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International Music Talent Competition Spring 2019

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.

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. Winners Concerts will take place on

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019

Star Performer Award, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be 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.

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Music Talent Competition Spring 2019 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Claire Chiow is twelve years old from California. She loves performing arts. She has been to numerous operas, concerts, musicals, and ballets since she was little. Besides piano, she also plays cello and flute. Claire is the winner of many piano competitions such as US New Star, SYMF, MTAC Keyboard Festival, LA Young Pianist, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and Rachmaninoff International Youth Piano Competition. She is a figure skater and also plays hockey for her school team. When she has time, she likes to read, code, or play badminton with her dad. Her favorite subjects in school are Math and French.
Lixuan Wang was born in Beijing China. When she was 5 years old, she had the first experience as a pianist on stage, and won the 2nd prize in Red Star National Piano Competition. In 2013, she won the first prize in Beijing Piano Music Festival, and played in the winners concert. In 2014, she won the first prize in the National Youth Music Talent Competition in China. During the year of the competition, she had masterclasses with Andrzej Jasnski, Klause Baessler, and Wojciech Świtała. In the year of 2017, She won 3 first prizes in major piano competitions in China, including: first prize in Huabiao Cup International Youth Piano Competition, first prize in Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb, and first prize in the Steinway International Piano Competition Beijing District. In 2018, she competed and won the first prize in HSINGHAI National Piano Competition.

Selina Yu Chen is a freshman at Saratoga High School, California. She has been playing Guzheng (Chinese Harp) for eight years. She passed the Central Conservatory of Music’s performance level with honor and took first place in the 34th Taiwanese and Chinese Athletic Tournament Traditional Music Competition. She has performed in numerous occasions, from California Theatre and San Jose Centre of Performing Arts to senior centers and cultural fairs. In addition, she enjoys teaching Guzheng to her 17 young students. “One day I was told that Guzheng is not an ‘actual instrument’. This makes me realize how much the Chinese culture is neglected. From that day on I dedicate much of my time to spreading my love for Chinese music. I give my best at every single performance to prove that Guzheng is indeed an actual instrument, a stunningly elegant one.”

Name, Instrument Age City, state, Country
First Place Winners
John Han, piano 6 Great Neck, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Cameron Renshaw, cello 7 Byron Center, MI
Student of Tina Renshaw
Edward Pevzner, piano 7 Carmichael, CA
Student of Tanya Vegvary
Felice Kirana Auria Candra, piano 7 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien
Simon Shaham, piano 7 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Yoojung Kim
Anmi Fujii, violin 8 Singapore
Student of Andrea Lin
Sheryl Tan, piano 9 Singapore
Student of Angel Ang
Wenzhang Vazquez, piano 9 Buffalo, NY
Student of Dr. Violet Arakelova
Amber Lin, piano 10 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Judy Huang
Ashley Rui En Ng, piano 12 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui
Brian (Jaehyeon) Chun, cello 12 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Jennifer (Jeehyoun)
Camila Blank, violin 12 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Alexander Kalman
Claire Chiow, piano 12 Temple City, CA
Student of Yvonne Chen
Damien Rocco Weber, Voice 12 Singapore
Student of Dylan Foster
Iris Cai, piano 12 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Hang Li
Joseph Darcourt, cello 12 Merrick, NY
Student of John Popham
Mia Nagai, piano 12 Pasadena, CA
Student of Lily Chen
Pinn Mahasaranond, piano 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Dr. Pornphan Banternghansa and Dr. Christopher Janwong Mckiggan
Yixi Kuang, piano 12 Monterey Park, CA
Student of Lin Liu
George Margono, piano 13 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien
Lixuan Wang, piano 13 Beijing, China
Student of Huawei Wu
Aiden Tang, piano 14 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Wang Jia
Alex Hu, piano 14 League City, TX
Student of Ying Zhang
Anika Veda, Flute 14 Palatine, IL
Student of Hideko Amano
Edward ChaoYu Mo, piano 14 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song
Louisa Pang, violin 14 Wahroonga, Australia
Student of Yong Yang
Selina Yu Chen, guzheng 14 Saratoga, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu
Seoyeon Cho, violin 14 Seongnam-si, South Korea
Student of Sunny Lee
Claire Lewis, piano 15 San Marcos, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin
Erin Kim, cello 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Eurie Seo, violin 15 Danville, CA
Student of Ju-Yi Peng
Wenyu Shi, piano 15 Shanghai, China
Student of Dr. Tian Song
Iris Zhang, guzheng 16 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Bing Xia
Jessica Zhang Zhang, piano 16 Tempe, AZ
Student of Hong Zhu
Kayla Silverman, Voice 16 Weston, MA
Student of Bronwen Upton
Patrick Bai, piano 16 Boston, MA
Student of Deborah Nemko and Charles Clements
Jeremy Huang, piano 17 Cupertino, CA
Student of Amy Huang
Livia Stefani, violin 17 Corciano, Italy
Student of Maurizio Sciarretta
Jeehyun Park, violin 23 New York, NY
Student of Lucie Robert and Nam Yun  Kim
Wei-Ling Hu, violin 24 Baltimore, MD
Student of Keng-Yuen Tseng
Sonya Serenia, piano 25 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien
Wei-Tzu Wang, bassoon 26 East Lansing, MI
Student of Michael Kroth
Hyejin Lee, violin 34 Carrollton, TX
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Emily Suh, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Lauren Suh, piano 12 San Diego, CA
Students of Angela Wu
Ethan Diep, cello 14 San Diego, CA
Brandon Diep, cello 12 San Diego, CA
Mina Mandegar, cello 14 Poway, CA
Ryan Li, cello 16 San Diego, CA
Students of Lu-Yan Guo
Lucy Mandegar, violin 13 Poway, CA
Student of Fei-Fei Soong
Howard Kung, alto saxophone 16 Escondido, CA
String Duo:
Annie Fang, viola 14 La Jolla, CA
Perry Fang, cello 16 La Jolla, CA
Students of Ramon Negron Perez
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Andrew Gao, piano 15 San Diego, CA
Eric Lin, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Students of Tatiana Stignev
Second Place Winners
Xinyi Zhang, piano 7 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Haiwa Ye
Amartya Paul, piano 8 San Diego, CA
Student of Kia Portafekas
Caleb Lim, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Angela Ang
Elaine Huang, piano 8 New York, NY
Student of Agnes Kim
Aeneas Yu, piano 9 Fremont, CA
Student of Peyhwan Kuan
Rhea Fan, piano 9 Albuquerque, NM
Student of Tatyana Bayliyeva
Nithin Kota, piano 10 Frederick, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Aimi Fujii, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Karen Wong
Benjamin Gong, cello 11 Belmont, MA
Student of Allison Eldredge
Minna Fu, piano 11 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Dr. Claire Chen
Tran Pham Bao Ngoc, piano 11 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh
Vinca Lu, piano 11 San Jose, CA
Student of Alexander Vereshagin
Calix Xia, piano 12 Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Jeffrey Shen, piano 12 Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye
Jonathan Lin, piano 12 Olmsted TWP, OH
Student of Esther Chu
Rui En Koh, violin 12 Singapore
Student of Prof. Wan Har Yah
Angie Hou, piano 13 La Jolla, CA
Student of Hua Wang
Kaity Lee, Flute 13 Muttontown, NY
Student of Min Jung Moon
Megan Apostol, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Rowena Asuncion
Sabine Bechtiger, violin 13 St. Gallen, Switzerland
Student of Dmitry Mishelovich and Emilian Dascal
Aiden Tang, violin 14 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Amy Liu
Caitlyn Tablada, piano 14 New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Jakub Maciej Jeżak, vibraphone 14 Poznań, Poland
Student of Łukasz Berlin
Jocelyn Hao, piano 14 Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park
Matthew Lin, piano 14 Wantagh, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino
Arya Balian, Voice 15 Chevy Chase, MD
Student of Vagharshak Ohanyan
Evan Cheng Cheng, violin 15 Syosset, NY
Student of Laura Broverman
Jaewoo Chung, violin 15 Potomac, MD
Student of Peter Sirotin
Katie Carlson, piano 15 Jacksonville, FL
Yash Vij, Piano 15 Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Aimee Feng, piano 16 Great Falls, VA
Student of Anna Ouspenskaya
Janie Lin, piano 16 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Yifei Sun
Merry Jiao, piano 15 Arcadia, CA
Student of Dr. Chun-Yi Wang
Abby Liu, piano 17 Chandler, AZ
Bella Victoria Boedihardjo, piano 17 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien
Thalia Liu, piano 17 Chandler, AZ
Maria-Emma Airapetian, voice 22 Brighton, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan
Melissa Catherine, piano 22 Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien
Li-Tsu Tsao, cello 23 East Lansing, MI
Seulji Kim, piano 24 Kearney, NE
Student of Jayoung Hong
Domenico Petruzziello, violin Palermo, Italy
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Alex Moon, piano 16 Potomac, MD
Audrey Li, piano 17 Potomac, MD
Students of Hyun Park
Trio: Two Cellos and Piano
Olivia Yao, cello 10 Boyds, MD
Student of Ning Wang and Meizhi Lin
Abigail Yo, cello 12 Boyds, MD
Student of Ning Wang and Yeji Lee
Caleb Su, piano 11 Boyds, MD
Student of Ning Wang and Meizhi Lin
Third Place Winners
Son Tung Nguyen, piano 5 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan
Olivia Ling Lim, piano 6 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Student of Shuenda Wong
Ruiduo Ae, piano 6 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Student of Shuenda Wong
Max Yu, violin 10 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu
Opal Thompson, piano 10 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Sophia (ZiXiang) Zhang, piano 10 Belmont, MA
Student of Shi Jia
Sarah Chun, violin 10 Tenafly, NJ
Student of Hanna Shin
Sara Agrawal, piano 11 Watertown, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm
Nicholas Vlasto, piano 12 Rye, NY
Student of Irena Portenko
Sofia Kim, piano 12 New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Sophia Somers, violin 12 Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska
Sophie Li, violin 12 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu
Daniel Grivennikov, violin 13 Dresher, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska
Arnav Joshi, piano 14 Princeton Junction, NJ
Student of Grace Dunn
Dev Shetty, piano 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Audrey Nowatzyk, guzheng 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Prof. Hui You
Jenny Cho, piano 17 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee
Elya Lavi, piano 18 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Leke Salihu
Caris Zhang, piano 19 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Haiwa Ye
Karen Salicath Jamali, piano Greenwich, CT

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



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