International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2016

American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2016 was designed for solo performers and ensembles of all ages, nationalities and countries, who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition was open for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Piccolo, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Flugel, Tuba and other woodwinds and brass instruments. Participants were required to submit video or audio recording materials for the audition.


We invited school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners were chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category:   Age:
Young musicians  5 – 9
 Junior  10 – 13
 Intermediate 14 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older 
 College students and professionals 18 and older 

Winners will perform on April 14, April 16 and April 22 of 2017 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 
$300 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2016 Results


Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winner:
Katharina Martini, 17, from Dreieich, Germany, is a current student of Prof. Stephanie Winker at the conservatory in Frankfurt and student of her mother Christiane Martini since she was four years old. Since 2016 she received Award in the “Villa Musica” in Rheinland Pfalz(Germany) and the “Gerd-Bucerius” Award of the“ Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”. Katharina is a member of the national youth orchestra of Germany and a multiple First Place Winner of several international music competitions. In 2015, she received the first prize with the highest possible score in the national final round of “Jugend Musiziert” and a prize in the course of “Schleswig Holstein Music Festival”. Some of those prizes she has won with her own compositions for flute. In 2014, Katharina participated in a TV-production for a German broadcasting corporation. As a soloist and orchestral player, she took part in numerous CD-recordings and concerts in different churches and concert halls. katharina-1
Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Emily Thompson, flute 10 Denver, Colorado
Student of Peter Wang    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Daniel Choi, oboe 11 Hartsdale, NY
Student of You sun Chung    
Diana Kim, oboe 12 Orangeburg, NY
Student of You Sun Chung    
Spencer  Rubin, oboe 12 Woodbury, NY
Student of Yousun Chung    
Abigail Xu, oboe 13 Nunawading, Australia
Student of Stephen Robinson    
Andrew So, oboe 13 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yuli Kwon     
Emily Jang, oboe 13 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yousun Chung    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Jeremy Chen, oboe 15 Great Neck, NY
Student of Yousun Chung    
Peyton Chen, oboe 15 Cupertino, CA
Student of YuTing Wang    
Tomas Fernandez, oboe 15 Rye, NY
Student of Yousun Chung    
Youngjun  Chang , flute 15 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yunhee Lee    
Jenny Wang, Bb clarinet 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Janet Averett    
David Winograd, tenor saxophone 17 Morganville, NJ
Student of Julius Tolentino    
Katharina Martini, flute 17 Dreieich, Germany
Student of Christiane Martini and Prof. Stephanie Winker  
Simon Park, oboe 17 Greenwich, CT
Student of You Sun Chung    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Cole Knutson, alto saxophone 20 Winnipeg, Canada
Student of Allen Harrington and Jaya Hoy    
Victor Hernandez, flute 21 Columbus, GA
Student of Andée Martin    
Brendan  Catalano, saxophone 23 Gainesville, FL
Student of Jonathon Helton    
Robert Brozowski, euphonium 23 Slate Hill, NY
Student of Eric Bubacz and Dr. Adam Frey    
Jiyeon Han, flute 25 Boston, MA
Student of Paula Robison    
Harin  Bae, flute 27 Jersey City , NJ
Eunsil Kang, flute 29 Rockville, MD
Student of Emily Skala    
Hyejin Bae, flute 29 Willimantic, CT
Student of Dionne Jackson and Soyoung Lee    
Abigail Graham, flute 31 San Francisco, CA
Iryna Gorkun-Silen, flute 32 Espoo, Finland
Student of Petri Alanko    
Yoshie Ueno, flute 34 Stanford, CA
Student of Paul Meisen and Chang-Kook Kim    
Amateur Category:
Shihao Zhu, clarinet 18 Interlochen, MI
Student of Emil Khudyev and Karen Hill
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Monica Hu, flute 9 Irvine, CA
Student of Lily Park    
John Shi, flute 10 New York, NY
Student of Mary Shneider    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Hannah  Bao, flute 14 Collegeville, PA
Student of Michael Maizels    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Isaac Kwon, B flat clarinet 15 Northvale, NJ
Student of Eunsoo Chang    
Kshitij Sachan, flute 16 Plano, TX
Student of Claire Johnson    
Michelle Luan, clarinet 16 Plano, TX
Student of Katie Combest    
Spiritus Quintet:
Miles Kang, Piano 16 San Jose, CA
Jin  Yu, bassoon 15 San Jose, CA
Nicholas Lee, french horn 16 Cupertino, CA
Kevin Oh, clarinet 15 Cupertino, CA
Monica  Jeon, oboe 14 Palo Alto, CA
Students of You Son Park

Third Place and Honorable Mention Winners 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 piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.
  3. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).
  4. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).
  5. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400:

       – $300 Recital Fee, includes admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets.

       – $100 Photo Fee, includes set of digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage. Average set is 20-30 digital photos.

  6. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $230 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group.
  7. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.
  8. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.
  9. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.
  10. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

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