International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2015

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 musicians 5 - 9
Junior 10 - 13
Intermediate 14 - 17
Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older
College students and professionals 18 and older



Winners performed on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Judges’ Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophy) were granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2015 Results

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 20

Jana Ilic, 10, lives in Serbia. She is playing a flute for only two years in the class of Prof. Biljana Prica and so far she had won 12 first prizes at international competitions. In Italy, two times she was the absolute 1st prize winner of 12 Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Musicisti “Luigi Zanuccoli” and VII Concorso musicale di Filadelfia Citta` “Paolo Serrao”. At the “Ohrid Pearls” (a member of European Union of Music Competition for Youth – EMCY) she won laureate. At National competition (a highest level in Serbia) she won the maximum points. Jana performs often at public concerts and other cultural events. She is also a double champion of Serbia in a modern ballet.

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 2016

Minwu Hu was born in 2005 Melbourne, Australia in a musical family. She began studying piano at 5 years old with her mum and later on, when she was 7 and a half years old, she started to learn the flute. In 2014, Minwu attended her first competition (New Century Music competition for woodwind and brass, Melbourne) and she won the first prize in a group 14 years old and under. She also passed the grade 7 on flute and grade 6 on piano. Later in the same year she passed the audition and joined in the Melbourne youth wind symphony as the youngest performer in the history of an admitted. Minwu enjoys it very much and is proud improving her early orchestra experience.

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 20103

Regarded as one of the catalan flutists with most international projection of her generation, Elisabet Franch outstands for her talent and subtle musical interpretation. Since 2008 she was flutist of the Academy Orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu and in 2010 became flutist of the Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro Alla Scala, working with conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Fabio Luisi, David Coleman, Gianandrea Noseda playing at Teatro Alla Scala, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti, Bolshoi Theatre, Philharmonie of St. Petersburg and The Royal Opera House of Oman. She has been recognized in several competitions: Concours International du Jeune Flûtiste, Sony Classical Talent Scout, Flute Competition Domenico Cimarosa, Music Competition Ofman, Music Competition L’Arjau, International Music Competition of Les Corts. 

Woodwinds and Brass Competition Winner 2012

The German flutist Silvia Denk was born and actually lives in Passau (Bavaria). She studied flute and cello at the Musikhochschule Nuremberg. After the pedagogical diplom she got the concert-diplom in flute in the year 2000. She absolved different masterclasses and played in a variety of concerts, projects and festivals. After a time as musician and teacher she realised her long dream from a special shop with fragrances combined with music and concertevents in this shop and also in other locations. From 2003 until end of 2012 Silvia Denk organised in her hometown Passau this shop/concept called „ La Vie en Rose“ – the rose as a symbol for love, fragrance, beauty, harmony, enjoyment and fullness… Then she finished her shop, because she wished to have all her time for music… American Protégé is her first time in life taking part in a music competition. 

Winners by Age Category

Name Age City/Country/State
First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Felix Shen, Flute 10 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Christina Reedis
Jana Ilic, Flute 10 Sabac, Serbia
Student of Biljana Prica and Milos Milutinovic
Minwu Hu, Flute 10 Melbourne, Australia
Student of Qing Hu
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Simona Guler, Flute 12 Stockholm, Sweden
Student of Stig Bengtson
Olivia Yun, Flute 13 Closter, NJ
Student of Min Park
Peyton Chen, Oboe 14 Cupertino, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Linhao Li, Oboe 15 Beijing, China
Student of Weidong Wei
Lirui Zheng, Clarinet 15 Beijing, China
Erica Nagase, Flute 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Rebecca Park, Flute 16 Colo Springs, CO
Yeama Ho, Flute 16 Potomac, MD
Student of David Lonkevich
Alexa Levy, Oboe 17 Atlanta, GA
Student of Elizabeth Koch Tiscione and Barbara Cook
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Sarah Thompson, Flute 22 Tahlequah, OK
Student of Dr. Kristyn Son
Joanna Wu, Flute 23 New Haven, CT
Student of Ransom Wilson
Mary Matthews, Flute 29 Boulder, CO
Elisabet Franch, Flute 32 Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
Student of Sir James Galway
Woojung Kim, Oboe 34 Lansing, MI
Student of Jan Eberle and YunJung Lee
Silvia Denk, Flute 42 Passau, Bavaria
Student of .Peter Thalheimer and Gunther Pohl
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 6 to 10:
Ekaterina Smolina, Flute 9 Moscow, Russia
Student of Svetlana Ivanova
Grace Chen, Flute 10 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Cindy Wu
Joshua Liu, Clarinet 10 New York, NY
Student of Angela Liu
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Carter Stark, Oboe 13 Colorado Springs, CO
Student of Nancy Brown
Jeremy Chen, Oboe 13 Great Neck, NY
Student of Yousun Chung
Monica Jeon, Oboe 13 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang
Angela Scates, Oboe 14 Traverse City, MI
Student of Daniel Stolper
Joshua Yu, Tuba 14 Frederick, MD
Student of Brian Hinkley
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Dillan Yoon, Clarinet 16 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Suh Bo-Yuen
Issac Chyun, Oboe 17 La Palma, CA
Student of Maralynne Mann
Jiwon Kim, Flute 17 Saratoga, CA
Student of Teresa Orozco
Wendy Chen, Flute 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Chin-Fei Chan
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Megan Bauman, Alto Saxophone 21 Saskatoon, Canada
Student of Glen Gillis
Ramya Ramesh, Clarinet 32 Bombay, India

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