International Music Talent Competition Spring 2017

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Spring 2017 was opened to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants were required to submit video recording materials for the audition. American Protégé is looking for genuinely talented people, who have creativity and stage charisma.

We invite talented performers of any age and genre to participate in the Competition.


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

on November 26, 2017 (limited placements)

on December 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

On December 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM and

on December 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

American Protégé

 Music Talent Competition Spring 2017


Judges’ Distinction Award and First Place Winners

Richard Cheung is a violinist from Hong Kong. He started playing violin and piano since he was five years old, and has performed and attended various competitions since then. Recently, he won the First Prize in the 3rd Hong Kong International Music Festival 2016 Music Competition. He has also achieved the Japan Society of Hong Kong Prize and placed first in the 5th Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition. He participated in many years of Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals, presented by Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. In the 69th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Richard was rewarded third place in the Age 19 or under category. He was invited to perform at the 2016 Caritas Charity Concert, hosted by Hong Kong’s biggest television network TVB. He receives violin mentoring from Cindy Chen and Connie Lo. Richard Cheung
Siren Zige Gao, enthusiastic and passionate vocalist from China, obtained her Bachelor Degree at Central Conservatory of Music, China, Master of Music Degree at University of Bristol and advanced studies at Opera Research Institute, Peking University. Ms. Gao performed at many prestigious venues and events, including performing O Mio Babbino Caro with recording artist Giacomo Puccini for China Central Television Channel, Beethoven 9th Symphony at Beijing Great Hall of The People Tiananmen Square, Tchaikovsky Eugene Oinegin at the Opening Debut National Center for the Performing Arts and Faure’s Requiemat the Opening Debut in China in collaboration with the national youth symphony. She is a principal actress at Rose Thorns with full theatre adaptation and composition aired globally on SINA.COM; and was a principal singer at Concert in China with Piano accompaniment Marco Giovanetti, Director of the Gaetano Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy. Ms Gao also gave solo concerts at Victoria Hall of Bristol, UK and at Harbin Concert Hall with Harbin Symphony Orchestra. Zige Gao
Piano Duo/Four Hands:

Jarom Martineau is 17 years old and has been studying piano for 6 years. For the past three years he has been a student of Dr. Irene Peery-Fox. Previous training was with Brandon Stewart. His First Prizes include the Salt Lake Piano Competition, the Encore Keyboard Competition, and the Utah Valley Symphony Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, which awarded him the opportunity to perform Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1 with the Utah Valley Symphony. As a Second Prize winner of the 2016 American Protege Competition, Jarom was honoured to perform in Carnegie Hall.

Joshua Jensen, age 16, started studying piano classically at age 11. He lives in Gilbert, Arizona where he enjoys photography, musical theater, choir, and intensive piano with his mentor and teacher, Fei Xu, of the New Century Conservatory in Chandler, AZ. Joshua’s most recent piano accomplishments include the 2017 Phoenix Symphony Guild Concerto Competition First Place Winner, 2016 American Protege Competition, 2016 EVMTA Piano Competition (Gold Medalist), and the 2016 Steinway Avanti Competition (HM). Joshua enjoys being educated at home with his four sisters and two little brothers. Some of Joshua’s favorite composers are Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Liszt, and Prokofiev. He looks forward to a career in music and is grateful to his teacher and family who continue to support him every step of the way.

Jarom Martineau


Joshua Jensen

Name Age City/State/Country
First Place Winners
Serena Qu, piano 5 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao     
Ariel  Wu, piano 6 Wellesley, MA
Student of Yidan Guo    
Chloe  Sun, piano 6 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao    
Toby Kai Rong Tan, piano 8 Singapore
Angela Dai, piano 9 Belmont, MA
Student of Yidan Guo    
Kevin Lee, cello 9 Lexington, MA
Student of Sam Ou    
Lincoln Tan, violin 9 Singapore
Student of Yah Wan Har    
Sooah Hannah Jeon, flute 9 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Joohee Lee    
Arya Babu, piano 10 Solon, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty    
Brandon Luo, piano 10 Apex, NC
Student of Florence Ko    
Benjamin Who, piano 11 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin Pratt    
Max Yu-Shuen Walters, violin 11 Singapore
Student of Yar Wan Har    
Vivian Zhu, cello 11 Folsom, CA
Student of Jia-mo Chen    
Angela Suet Kee Ng, piano 12 Winnipeg, Canada
Student of Jane Petroni    
Cassie Kao, flute 12 Arcadia, CA
Student of Amy Tsai    
Daniel Zhang, piano 12 Somers, NY
Student of Sheng-hui Wu Chen    
Emma Li, piano 12 San Diego, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin    
Giancarlo Valdivia, piano 12 Rockledge, FL
Student of Ann Rosen    
Hannah Wang, piano 12 Broomfield, CO
Student of Ling Yu McLoughlin    
Xiaoka (Evelyn) Wu, flute 12 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Amy Tsai    
Celine Chen, piano 13 Valencia, CA
Student of Rumiko Stevens    
Joann Shi, violin 13 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Lisa Shihoten    
William Suwandi, violin 13 Stevenson Ranch, CA
Student of Paul Lee    
Allison  Yen, clarinet 14 Cupertino, CA
Student of Juliana Tzeng    
Chloe Feller, piano 14 Dallas, TX
Student of Marcy McDonald    
Nadia Theodora, piano 14 Medan, Indonesia
Student of Sindy Goh    
Oscar Yu McLoughlin, piano 14 Boulder, CO
Student of Ling Yu McLoughlin    
Angela Blodgett, cello 15 Seattle, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li    
Daniel Cheng, piano 15 Chapel Hill, NC
Student of Florence Ko    
Darren Jiang, cello 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov    
Richard Cheung, violin 15 Hong Kong, China
Student of Cindy Chen    
Jakob Schoenfeld, marimba 16 Oviedo, FL
Student of Brad Kuperman    
James Sinigalliano, piano 16 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi    
Jungyoon Kim, piano 16 Kimcheon, South Korea
Student of Hyunjung Gloria Kim    
Kaitlyn  Yi, harp 16 Orland Park, IL
Student of Lisa Boggess    
Matthew Oh, violin 16 Dublin, OH
Student of Jonquil Thoms    
Tina (Lin Jie) Zhang, piano 16 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Eugene Skovorodnikov    
Jerry Fang, piano 17 Wynnewood, PA
Student of Joy M. Kiszely    
Maris Ward, guitar, voice 17 Missoula, MT
Sebastian Brumm, cello 17 Del Mar, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov    
Yume Choi, violin 17 Lorton, VA
Student of Jihyun Bae    
Hristina Veljanoska, piano 23 Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Hans Palsson    
Zige Gao, voice 27 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Prof. Da Cheng    
Byung Sook Kong, piano 35 Hickory Creek, TX
Student of Vladmir Viardo    
Hyunjung Gloria  Kim, piano 36 Seoul, South Korea
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Kenneth  Gallwas 9 Elmhurst, IL
Joseph Gallwas 9 Elmhurst, IL
Students of Dr. Soyoung Kee    
Cello Duo:    
Tyler Xiao 11 San Diego, CA
Kevin Wang 13 San Diego, CA
Students of Lu Yan Guo    
Brava Trio:    
Celine Chen, piano 13 Valencia, CA
Student of Rumiko Stevens    
David Chang, clarinet 16 Valencia, CA
Student of Michael Yoshimi    
Phillip Suwandi, cello 15 Stevenson Ranch, CA
Student of Andrew Cook    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Jarom Martineau 17 Gilbert, AZ
Student of Irene Peery-Fox    
Joshua Jensen 16 Gilbert, AZ
Student of Fei Xu    
Second Place Winners
Sophia Li, piano 6 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Danielle Beylin, piano 7 Bethesda, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Isabel  Alpízar, piano 7 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Jason Arroyo Prend    
Ferenc Alexander  Zou, voice 8 New York, NY
Student of Rebecca Hyman    
Katie Pei, piano 8 Wilmington, DE
Student of Fei Liu    
Le Xuan Aricia Hoh, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Leah Shive, piano 8 Boyds, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Lexi Liu, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Natalya Kuznetsova    
Matthew Brand, piano 8 New York, NY
Student of Donna Weng Friedman    
Rosanna Foss, piano 8 Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Gayane Sahakyan    
Cedric Wu, piano 9 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Natalie Beylin, piano 9 Bethesda, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Beatrice Priscilla Yaury, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Brandon Nathaniel Yaury, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Clare Bowler, piano 10 Orem, UT
Student of Irene Perry-Fox    
Yehong Jiang, voice 10 Los Altos, CA
Benjamin Hubbs, piano 11 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Francis Yao and Bryant Bernal    
Eliza Ruffle, piano 11 Shanghai, China
Student of Peter Tomasz and Stephanie Huang    
Jacob Markman, piano 11 New York, NY
Tiffany Lim, piano 11 Fremont, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra    
Jeonghyun Park, violin 13 Fullerton, CA
Student of Kwangjae Woo    
Alexandra Thalberg, piano 14 North Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Chi Yu, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Sheve-Hwa Su    
Evelyn Anne Davenport, piano 14 Thunder Bay, Canada
Student of Dr. Evgeny Chugunov    
Sebastian  Park, piano 14 East Longmeadow, MA
Student of Jimin Han    
Chloe Retika, piano 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra    
Rachel Soong, piano 15 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Alison Edwards    
Alisa Wang, piano 16 Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Ann Birman    
Candilla Park, piano 16 Groton, MA
Student of Soo Lee-Martone
Colleen  Choi, cello 16 Ashburn, VA
Student of Dr. Heejung Jung    
Shefali Ramakrishna, piano 16 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra    
Yuqing Liu, piano 16 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Jonathan Tao     
Salonee Ferrao, violin 17 Williamsburg, VA
Student of Arkady Heifetz    
Maria Cristina De La Rosa Peralta, folk harp 34 Xalapa, Mexico
Student of Alberto De La Rosa    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Beatrice Priscilla Yaury 10 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui and Fei Xu    
Brandon Nathaniel Yaury 10 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Third Place Winners
Felix  Podgayetsky , violin  10 Richboro , PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska    
Sophia Yoo, violin 11 Morganville, NJ
Student of Sharon Gayoung Cho and Prof. YuQiang Dai    
Benjamin Fitzpatrick, piano 14 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Student of Rinna Livshin    
Avinash Vikram, piano 16 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Lesli Hanson    
Debbie Dunnick, piano Bradenton, FL

Honorable Mention Winners will be notified of their standing via email.



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