International Competition of Romantic Music 2014

American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 attracted applicants from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

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Competition of Romantic Music 2013 Recital Program

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First, Second and Third Place Winners will perform on

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,

Sunday, April 5, 2015 (Easter) at 3:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Special prizes for best performances may be awarded based on the judges' recommendations.


Four qualified judges were evaluating audition materials. All judges were independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season.

Dr. Sophya Genis was invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition. A graduate of the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music, Mrs. Genis holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree. She studied piano with such renowned professors as Alexander Yoheles, Yakov Milstein and Yakov Zak.

American Protégé

International Competition of Romantic Music 2014


Judges Distinction Awards (Trophies) Winners:

Emmie Guo, 6, from Chicago, IL, began piano studies with Sueanne Metz at age 4 and a half. During the past 19 months, little Emmie won first place awards for the 2013 Solo and Duet Programs at Granquist Competition in Geneva IL, the 2013 CAMTA Sonata Festival in Chicago IL, and the 2014 Piano Talent International Competition in Milan Italy. In June 2014, Emmie won 1st place in one of the renown competitions and was invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Emmie performs regularly at senior homes, shopping malls, and libraries. Among other interests, Emmie enjoys reading, ice-skating, swimming, and playing with her little sister Ivanka.

At the age of 6, Erica Hong, 13-year-old from Duluth, Georgia, began to play piano and entered her first competition, the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, in 2009 and received a Superior Ranking and consecutively received the award of Outstanding Performance from 2010 to 2014.  She earned the Superior Ranking award in 2010, 2011, and 2012 from the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 2010, she was given the Outstanding Performer award at the Bach Competition. She won Gold Prize at the Georgia Christian University Music Competition in 2013. Erica tried out for the Georgia Music Educators Association, or All-State, in both 6th and 7th grade and won the title of Master Class winner in 2013 and the title of Conference Recitalist in 2014. She also entered GMTA and won outstanding performance in 5th grade, award of excellence in 6th, and 1st place as the Conference Recitalist and Outstanding performer in 7th grade.

Golda Berkman, 15 year old soprano, made her professional concert debut with Maestro Daniel Suk and the Dream Orchestra at Irvine Barclay Theatre earlier this year - 2014 with leading female pianist Hai-Kyung Suh. Ms. Berkman has performed with L.A. Opera’s productions of “Noye’s Fludde” by Benjamin Britten, and “Brundibar” by Hans Krasa. Golda also performed from George Gerswin’s “Porgy and Bess” at The Centennial Gala Celebration for The City of Beverly Hills with other celebrities including Betty White, Florence Henderson, and composer Richard Sherman. Golda debuted again on April 28, 2014 as the soprano soloist alongside Tenor Vladimir Dmitruk and Mezzo-Soprano Cassandra Velascos of LA OPERA Domingo Thorton Young Artist Program, and professional Bass Patrick Blackwell for a world class production of Mozart’s Requiem. Ms. Berkman is the winner of the Young Musicians’ Foundation Scholarship of Merit Award and LAUSD’s Omni award for “Best Young Opera Voice of the Year.” Ms. Berkman has a vast opera repertoire of arias in French, Italian, German, Korean and Hebrew. Golda is also a classical pianist and passionate composer.

Ila Shon,17, began her cello studies at age six with Sieun Lin in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-college Division. Ila has been a student in the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School in New York and in Florida since 2011, where she receives instructions from Ron Leonard and Paul Katz. Ila has performed in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Laurence Lesser, David Finckel, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Paul Watkins and the Pacifica String Quartet among others. Ila has won First Prize in the Pacific Musical Society Centennial Competition, the Korea Times Young Artist Competition, the Felix Khuner Young Artist Competition, the Diablo Valley College Young Artist Competition, the International Strings Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Ila performed in the Music@Menlo International Chamber Music Festival from 2006 to 2010 and on NPR's Emmy Award winning program 'From the Top' as cellist of the prize-winning Mondo Trio and as a soloist. Ila studies with Eric Sung and Ronald Leonard.


Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
First Place Winners
Emmie Guo, piano 6 Chicago, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Yuxin Jiang, piano 9 Beijing, China
Student of Liuyi Tang
Second Place Winners
Eliza Podvalny, piano 8 Cortlandt Manor, NY
Student of Sheng-Hui Wu Chen
Alejandra Sarmiento, piano 9 LigthHouse Point, FL
Student of Maria Gomez
Jack Forestier 9 Edmonton, Canada
Student of Marie Forestier
Third Place Winners
Zi Meng Chu, piano 5 Shanghai, China
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui
Ryan Yanming Phuan 6 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui
Noel Jones, violin 9 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Antoine Van Dongen
Sabine Kwon, piano 9 Haverford, PA
Honorable Mention
Abigail Bagby, piano 8 Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna
Zi Jun Zong, piano 8 Guang Xi, China
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui
Christina Cai, piano 9 Bryn Mawr, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
First Place Winners
Anna Wang, piano 10 Westford, MA
Student of Yeehan Wu
Ian Maloney, cello 10 Hackensack, NJ
Student of Madeleine Golz    
Jarell Tang, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Winnie Tay    
Henry Tang, piano 12 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok
Rachel Aina Call, violin 12 Provo, UT
Student of Monte Belknap
Erica Hong, piano 13 Duluth, GA
Student of Elena Cholakova
Ilina Lenkova Mihova, piano 13 Sofia, Bulgaria
Student of Milena Mihailova Pavlova
James Sinigalliano, piano 13 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Pannita Mamanee 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Tarisa Chanpong 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Students of Dr. Pornphan Banternghansa
Second Place Winners
Seojin Yoo, cello 10 Cresskill, NJ
Student of Madeleine Golz
Vevina  Yang, piano 10 Perth, Australia
Student of Yoon Sen Lee
Alex Qian, piano 11 Cedar Hills, UT
Student of Irene Peery-Fox
Hana Wang, piano 11 Sterling, VA
Student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt
Lina Hisada, piano 11 Los Aneles, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka
Matthew Gurning, piano 11 Fontana, CA
Student of Agatha Hou
Allison Lie, piano 12 Naperville, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Eliot Hodges, cello 12 Denver, CO
Student of Jim Todd
Ethan Yan, voice 12 Mountain View, CA
Student of Angelique Zuluaga
JT Sterle, piano 12 Clifton Park, NY
Student of Bella Brusilovsky
Pannita Mamanee, piano 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Prof. Jamorn Supapol
Andrew Vu, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Viktor Shekhtman
Austin Chang, oboe 13 Closter, NJ
Student of Samei Im
Natalie Yee, piano 13 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Angela Leu
Peyton Chen, Oboe 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Yu-Ting Wang
Sahana  Shravan, violin 13 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Richard Coff
Sophia Li, piano 13 Vernon Hills, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Warren Lee, piano 13 Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Angela Pham 13 Newport Coast, CA
Austin Pham 13 Newport Coast, CA
Students of Ana Marie Eckstein
Third Place Winners
Daniel Yuan, piano 10 Beltsville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Marien Femerling Garcia, piano 10 Monterrey, Mexico
Student of Dr. Antonina Dragan
Michael Bagby, piano 10 Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna
Darren Chen, piano 12 Walnut, CA
Student of Sharon Hsin-I Cheng
Jack Bagby, piano 13 Berwyn, PA
Student of Anna Kislicyna
Katie Sesi, violin 13 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Judy Blank
Madelyn  Chan, piano 13 Seattle, WA
Student of Marissa Rebadulla-Ramos
Michael Song, cello 13 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Michail Gelfandbein
Shinwho Kwun, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Bendetsky
Sally Han, violin 13 Cresskill, NJ
Student of Yu Jeong Lee
Honorable Mention
Ethan Yan, violin 12 Mountain View, CA
Student of Antoine van Dongen
Katherine Zhao, piano 12 Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Rachel  Dharmapalan, piano 12 Oakland, CA
Student of James Carmichael 
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
First Place Winners
Kaitlyn Mann, piano 14 New York, NY
Student of Inesa Sinkevych
Golda Berkman, voice 15 Beverly Hills, CA
Student of Armen Guzelimian
Christopher Jessup, piano 16 Darien, CT
Student of Victoria Mushkatkol
Stanford Cheung, piano 17 Toronto, Canada
Student of M. Orlov
Gerry Chen, violin 17 Cheswick, PA
Student of MaryBeth Schotting and Mairi Cooper
Ila Shon, cello 17 San Francisco, CA
Student of Eric Sung
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Angelica  Chen 15 Maple Ridge, Canada
Kelly Chan 14 Surrey, Canada
Students of Kathy Bjorseth
Second Place Winners
Andrew Jun Chen, piano 14 Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok
Brendan Bourges-Sevenier, cello 14 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Kyeone Hwa Kim
Chantal Peng, piano 14 Wolfville, Canada
Student of John Hansen
Christy Cheung, piano 14 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song
Jonathan Ge, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung
Joshua Chiang, cello 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
Laura Zhang, piano 14 Marietta, GA
Student of Ping-yun Hsu
Sherrie Wang, piano 14 Williamsville, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova
Stephen  Yang, cello 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov
Vivian Yong Zhou, piano 14 Staten Island, NY
Student of Frederick Kuok
Angelica Chen, piano 15 Maple Ridge, Canada
Student of Kathy Bjorseth
Eloise Hodges, violin 15 Denver, CO
Student of James Maurer
Jason Qu, piano 15 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim
Justin Lee, piano 15 Walnut, CA
Student of Anne Bader
Rachel Won, cello 15 Saratoga, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
William Lee, piano 15 Anaheim Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Alex Pham, piano 16 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Connie  Chau, piano 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu
Elise Zhao, piano 16 Hauppauge, NY
Student of Joanne Polk
Jason Lee, violin 16 Cupertino, CA
Student of Vitaly Leykin
Karlly Feng, piano 16 Temple City, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka
Laura Street, piano 16 Atlanta, GA
Student of Nancy Elton
Min Ki Kim, cello 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
Claire Diaz, piano 17 San Marino, CA
Student of Nobuyo Nishizaka
Justin Kim, piano 17 River Edge, NJ
Student of Dr. Sohyun Ahn
Jeffrey Zhang, piano 17 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Dr. Dariusz Pawlas
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Allison Kao 16 Shaker Heights, OH
Elizabeth Ye 16 Shaker Heights, OH
Students of Ella Karasik
Third Place Winners
Christopher  Yang, viola 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin
Key Ruan, piano 14 Surrey, Canada
Student of Li Xiao
Suzanne Carpenter, piano 14 Springfield , PA
Student of Anna Kislitsyna
Angelica Chen, violin 15 Maple Ridge, Canada
Student of Lawrie Hill and Nicholas Wright
Angela Yang, piano 15 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Dr. Keli Xu
Annie Zhen, piano 15 Covina, CA
Student of Sharon H. Cheng
Eric  Shuren, piano 15 Montebello, NY
Student of Sergei Arzoumanov
Grace Jin, piano 15 Pittsburgh, PA
Student of Yeeha Chiu
Patrick James Staples, piano 15 Peru, VT
Student of Karine Poghosyan
Tina Jiang, piano 15 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Tian Song
James Li, piano 16 Woodbury, MN
Student of Jane McLain-Rondeau
Jasmine Zhou, piano 16 Ridgewood, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino
Kevin  Bao, piano 16 Walnut , CA
Student of Jenny Shin
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Abigail Curtis  15 Manchester, NH
Valentine Schelkin  14 Manchester, NH
Students of Alla Nikitskaya
Honorable Mention
Asha Iyer, voice 15 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O'Byrne
Sarah  Jacobson, piano 15 Pelham, NY
Student of Alexander Budyonny
Juan Granados, piano 16 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui
Alexandra Moran, piano 17 Alexandria, VA
Student of Nina Kozin
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Noah Cox 14 Durham, NC
Meredith Cox 16 Durham, NC
Students of Tanya Smirnov    
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals
First Place Winners
Eunhye Park, flute 21 East Northport, NY
Student of Minsang Park    
Leonor Dill, piano 24 Union City, NJ
Student of Paul Coker
Soyoug Park, piano 25 Minneapolis, MN
Student of Lydia Artymiw
Eunhye Son, violin 27 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Won-Bin Yim    
Lu Wang, voice 27 Beijing, China
Student of Zhao Dengying    
Kyoo Hye Lim, piano 28 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Logan Skelton    
Myung-Ji Lee, piano 28 Denton, TX
Jooyeon Song, cello 28 Urbana, IL
Student of Dmitry Kouzov     
Chia-Ying Chan, piano 30 Urbana, IL
Gang Zhu, piano 30 Champaign, IL
Student of Thomas Sauer and Timothy Ehlen
Hyojin Rhim, piano 30 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Gila Goldstein and Veronica Jochum
Marko Stuparevic, piano 31 Hartford, CT
Student of Dr. Paul Rutman
Moon Young Chang, violin 31 Lansing, MI
Student of Walter Verdehr    
Jiwon Choi, piano 32 Lawrence, KS
Student of Steven Spooner
Rumi Oh, piano 32 Cincinnati, OH
Student of Timothy Ehlen
Larisa Smeshko, piano 56 Novosibirsk , Russia
Student of Mery Lebenzon
Second Place Winners
Darren Chen, piano 19 Ladera Ranch, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung    
Igor Bardykin, piano 22 Moscow, Russia
Student of Alexander Malkus and Sergey Kuznetsov
Liu Min, voice 22 Beijing, China
Student of Lu Lanqing and Lu Lei    
Bong-A  Jung, piano 31 East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras
Anna Arazi, piano 32 Cambridge, MA
Student of Boaz Sharon
Hyekyung Lee, piano 33 East Lansing, MI
Student of Panayis Lyras and Marc Silverman
Hyun Hee Park, piano 44 Fredericton, Canada
Student of Roger Lord
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Maria Spirina 27 Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Alexander Panov 27 Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Students of Ekaterina Andreevna Flerova    
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
David Peroni 33 Caldogno, Italy
Silvia Bellani 30 Caldogno, Italy
Students of Pier Narciso Masi    
Honorable Mention
Rui Jia Gladys Lim, piano 18 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui
Armon Safai, piano 20 Irvine, CA
Student of Anna Maria Eckstein
Josh Tyree, piano 33 Cumming, GA
Student of Raisa Isaacs
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Christina Mandasari 24 Lawrence, KS
Somruedi Suchitphanit 28 Lawrence , KS
Students of Scott McBride Smith




Winners Recital Information:

  1. Winners of the Competition will perform only one piece selected by the judges from the participant's audition repertoire. Set of different works is not acceptable for the Winners Recital.

  2. Recital and Photo Fees include free admission for the participant, four complimentary guests' tickets, Winner's Certificate, Teacher's Diploma and a set of digital photos of the participant's stage performance.
    Recital and Photo Fees for soloists are $330. Recital and Photo Fees for ensemble are $190 per member plus $80 Photo Fee per group. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

  3. Detailed Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the winners.

  4. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accomodations, etc.)

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