American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2023

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.

In 2022, American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition attracted a large number of very competitive applicants from 7 countries, including the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia and South Korea.




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



Winners can choose to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

$300 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

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International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2023 Results

Judges Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winners:

Igor Chyrc has begun third year of saxophone class in M. Karłowicz State Music School in Cracow led by Tomasz Skiba. He won twice a Grand Prize in the International Music Competition held by IYMC of the USA. He also won Grand Prix in International Music Competition in Slovenia, Latvia and Poland. In 2023 he took part in II International Gloria Artis Talents Festival in Vienna and was invited to the New York City Prize Winners’ Recital 2023 and Winners Grand Concert Bled 2023 in Slovenia. This year he has been accepted as a scholarship student in „Pro Music Bona” Fondation in Krakow and became part of National Children’s Fund in „Talented” program. He took part in the workshops with Paweł Gusnar, Vincent David, Asya Fateyeva or Primoż Fleischman.


Celine Wu is eight years old from Auckland, New Zealand. She started her wind journey on the flute but never enjoyed it until she tried the trumpet and fell in love with its depth of tone and expressiveness at the age of seven. Since then, she has won under 11, under 13 categories in regional, and under 15 in the national brass contests in 2023. She plays trumpet with the North Shore Symphonic Youth Wind Band and the cornet with the North Shore Youth Brass Band. She dreams of becoming a soloist one day.

Winners by Age Category

First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
Celine Wu, trumpet8Auckland, New Zealand
Student of Mark Close  
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Igor Chyrc, saxophone12Malopolska, Poland
Student of Tomasz Skiba  
Jayden Lee, alto saxophone13Cypress, CA
Student of John Hallberg and Deanna Miner
Sian Bang, oboe13Demarest, NJ
Student of Samei Lim  
York Xia, flute13Sammamish, WA
Student of Jia Lu  
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Adelle Fong, flute15Issaquah, WA
Student of Jia Lu  
Angela Zhang, flute15Jericho, NY
Student of Dr. Melanie Williams  
William Kang, clarinet15Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Anton Rist  
Eric Lee, oboe16Los Angeles, CA
Student of Laura Arganbright  
Anej Gorenjak, trumpet17Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia
Student of Matjaž Dobrovnik  
Ansley Seo, clarinet17Seoul, South Korea
Student of Suyeon Kim  
Helen Kao, flute17New York, NY
Student of Soo-Kyung Park  
Jason Park, clarinet17Cupertino, CA
Student of Hyemin Yun  
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Dahye Jung, flute25Jersey City, NJ
Student of Soo-Kyung Park  
Eunsong Ko, flute22New York, NY
Student of Keith Underwood  
Julie Nah Kyung Lee, flute29New York, NY
Student of Robert Langevin  
Sulina Baek, flute32Middletown, CT
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
Hayoon Na, flute9Gwangju, South Korea
Student of Mun Mijeong  
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Jayden Lim, clarinet11Irvine, CA
Student of Mia Park  
Chloe Park, flute12Brea, CA
Student of Julie Oh  
Ga-in Park, flute12Gwangju, South Korea
Student of Mun mi jung  
Mateusz Truszkowski, saxophone12Barkowo, Poland
Student of Maria Ostrowska and Dariusz Michałowski
Aaron Kim, clarinet13Anaheim, CA
Student of Mia H Park  
Audrey Wu, flute13Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Ying Li  
Katie (Seoyeon) Kim, flute13Brea, CA
Student of Yongmi Choi  
Nayeon Kim, flute13Seoul, South Korea
Student of Areum Han  
Sophia Li, flute13Los Angeles, CA
Student of Jennifer Jo  
Sophie Dong, flute13Chino Hills, CA
Student of Alexandra Miller  
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Roy Wang, Bb clarinet14Champaign, IL
Student of John Hutchens  
Anna Park, flute15Alameda, CA
Student of Yuna Kim  
Ashley Kim, flute15Palatine, IL
Student of Hideko Amano  
Brandon Bang, alto saxophone15Irving, TX
Student of Seongjun Shin  
Emma Park, flute15Alameda, CA
Student of Yuna Kim  
Hannelle Yang, flute15Studio City, CA
Student of Jennifer Jo  
Kalyaa Pradeep, flute15Cupertino, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou  
Leah Park, flute15Demarest, NJ
Student of Jisun Park  
Sophia Ren, flute15Arcadia, CA
Student of Bolin Pan  
Sophia Wu, flute15Great Neck, NY
Student of Dr. Helen (Hyeji) Park  
Sophia Yue, flute15Fort Lee, NJ
Student of Zara Lawler  
Brian Wei, flute16Kenmore, WA
Student of Jia Lu  
Christine Chung, flute16Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Julie Oh  
Daniel Lee, trumpet16Irvine, CA
Student of Hyung Bin Jung   
Jooha Lee, flute16Irvine, CA
Student of Youngji Song  
Kaushik Valiveti, alto saxophone16Roswell, GA
Student of Joseph Girard  
Yerin Oh, flute16Chino Hills, CA
Student of Julie Oh  
Chloe Hua, flute17Bellevue, WA
Student of Jia Lu  
Third Place Winners:
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Aneesh Ahuja, saxophone12Westborough, MA
Student of Paul Meland  
Ethan Luo, bass clarinet13Oakville, Canada
Student of Leonid Sprikut  
Minseo Chung, trumpet13Irvine, CA
Student of Hyunbin Jung  
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Spencer Chaisanguanthum, oboe14Tenafly, NJ
Student of Setsuko Otake  
Brianna Wang, flute15Palatine, IL
Student of Hideko Amano  
Stephanie Zhai, flute15Belmont, CA
Student of Shu Fang Lee  
Gavin Huang, Bb clarinet16Milpitas, CA
Student of Julian Tzeng  
Sinjin Facchetti, flute17Delmar, NY
Student of Huong Thu Le  
Amateur Category:
Michael Taylor, flute Hamilton, Bermuda
Student of Rebecca Carda-Leigh  

Other applicants received Diploma of Participation



1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. To change a performance repertoire, a $55 fee must be submitted on the Contact Us page no later than two months prior to the Recital.

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

4. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protégé does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).

5. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.

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

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

8. During the COVID-19 Health Crisis, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to travel to NYC for the safety reasons, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a shipment to the friends or relatives residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

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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