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International Piano and Strings Competition 2016

The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2016 is open to school students and adults of all nationalities and countries.

All instruments, including piano, strings, voice and winds are welcome to participate in the Competition.

Participants are required to submit video/audio recording materials for the audition.

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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:

School Students:   Adults (18 and older):
  Young Musicians, 5 – 10 Amateur without professional degree
 Junior, 11 – 14  College Students and Professional Musicians
 Intermediate, 15 – 18  


18 year old school students must enter in the Intermediate Category. 18 year old college students must apply under the College Students/Professionals Category.


Winners will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Winners Concerts will take place on

  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day) at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Judges’ Distinction Award and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.


Four qualified judges will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent; their students are not allowed to apply this season. Dr. Sophya Genis is invited as a Chairwoman of the Competition 2016. 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.

How to Apply

To apply for the Competition participants must submit:

  • A completed online Application Form.
  • DVD recording or a link to a YouTube video (preferable) of their performance.
  • Biography of the applicant in MS Word format (not to exceed 150 words). Include past participations in competitions, festivals and other public events. Portrait photo in electronic format, to be used for the Competition brochure printing. Examples could be found at
  • Biography and photo should uploaded at the application page or e-mailed to
  • Application fee.
Mailing Address 

Mail DVD and Application Fee to: American Protégé, P.O. Box 287476, New York, NY 10128

International participants must use express shipment services to the Street Address and provide the tracking number.

 Application Deadline

Application materials acceptance will be closed on January 20, 2016 (all materials must be in the American Protege office).

 Application Fee

Application Fee for solo performers – $160
Application Fees for duo, trio and quartet participants in all categories are reduced to $110 per person
Application Fees are not refundable.
U. S. participants should make a check or money order payable to American Protégé.
International participants may use:

  • Certified bank check payable to American Protégé
  • International money order payable to American Protégé
  • Western Union
  • PayPal (See bottom of this page).
 Piano and Strings Competition Rules

1. Audition time limit for the application video recording:

Category  Age Recital Performance Time limit First Piece (required) Additional repertoire (optional, no time limit)
Young Musicians 5 to 10 5 minutes Not to exceed 5 minutes in duration Any one piece from the Standard Repertoire
Junior 11 to 14 6 minutes Not to exceed 6 minutes in duration Any one piece from the Standard Repertoire
Intermediate 15 to 18 6 minutes Not to exceed 6 minutes in duration Any one piece from the Standard Repertoire
Amateur without Professional Degree 18 and up 7 minutes Not to exceed 7 minutes in duration Any one piece from the Standard Repertoire
College Students and Professional Musicians 18 and up 7 minutes Not to exceed 7 minutes in duration Any one piece from the Standard Repertoire

Participants who submitted first piece (required repertoire) longer than performance time limit should provide another piece within performance time limit and pay additional $50 fee for the second audition.

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

2. Repertoire Requirements:

  • Applicant may choose one or two pieces from the standard repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods).
  • One movement of Sonata could be accepted as a separate piece.
  • First (required) piece will be included into the Recital program if the participant is selected as a winner.
  • Only one piece could be performed at the Winners Recital. Set of different works is not acceptable for the Winners Recital.
  • Only original pieces will be accepted for pianists, no shortened versions.

3. Only un-edited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable).

4. Recordings should be a fair representation of the Contestant’s abilities, but need not be of a professional quality. Recording materials must be labeled.

5. Contestants must perform from memory. No repeats. Music for the ensembles does not have to be memorized.

6. The DVD will not be returned.

7. Judges comments will not be disclosed. Judges’ decisions are final and can’t be appealed.

8. First Prize Winners may not submit the same audition program for the following season.

9. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the audio/video recordings submitted.

10. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire.

11. No changes to biographical information are allowed after the application is submitted.

12. Competition results will be published on American Protégé web-site on February 27, 2016.

13. The Certificates will be granted to the performing winners only, after the Winners Recital.

14. Winners who have chosen not to participate in the Winners Recital for any reason may be disqualified.

15. In addition to the Competition Rules, American Protégé General Policy provisions apply to all applicants and winners. Please read carefully American Protégé Policy before applying to the Competition.

 Winners Recital Information

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

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

3. For detailed Winners Recital information please click here.


To pay the Application Fees on-line please select the payment amount from the drop-down window and click on the button below. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal

Application fee

American Protégé Organizational Committee reserves the rights to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competitions or published on this site.

Complete policies, rules and disclaimers could be found on American Protégé Policy page