Welcome to American Protégé

American Protégé is designed for young musicians, actors, singers and dancers on the path to a successful career. We invite all talented youth to demonstrate their potential during American Protégé 2016-2017 Season. A new season’s program has been announced and will offer a number of competitions, including new ones, where the participants will have an opportunity to showcase their unique talents.

The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2015, International Piano and Strings Competition 2016, International Concerto Competition 2016, Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2015, International Vocal Competition and International Music Talent Competition Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 were a great success with 33 concerts at Carnegie Hall.

We continue to grow and in 2015-2016 our Competitions attracted the largest number of very competitive applicants on record. They hail from every corner of the world including various parts of the U.S., Puerto Rico, México, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Netherland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Japan, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia and South Africa.

Showcase at Stern Competition

In Celebration of the 10-year Anniversary of American Protégé Competitions

For instrumentalists, singers, and ensembles alike, American Protégé is offering an unprecedented opportunity to escalate the scope of their talents to new heights.

We are debuting the opportunity for talented artists to perform at the American Protege Showcase at the world’s most illustrious music venue: the 2,800-seat Isaac Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

For more information please visit the competition web-page


American Protégé works with senior managers and casting producers from Tremendous! Entertainment, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, NBC’s Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres TV Show, WCBS/WLNY morning show “The Couch”,  “Feel Good” TV Show of French Channel 12, etc. 

Starting this season, American Protégé is working in collaboration with NBC’s Little Big Shots, featuring executive producers Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres. Children up to the age of 12 are being screened by the Organizational Committee, for possible future involvement in the show. For more information, please contact our Organizational Committee and visit the Little Big Shots webpage.

Brandon Goldberg Performs at the Little Big Shots Show (April 17, 2016):

Pianist Brandon Goldberg, a winner of American Protege International Talent Music Competition, Spring 2015, was recommended by American Protege to the Little Big Shots Show.

Watch nine-year-old pianist Brandon play “Piano Man” at the Show.

Brandon Goldberg Interview at the Little Big Shots Show (April 17, 2016):

Pianist Brandon Goldberg, a winner of American Protege International Talent Music Competition, Spring 2015, is not only a virtuoso, he’s also given TED Talks, and he’ll wow you with his wisdom.


Arthur Zhou in the KHOU 11 NEWS (March 8, 2016):

SUGAR LAND, Texas — It’s been said that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing at the age of 5. That happens to be the same tender age as Arthur Zhou of Sugar Land. Arthur is naturally gifted enough to have won first place in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition…

Arthur tied for the youngest winner in this group. It’s a competition entered by thousands around the world and one he and Julianne, also entered and won, playing a duet together. With the win comes a trip to Carnegie Hall and New York City where Arthur has been dying to go. Now Arthur has his eyes set on another Big Apple landmark: the Statue of Liberty. The Zhous head to New York City in May.


Harmony Zhu Is Back at Ellen DeGeneres Show (February 4, 2015):

This talented and adorable young lady was back with more to chat with Ellen about, and an incredible performance: a First Prize Winner in the Young Musicians Category of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2013.

Russian National TV Show “Voice”:

Cellist Gyorgy Yufa, a First Place Winner of the American Protégé Concerto Competition 2014, demonstrates his vocal talents as he appears on Voice, a Russian vocal competition which was broadcast nationally on December 9, 2014.

From New York Post (March 30, 2014):

A once homeless Florida college student is now realizing his dreams after placing in a piano competition that will allow him to perform at Carnegie Hall. James Matthews, 24, sometimes slept in his instructor’s piano studio for shelter while he was a student at Florida Southern College… In January, one of his instructors there suggested he submit a video of himself performing Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 7″ for the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2014.After performing at the American Protege Winners Recital on April 20th, James Matthews was invited to the Ellen DeGeneres TV Show on April 25th, 2014.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Elias Phoenix, 7, out of Brandon, Florida, entered the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Fall 2013 in November 2013 and performed at the Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall. After winning the American Protégé Competition, Elias has performed twice as a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, and other local and National news and media outlets.

Piano Prodigy Harmony Zhu Performs at Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

This young talent has as delightful a personality as she has a knack for the piano: a First Prize Winner in the Young Musicians Category of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2013, showed her talent at the Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 3, 2014.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Elias Returns! This boisterous young piano prodigy has made a lasting impression on Ellen. He was back to catch up with her on some exciting topics.

Ellen DeGeneres TV Show:

Ryan Wang, 5-year old Canadian pianist, a Scholarship Award Winner of the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2013 and 2014 – on The Ellen Show Full Interview.

Ryan Wang plays in Yundi Li 2014 Beijing New Year Concert:

6 years old Ryan Wang, a Winner of several American Protégé Competitions, performed in “Yundi Li 2014 Beijing New Year Concert” on Dec. 31, 2013.

From CBC News, Canada:

“On March 17, 2013, … Ryan Wang performed at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall, as part of a show by American Protégé – an organization that strives to encourage young musicians… He finished second at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. We thought you’d like to see his performance, so check out the video on the right of Ryan playing Variations on a Russian Theme….”

Global National TV interviewed Ryan Wang:

The Global National TV held a concert presented Vancouver young piano virtuosos, including Ryan Wang, a winner of the American Protege International Piano and Strings  Competition and American Protégé International Music Talent Competition. This talented youngster has achieved many awards & accolades performing in International and local competitions. He has been invited to perform on the Ellen Show, Rideau Hall, Carnegie Hall, Italy’s Fazioli Concert Hall, fund raisers and other places all around the world


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