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International Music Talent Competition Fall 2018

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is opened to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants are 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. This fall International Music Talent Competition attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, China, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia and Singapore.

All applicants who are signed with the manager or producer must submit via email a General Representation and Release Form signed by the Manager/Producer to be eligible for the Competition.

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

 – December 15, 2018, December 23, 2018, March 31, 2019 and April 21, 2019 (Easter).

Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy was granted based on the judges recommendations.


Three qualified judges evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.

American Protégé

Music Talent Competition Fall 2018 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Sonya Moomaw is a third grader from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is seven years old and has been studying cello with Dr. Sarah Kim for four years.  She played her first wedding when she was four years old, and has been invited to perform solo works at cello workshops including the Cincinnati Young Artist Workshop in 2017 and Chicago Suzuki Institute Workshop in 2018. She is the 2018 winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition’s Elementary Division. In addition to classical music, she also loves playing and listening to bluegrass, and was invited to play bluegrass at the 2018 Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati. classical music, cello
classical music, piano competition Jennifer Liu, 15 years old, is a sophomore at Montgomery High School. She started to learn piano at four and she currently studies with Prof. Ingrid Clarfield. Jennifer has won numerous awards from competitions including the “I Got Rhythm” Young Artist Competition, Music-Fest, IMPACT, Hartford international Chopin Competition, Music and Art Festival, Cecillan Club Piano Competition, NJMTA competitions, to name just a few.  She made her concerto debut at the Killian Hall of MIT, and she has performed numerous times at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and other musical halls. Jennifer is committed to using her music to help the community. She has actively performed for fundraising events and other community outreach programs. Jennifer also plays the guitar, and she enjoys drawing and painting, photography, reading.
Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners
Crystal ZiQi Yu, piano 6 West Vancouver, Canada
Student of FaFan Xiao
George Yi Han Wang, piano 6 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao
Anjali Singh, voice 7 Claremont, CA
Anson Zhuo Heng Yu, piano 7 West Vancouver, Canada
Student of FaFan Xiao
Julia Gentry, piano 7 Newport Beach, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Maxwell Brown, violin 7 Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard and Andrew Vogts
Sonya Moomaw, cello 7 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Dr. Sarah Kim
Helen Fang, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Helen Lin
Jessica Linqin Wang, piano 8 West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao
Mia Ye, voice 9 Owings Mills, MD
Student of ChunFeng Li
William Maeda, violin 9 Schaumburg, IL
Student of Taka Matsunaga
Alice Malakhov, voice 10 Richmond Hill, Canada
Student of Elisabeth Pomes
Christie Kim, voice 10 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Lara Nie
Sophia Lin, piano 10 Irvine, CA
Student of Yu Hui Jen
Josephine Kelleher, violin 11 Chestnut Hill, MA
Student of Fudeko Takahashi
Vera Lin, piano 11 Fremont, CA
Student of YiFang Wu
Henry Li, piano 12 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Ding, Qi
Chloe Liao, piano 13 Pasadena, CA
Student of Yin Yin Huang
Maximilian Belyantsev, piano 13 North Potomac, MD
Student of Lara Parris
Emily Wu, piano 14 Virginia Beach, VA
Student of Teresa Falk
Grace Wang, piano 14 Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Prof. Ingrid Clarfield
Riley Kong, piano 14 San Jose, CA
Edric Han, piano 15 Yorktown, VA
Student of Teresa Compos-Falk
Issa Okamoto, voice 15 Portland, OR
Student of Hannah Penn
Jennifer Liu, piano 15 Princeton, NJ
Student of Ingrid Clarfield
Joanna Wang, violin 15 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu
Junah Kim, piano 15 Fullerton, CA
Student of Hye Kyung Lee
Sung Ho Wui, trumpet 15 South Pasadena, CA
Student of Ohtae Kwon
Allison Jia, piano 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Liang-Yun You
Jue Li, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Joyce Lee
Lara Hairapetian, piano 16 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Maria Fernanda Chaves, piano 16 Alajuela, Costa Rica
Student of Valentina Tumanova
Maxwell Tsao, flute 16 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Bolin Pan
Wenqing Zhao, Erhu 16 Ma An Shan, China
Ana Jgerenaia, voice 17 Republic of Georgia
Student of Giorgi Lomtadze
Bailey Yang, violin 17 Bluffton, SC
Student of Na You and Laurel Thomson
Christine Ramirez, violin 17 Glen Head, NY
Student of Dr. Ann Setzer
Kevin Yiyang Li, voice 17 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim
Lina Kim, violin 17 Cerritos, CA
Student of Rachel Oh
Anar Valizada, balaban 18 Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Ilham Najafov
Jaehan Kim, tenor trombone 19 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Ohtae Kwon
Kara Cantele, violin 25 Port Washington, NY
Seungwon Lee, piano 25 Kearney, NE
Student of Jayoung Hong
Yibing Zhang, piano 30 Plano, TX
Student of Pamela Mia Paul and Joaquin Achucarro
Zither and Piano Duo:
Annie Tong, Chinese zither 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Ankie Tong, piano 14 Sunnyvale, CA
Students of Chiffon Fu and Ling Braun
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Dylan Gu, piano 11 Great Neck, NY
Alan Gu, piano 13 Great Neck, NY
Students of Vivian Fang Liu
Saxophone and Cello Duo:
Jeremy Li, alto saxophone 15 San Diego, CA
Kevin Wang, cello 15 San Diego, CA
Students of Luyan Guo
Second Place Winners
Kayla Fang, piano 5 West Newton, MA
Student of Yidan Guo
Grace Luo, piano 7 Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Sophia Chao, piano 7 North Potomsc, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Chloe Chan, piano 8 Queens Village, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu
Noelle Hadsall, piano 9 Santa Barbara, CA
Student of Lana Bodnar
Richard Bodrug, piano 9 Calgary, Canada
Student of Ekaterina Paniukova
Russell Dlugosz, piano 9 Frederick, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Tristan Mankovsky, piano 9 Sterling, VA
Student of Vivian Kwok
Gabriella Rose, voice 10 Tampa, FL
Student of Olick Glick and Kristi Beinhauer
Shayla Feng, piano 10 San Jose, CA
Student of Le Yu
Kaitlyn Hong, cello 11 Pasadena, CA
Student of Ben Hong
Kobe Langen, piano 11 Newport News, VA
Student of Teresa Compos Falk
Priscilla Meyer, piano/voice/harmonica 11 Winchester, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm
Yia Yien Kwok, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua
Caroline Xiong, piano 12 Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Vivian Liu
Emma Sun, cello 12 Potomac, MD
Student of Ning Wang
Grace Sun, piano 12 San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev
Paige McCubbins, piano 12 Meridian, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive
Sharani Bhattacharya, viola 12 La Canada Flintridge, CA
Student of Michael Larco
Sharon Sun, violin 12 Wichita, KS
Student of Evgeny Zvonnikov
Ingrid Li, piano 13 Leawood, KS
Student of Ying-Yu Emily Yeh
Isabelle Baron, piano, voice 13 Lexington, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm
Alice Zheng, piano 14 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Jenny Hu, Chinese zither 14 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Shuo Feng
Tammy Shen, piano 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu
Boris Borissov, piano 15 Scottsale, AZ
Student of Ekaterina Gueorguieva
Frank Zhou, piano 15 Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye
Junah Kim, violin 15 Fullerton, CA
Student of Oh Chul Mi
Qiyang (Rosalinda) Chen, piano 15 Arcadia, CA
Student of Alexsei Takenouchi
Kira Berman, piano 16 New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Elya Lavi, piano 17 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Leke Salihu
Frank Li, piano 17 Manvel, TX
Student of Amy Wang
Justin Chiu, piano 17 Dove Canyon, CA
Student of Joyce Lee
Helen Tran, piano 38 Temecula, CA
Student of Yiyi Ku and Carol Levin
Karen Salicath Jamali, piano Greenwich, CT
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Samuel Fishback, piano 13 Beaverton,OR
Timothy Fishback, piano 14 Beaverton,OR
Students of Bella Sheykman
Third Place Winners
Simone Shvarts, violin 10 Warminster, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska
Kaila Canubas, piano 11 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Tyler Turetsky, voice 13 East Hills, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Jenna Giannone
Ayan Nath, tabla 14 Cupertino, CA
Student of Satish Tare
Erin Kim, piano 14 Poolesville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Jason Chiu, piano 14 Dove Canyon, CA
Student of Joyce Lee
Annie Liang 16 Seaford, VA
Student of Teri Falk
Eshika Aggarwal, piano 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Alaina Olaez, piano 17 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Maxwell Yang, piano 6 Weston, FL
Edward Zhang, piano 11 Weston, FL
Students of Yvette Greene

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



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