicago, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz    
Yuxin Jiang, piano 9 Beijing, China
Student of Liuyi Tang    
Second Place Winners
Eliza Podvalny, piano 8 Cortlandt Manor, NY
Student of Sheng-Hui Wu Chen    
Alejandra Sarmiento, piano 9 LigthHouse Point, FL
Student of Maria Gomez    
Jack Forestier 9 Edmonton, Canada
Student of Marie Forestier    
Third Place Winners
Zi Meng Chu, piano 5 Shanghai, China
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Ryan Yanming Phuan 6 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Noel Jones, violin 9 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Antoine Van Dongen    
Sabine Kwon, piano 9 Haverford, PA
Honorable Mention Winners
Abigail Bagby, piano 8 Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna    
Zi Jun Zong, piano 8 Guang Xi, China
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Christina Cai, piano 9 Bryn Mawr, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna    
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
First Place Winners
Anna Wang, piano 10 Westford, MA
Student of Yeehan Wu    
Ian Maloney, cello 10 Hackensack, NJ
Student of Madeleine Golz    
Jarell Tang, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Winnie Tay    
Henry Tang, piano 12 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok    
Rachel Aina Call, violin 12 Provo, UT
Student of Monte Belknap    
Erica Hong, piano 13 Duluth, GA
Student of Elena Cholakova    
Ilina Lenkova Mihova, piano 13 Sofia, Bulgaria
Student of Milena Mihailova Pavlova    
James Sinigalliano, piano 13 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Pannita Mamanee 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Tarisa Chanpong 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Students of Dr. Pornphan Banternghansa    
Second Place Winners
Jean Ying Fong, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Ralitsa Obretenova    
Seojin Yoo, cello 10 Cresskill, NJ
Student of Madeleine Golz    
Vevina  Yang, piano 10 Willetton, Australia
Student of Yoon Sen Lee    
Alex Qian, piano 11 Cedar Hills, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox    
Hana Wang, piano 11 Sterling, VA
Student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt    
Lina Hisada, piano 11 Los Aneles, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka    
Matthew Gurning, piano 11 Fontana, CA
Student of Agatha Hou    
Allison Lie, piano 12 Naperville, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz    
Eliot Hodges, cello 12 Denver, CO
Student of Jim Todd    
Ethan Yan, voice 12 Mountain View, CA
Student of Angelique Zuluaga    
JT Sterle, piano 12 Clifton Park, NY
Student of Bella Brusilovsky    
Pannita Mamanee, piano 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Prof. Jamorn Jupapol    
Andrew Vu, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Viktor Shekhtman    
Austin Chang, oboe 13 Closter, NJ
Student of Samei Im    
Natalie Yee, piano 13 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Angela Leu    
Peyton Chen, Oboe 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang    
Sahana  Shravan, violin 13 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Richard Coff    
Sophia Li, piano 13 Vernon Hills, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz    
Warren Lee, piano 13 Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Angela Pham 13 Newport Coast, CA
Austin Pham 13 Newport Coast, CA
Students of Ana Marie Eckstein    
Third Place Winners
Daniel Yuan, piano 10 Beltsville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Marien Femerling Garcia, piano 10 Monterrey, Mexico
Student of Dr. Antonina Dragan    
Michael Bagby, piano 10 Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna    
Darren Chen, piano 12 Walnut, CA
Student of Sharon Hsin-I Cheng    
Elena Chen, cello 12 Cupertino, CA 
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim    
Jack Bagby, piano 13 Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna    
Katie Sesi, violin 13 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Judy Blank    
Madelyn  Chan, piano 13 Seattle, WA
Student of Marissa Rebadulla-Ramos    
Michael Song, cello 13 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Michail Gelfandbein    
Shinwho Kwun, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Bendetsky    
Sally Han, violin 13 Cresskill, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee    
Honorable Mention Winners
Ethan Yan, violin 12 Mountain View, CA
Student of Antoine van Dongen    
Katherine Zhao, piano 12 Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Rachel  Dharmapalan, piano 12 Oakland, CA
Student of James Carmichael     
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
First Place Winners
Kaitlyn Mann, piano 14 New York, NY
Student of Inesa Sinkevych    
Golda Berkman, voice 15 Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Armen Guzelimian    
Christopher Jessup, piano 16 Darien, CT
Student of Victoria Mushkatkol    
Stanford Cheung, piano 17 Toronto, Ontario
Student of M. Orlov    
Gerry Chen, violin 17 Cheswick, PA
Student of MaryBeth Schotting and Mairi Cooper    
Ila Shon, cello 17 San Francisco, CA
Student of Eric Sung    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Angelica  Chen 15 Maple Ridge, Canada
Kelly Chan 14 Surrey, Canada
Students of Kathy Bjorseth    
Second Place Winners
Andrew Jun Chen, piano 14 Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok    
Brendan Bourges-Sevenier, cello 14 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Kyeone Hwa Kim    
Chantal Peng, piano 14 Wolfville, Canada
Student of John Hansen    
Christy Cheung, piano 14 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Jonathan Ge, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung    
Joshua Chiang, cello 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim    
Laura Zhang, piano 14 Marietta, GA
Student of Ping-yun Hsu    
Sherrie Wang, piano 14 Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova    
Stephen  Yang, cello 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov    
Vivian Yong Zhou, piano 14 Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok    
Angelica Chen, piano 15 Maple Ridge, Canada
Student of Kathy Bjorseth    
Eloise Hodges, violin 15 Denver, CO
Student of James Maurer    
Jason Qu, piano 15 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim    
Justin Lee, piano 15 Walnut, CA
Student of Anne Bader    
Rachel Won, cello 15 Saratoga, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim    
William Lee, piano 15 Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein    
Alex Pham, piano 16 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein    
Connie  Chau, piano 16 Irvine, California
Student of Miranda Wu    
Elise Zhao, piano 16 Hauppauge, NY
Student of Joanne Polk    
Jason Lee, violin 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Vitaly Leykin    
Laura Street, piano 16 Atlanta, GA
Student of Nancy Elton    
Min Ki Kim, cello 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim    
Claire Diaz, piano 17 San Marino, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka    
Justin Kim, piano 17 River Edge, NJ
Student of Dr. Sohyun Ahn    
Jeffrey Zhang, piano 17 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Dr. Dariusz Pawlas    
Omar Gaidarov, flute 17 San Diego, CA
Student of Jane Masur    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Allison Kao 16 Shaker Heights, OH
Elizabeth Ye 16 Shaker Heights, OH
Students of Ella Karasik    
Third Place Winners
Christopher  Yang, viola 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin    
Key Ruan, piano 14 Surrey, Canada
Student of Li Xiao    
Suzanne Carpenter, piano 14 Springfield , PA
Student of Anna Kislitsyna    
Angelica Chen, violin 15 Maple Ridge, Canada
Student of Lawrie Hill and Nicholas Wright    
Angela Yang, piano 15 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Dr. Keli Xu    
Annie Zhen, piano 15 Covina, CA
Student of Sharon H. Cheng    
Eric  Shuren, piano 15 Montebello, NY
Student of Sergei Arzoumanov    
Grace Jin, piano 15 Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Yeeha Chiu    
Patrick James Staples, piano 15 Peru, VT
Student of Karine Poghosyan    
Tina Jiang, piano 15 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Tian Song    
James Li, piano 16 Woodbury, MN
Student of Yuen Tsai    
Jasmine Zhou, piano 16 Ridgewood, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino    
Kevin  Bao, piano 16 Walnut , CA
Student of Jenny Shin    
Abigail Curtis  15 Manchester, NH
Valentine Schelkin  14 Manchester, NH
Students of Alla Nikitskaya    
Honorable Mention Winners
Asha Iyer, voice 15 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne    
Sarah  Jacobson, piano 15 Pelham, NY
Student of Alexander Budyonny    
Juan Granados, piano 16 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Alexandra Moran, piano 17 Alexandria, VA
Student of Nina Kozin    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Noah Cox 14 Durham, NC
Meredith Cox 16 Durham, NC
Students of Tanya Smirnov    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals
First Place Winners
Eunhye Park, flute 21 East Northport, NY
Student of Minsang Park    
Leonor Dill, piano 24 Union City, New Jersey
Student of Paul Coker    
Soyoug Park, piano 25 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Lydia Artymiw    
Eunhye Son, violin 27 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Won-Bin Yim    
Lu Wang, voice 27 Beijing, China
Student of Zhao Dengying    
Kyoo Hye Lim, piano 28 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Logan Skelton    
Myung-Ji Lee, piano 28 Denton, TX
Jooyeon Song, cello 28 Urbana, IL
Student of Dmitry Kouzov     
Chia-Ying Chan, piano 30 Urbana, IL
Gang Zhu, piano 30 Champaign, IL
Student of Thomas Sauer and Timothy Ehlen    
Hyojin Rhim, piano 30 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Gila Goldstein and Veronica Jochum    
Marko Stuparevic, piano 31 Hartford, CT
Student of Dr. Paul Rutman    
Moon Young Chang, violin 31 Lansing, MI
Student of Walter Verdehr    
Jiwon Choi, piano 32 Lawrence, KS
Student of Steven Spooner    
Rumi Oh, piano 32 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Timothy Ehlen    
Larisa Smeshko, piano 56 Novosibirsk , Russia
Student of Mery Lebenzon    
Second Place Winners
Darren Chen, piano 19 Ladera Ranch, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung    
Juhyeon Lee, violin 20 Huntington, NY
Student of Jaram Kim    
Igor Bardykin, piano 22 Moscow, Russia
Student of Alexander Malkus and Sergey Kuznetsov  
Liu Min, voice 22 Beijing, China
Student of Lu Lanqing and Lu Lei    
Bong-A  Jung, piano 31 East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras    
Anna Arazi, piano 32 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Student of Boaz Sharon    
Hyekyung Lee, piano 33 East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras and Marc Silverman    
Hyun Hee Park, piano 44 Fredericton, Canada
Student of Roger Lord    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Maria Spirina 27 Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Alexander Panov 27 Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
David Peroni 33 Caldogno, Italy
Silvia Bellani 30 Caldogno, Italy
Students of Pier Narciso Masi    
Third Place Winners
No Third Places Were Awarded
Honorable Mention Winners
Rui Jia Gladys Lim, piano 18 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Armon Safai, piano 20 Irvine, CA
Student of Anna Maria Eckstein    
Josh Tyree, piano 33 Cumming, GA
Student of Raisa Isaacs    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Christina Mandasari 24 Lawrence, KS
Somruedi Suchitphanit 28 Lawrence , KS
Students of Scott McBride Smith