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International Music Talent Competition Spring 2020

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 will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the following dates:

December 13, 2020 and December 20, 2020

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.

American Protégé

Music Talent Competition Spring 2020 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Hannah Velez is 16 years old and has been playing the violin for over 10 years. Performing at Segerstrom Concert Hall in CA, she currently leads as co-principal, 2nd violin, for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Amongst her accomplishments, she is a concerto winner of SCJ Bach Festival Complete Works and 1st place winner at the Lansum International Music Festival.  Additionally, she is a Regional winner of MTAC VOCE, and has won numerous awards from the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and American String Teachers Association.  During the past two summers, she was selected to participate at Chamber Music Institute. Other venues of performances include the Disney Concert Hall and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Furthermore, she was selected to partake in masterclasses, with renowned violinists Peter Marsh, Paul Huang, Kevin Kumar, and Martin Beaver. Alongside her musical endeavors, she enjoys volunteering at her church and community in an international service organization.
Miłosz Bachonko was born in 2009 in Lublin (Poland). As a 10-year-old accordion player, he has over 60 concerts in the country and abroad. He is a laureate of international, nationwide competitions:1st prize in International Competition XV Art-Duo Music Festival (Prague),1st prize III International Accordion Competition (Suwałki),1st prize International Accordion Competition (Sanok), GrandPrix prize in XXIX Lublin Accordion Competition (Lublin). He is the laureate of the 2nd place in the Young Composers Competition at the 23rd Contemporary Art Forum Witold Lutosławski at the Lublin Philharmonic, where as a 9-year-old composer he faced fellow participants who were twice older than him. In this competition he also received the Special Award of the Lublin Philharmonic Director of the 23rd Contemporary Art Forum which was the performance of his own composition “Suite for accordion” accompanied by the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra. Miłosz Bachonko is a student of the accordion class of Prof. Elwira Śliwkiewicz-Cisak.
Name, Instrument Age City, state, Country
First Place Winners
Kylie Yoo, piano 7 Long Grove, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Logan Li, piano 7 Oakville, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova
Owen Liu, piano 7 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Haiwa Ye
Rosalina Ruheng Xue, piano 7 Upland, CA
Student of Jen Chan
Helena Sprajcer, piano 8 Wheeling, IL
Student of Elaine Felder
Jarvis Zheng, piano 8 Montebello, CA
Student of Liu Lin
Koutaro Ohnishi, piano 8 Cupertino, CA
Student of Matt Wang
Shuangjunya (Selena) Zhang, piano 8 Millbrae, CA
Student of Tammy Lin
Tonya Zhu, piano 8 Great Neck, NY
Student of Joyce Ng
Cynthia Li, piano 10 Mississauga, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova
Milosz Bachonko, accordion 10 Motycz, Poland
Student of Prof. Elwira Śliwkiewicz-Cisak
Mehr Kaur, cello 11 Potomac, MD
Student of Tanya Anisimova
Yanjia Yang, piano 11 Beijing, China
Student of Cen Wang
Calvin Kwon, cello 12 Demarest, NJ
Student of Jeehyoun Lee
Enya Yu, cello 12 Ridgefield, CT
Student of Chungsun Kim
Minseo Ryu, flute 12 San Jose , CA
Student of Teresa Orozco
Andrew Tang, cello 13 Saratoga, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Brandon Diep, cello 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Lu-Yan Guo
Brian (Jaehyeon) Chun, cello 13 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Jennifer Jeehyoun Lee
Abishek Satish, alto saxophone 14 Johns, Creek, GA
Student of Tim Crump
Aimee Okagawa, piano 14 Honolulu, Hi
Student of Wendy Yamashita
Carmen Peng, piano 14 Wolfville, Canada
Student of John Hansen
Jacob Yan, piano 14 Oakville, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova
Olivia Cai, violin 14 Dacula, GA
Student of Que Yang
Doyoon Kim, piano 15 Sherman Oaks, CA
Student of Tammie Joo
Emily Lai, piano 15 Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Student of Esther Keel
Joanne Lee, flute 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Sunah Jong
Judy Wang, violin 15 Geneva, Switzerland
Tayte Choudhury, piano 15 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Cindy Tan
Billy Broker, piano 15 Phoenixville, PA
Student of Dimitriy Borisovsky
Angela Huang, violin 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Iryna Krechkovsky
Hannah Velez, violin 16 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Gary Hung
Helena Seo, violin 16 Fort Lee, NJ
Student of Ju Hyun Kim and Annaliesa Place
Jennifer Li, cello 16 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
Katherine Wong, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Judy Huang
Kimberly Rush, violin 16 Manila, Philippines
Michelle Ding, piano 16 Missouri City, TX
Student of Yanzi Lin
Yifan Wang, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Carol Lu, piano 17 Tucson, AZ
Student of Dr. Svetlana Arakelova
Danny Park, cello 17 Rolling Hills Estate, CA
Student of In-Kyu Lee
Paengram Chirasavinuprapand, piano 19 New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Ogabek Mansurov, tar 20 Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Elshan Amrahov
Shuyi Li, voice 22 Rochester, NY
Student of Jan Opalach
Patrick Daniel Brandl Suarez, piano 23 Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Ludmila Melzer and Luis Monge
Elshad Shikhaliyev, balaban 25 Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Ilham Najafov
Shengsi Wang, piano 28 Boston, MA
Student of Run Li
Sze Yin Wong, piano 33 Lehi, UT
Student of Jie Lu
Piano Quarter/Eight Hands:
Nathan Napier 16 Amherst, NY
Ross Mantsurov 15 Williamsville, NY
David Su 16 East Amherst, NY
Sophie Zhu 13 Williamsville, NY
Students of Dr. Violeta Arakelova
Piano Trio/Six Hands:
Julia Mu 8 East Amherst, NY
Zimo Wen 7 Williamsville, NY
Wenlee Vazquez 6 Buffalo, NY
Students of Dr. Violeta Arakelova and Alexander Bator
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Clarissa Chan 17 Mississauga, Canada
Mike Gao 15 Oakville, Canada
Students of Olga Chichova
Jaca Duo: Los Angeles, CA
Jaxon Williams, guitar 32
Wesley Ferreira, clarinet
Second Place Winners
Nguyen Pham Minh Anh, piano 8 Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan
Ayden Yoo, piano 9 Long Grove, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Cayden Tan, piano 9 New York, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam
Frank Rong, piano 9 Champion Lakes, Australia
Student of Yoon Sen Lee
Jake Matsuzaka, piano 9 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Yoojung Kim
Jayden Hwang, piano 9 Claremont, CA
Student of Chun-Yi Wang
Ethan Fu, piano 10 Fremont, CA
Student of Peyhwan Kuan
Charlize Tan, piano 11 New York, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam
David Wong, piano 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Janelle Kim
Joe Yang, piano 11 Bellevue, WA
Student of Dr. Yin
Max Yu, violin 11 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu
Sophie Gao, piano 11 Tucson, Arizona
Student of Dr. Svetlana Arakelova
Yi Chao Boey, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua and Eileen Cheng
Katie Liu, violin 12 Portland, OR
Student of Hae-Jin Kim
Sarah Mei, cello 12 North Potomac, MD
Student of Ning Wang
Alan Yue, piano 13 Miller Place, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta
Angelina Wu, piano 13 Diamond Bar, CA
Calix Xia, piano 13 Bethesda,MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Don Wong, piano 13 Phillips Ranch, CA
Student of Wen-Ting Huang
Emma Yao, piano 13 Auburndale, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova
Lucas Keunecke Pimenta, piano 13 White Plains, NY
Student of Irena Portenko
Carina Liu, piano 14 San Ramon, CA
Student of Julia Wang
Catherine Chong, piano 14 Bethesda,MD
Student of Aglaia Koras
Emily Zhang, piano 14 Needham, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova
Isabella Lin, piano 14 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Frances Yao
Alexandra Vesselinov, violin 15 Port Washington, NY
Student of Miranda Cuckson
Annie Fang, viola 15 La Jolla, CA
Student of Ramon Negron Perez
Luca Vernhes, piano 15 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Kyungmi Nam
Aileen Aizenshtat, violin 16 Trumbull, CT
Student of Shan Jiang
Angela Liu, piano 16 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino
Chau Nguyen, piano 16 Washington, DC
Student of Paul Phifer
Doh Hyun (Dennis) Kim, piano 16 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Lee Boram
Eve Sullivan, piano 16 Bronxville, NY
Student of Kanako Koyama
Ezekiel Kumar-Lau, piano 16 Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis
Justin Wang, guitar 16 Potomac, MD
Mark Martirosian, voice 16 Winchester, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisian
Milo Barron, piano 16 Natick, MA
Student of Emily Murphy
Stephanie Yu, piano 16 Dover, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova
Kevin Chen, violin 17 Peachtree Corners, GA
Raymond Steinbrecher, piano 17 Panama City Beach, FL
Student of Emily Vandermark
Ariel Redmond, piano 19 Evanston, IL
Student of Robert Marler and Jay Kolin
Tanya Vegvary, piano 51 Sacramento, CA
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Cayden Tan, piano 9 New York, NY
Charlize Tan, piano 11 New York, NY
Students of Kyungmi Nam
Cello Duo:
Brandon Diep, cello 13 San Diego, CA
Ethan Diep, cello 15 San Diego, CA
Students of Lu-Yan Guo
Piano Duo:
Hannah Zhang, violin 14 Tucson, AZ
April Zhang, piano 16 Tucson, AZ
Students of Vladimir Arakelov and Svetlana Arakelova
Third Place Winners
Agatha Dinata, piano 8 Sicklerville, NJ
Student of Svetlana Brigante
Nathalie Williamson, voice 8 Fort Worth, TX
Student of LK Fletcher
Amartya Paul, piano 9 San Diego, CA
Student of Kia Portafekas
Miguel Francis Saclolo, violin 9 Singapore
Student of Miku Pancoast
Jack Li, voice 12 Wellesley, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan
Alexander Tseng, piano 13 San Mateo, CA
Student of Tammy Lin
Shivali Singh, piano 13 Suwanee, GA
Student of Frances Yao
Johnathan Jen, piano 14 Danville, CA
Student of Ying Wen Lewis
Jocelyn Li, voice 15 Wellesley, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan
Julia Steinbrecher, piano 15 Panama City Beach, FL
Student of Emily Vandermark
Junhong Lin, piano 15 Fresh Meadows, NY
Student of Xu Ran Zhao
Izabella Ge, piano 16 Danville, CA
Student of Yingwen Lewis
Chloe Hardigree, piano 17 Evansville, IN
Student of Kim Van Vorst
Sanjna Kedia, violin 17 Manhasset, NY
Student of  Roslyn Huang
Amish Darr Darr, guitar & voice 35 Fords, NJ
InHwa Hwang, piano 46 San Diego, CA
Student of Ginnie Kong

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


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. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

4. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.

5. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one after enrollment into the program.

6. 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.

7. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and includes: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage. Participants and piano accompanists do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

8. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $250 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. The Recital and Photo Fees include: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during ensemble’s performance on stage. Ensemble Members do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

9. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

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

11. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.


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