American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2014

American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition is 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 is open for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Piccolo, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Flugel, Tuba and other woodwinds and brass instruments. Participants are required to submit video recording of recent performance for the audition.



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

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category: Age:
Young musicians5 - 9
Junior10 - 13
Intermediate14 - 17
Amateur (without Professional Degree)18 and older
College students and professionals18 and older



First Place Winners performed on April 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

$330 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards were granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2014 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winners:

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 2013

Seraphin Maurice Lutz,16, plays the clarinet and the piano from the age of four. In the field of clarinet he has won several awards since 2008 both in Germany and on international scale too. In 2008 he won the first prize in the “First International Competition for Young Instrumentalists” in Markneukirchen and the first prize in the international competition “Glass Harp”. He also played at the concert of prize winners, which was broadcasted by Bavarian Radio. In 2012 in 2013 he won the 1st prize at German-wide contest “Youth Plays” with the highest possible score. “German Foundation Musical Life” (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben) awarded him a special prize for his outstanding performance. In the year of 2014 he was awarded the 2nd prize in the “International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga” (EMCY) which was followed by a concert of laureates accompanied by the Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Rudolfinum Prague. Furthermore, he has performed several times as a soloist with orchestras such as the Hofer Symphony Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum in Nurenberg.

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 20105

Adrian Falco, 17, from Friendswood, Texas, has been the first chair saxophone in the Friendswood High School Band for the last three years. He started learning saxophone in sixth grade. Adrian has received many regional and Texas music awards. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Adrian was awarded first place in region for alto saxophone by the Texas Music Educators’ Association. In 2013 and 2014, Adrian won first place in the area competition for alto saxophone. In 2013 and 2014 he auditioned and earned a place as a Texas All-State Musician for saxophone in the largest high school division (5A), and has ranked in the top ten high school alto saxophonists in Texas.     In 2014, he was one of the top three soloists in the Houston Underground saxophone concerto competition. Adrian has also performed as the first saxophonist in Friendswood High School musicals and at many Texas state and regional concerts.

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 2017

Koranut Kaprasit, 17, young clarinetist from Thialand. He has played Clarinet since 2006 with only 9 years of age while he was studying at Assumption College Thonburi. Koranut has performed with Rangsit Yamaha Wind Orchestra, Principal Clarinetist of Assumption College Thonburi Youth Orchestra, Saint-Gabriel Foundation Orchestra in Celebration concert for King of Thailand conducted by Bundit Ungrangsee. Koranut also was attended in Masterclass with Sergio Bosi at “2014 International Clarinet Festival il mondo del Clarinetto 8th edition at Todi (Italy)” including workshop in this festival and also Clarinet workshop in Thailand. Koranut also had opportunity to worked with Jan Van der Roost, composer and guest conductor of Rangsit Yamaha Wind Orchestra, Vanich Potavanich, Bundit Ungrangsee, Manaschai Bunchung, music director in the bigest musical concert in Thailand that was performed by high school students at Prince Mahidol Hall, the bigest standard music hall in Thailand, etc.  Now Koranut is studying in Italy at under AFS Intercutural programs at Italy. 

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 2019

John Hallberg, a native of Southern California, is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He also holds degrees from the University of Iowa and California State University, Long Beach. John is currently on faculty at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles as a Saxophone Teaching Artist. As an active performer and participant in national and international music conferences and competitions, John has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, and across the United States. Most recently, he was 1 of 11 Americans (out of 110 candidates total) selected from around the world to travel to Dinant, Belgium, to compete in the 6th International Adolphe Sax Saxophone Competition and Symposium. His primary instructors include Dr. Douglas Masek, Dr. Kenneth Tse, and James Barrera. He also received additional instruction from Dr. Eugene Rousseau and Dr. Thomas Liley.

Winners by Age Category

First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Marina Orlova, flute9Moscow, Russia
Student of Evgenia Karitskaya  
Brian Yang, clarinet9Forest Hills, NY
Student of Lily Chang  
James Taumer, clarinet10Chicago, IL
Student of Thomas Coleman  
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Peyton Chen, Oboe13Cupertino, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang  
Brandon  Bartholomeusz, alto saxophone14Adelaide, Australia
Student of Damien Hurn  
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Jessica Shand, flute15Colorado Springs, CO
Student of Brook Ferguson  
Seraphin Lutz, clarinet16Bamberg/Stegaurach, Germany
Student of Ulf Rodenhäuser  
Adrian  Falco, alto saxophone17Friendswood, TX
Student of Dan Gelok  
Koranut Kaprasit, clarinet17Thailand/Italy
Student of Tanakrit Duangkongmonsri and Phuket Areesamarn 
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Nijat Masimov, balaban18Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Ilham Najafov  
Jiwon Han, flute19Huntington, NY
Student of Min Hee Kim  
Minkyoung  Kim, flute19Huntington, NY
Student of Min Hee Kim  
John Hallberg, saxophone26Tustin, CA
Amateur Category:
Emily Beckman, flute22Sault Sainte Marie, MI
Student of Sharon Sparrow  
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Spencer Rubin, oboe10Woodbury, NY
Student of Valerie Sulzinski  
Nana Goliadze, flute11Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Student of Meri Zhvania and Marine Iakobishvili
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
William Wang, flute11Irvine, CA
Student of Elizabeth Chang  
Fernando Ragazzini, flute12Buenos Aires, Argentina
Student of Daniel Colo  
Michael Chaniago, clarinet12Jakarta, Indonesia
Student of Adi Atmadja  
Angela Scates, oboe13Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Student of Sarah Kennedy  
Jeremy Xi, clarinet14Baltimore, MD
Student of Lily Chang  
Nikita Zhuang, clarinet14Perth, Australia
Student of Peter Sunman  
Xinran Li, oboe14Beijing, China
Student of Christine Wang  
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
David Winograd, tenor saxophone15Morganville, NJ
Student of Lillian Sakowski   
Jason Chang, clarinet15Walnut, CA
Student of Chris Stoutenborough  
Rebecca Park, flute15Colorado Springs, CO
Student of Nancy Andrew  
Janis Jin, french horn16Irvine, CA
Student of Stephanie Stetson   
Jessica Chen, flute16Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Jill Heinke  
Sara Han, clarinet16Interlochen, MI
Student of Emil Khudyev  
Sydney Lusby, clarinet17Grapevine , TX
Student of Emil Khudyev  
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Sarah Tran, flute23Fort Worth, TX
Student of Jean Larson-Garver  
Tomasz Zymla, bass clarinet28Prudnik, Poland
Amateur Category:
Meredith Barker, french horn26Houston, TX
Raul Delgado, saxophone29Barcelona, Spain

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


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