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International Music Talent Competition Fall 2016

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Fall 2016 was opened to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants were required to submit video recording materials for the audition. American Protégé is looking for genuinely talented people, who have creativity and stage charisma.

We invite talented performers of any age and genre to participate in the Competition.

American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Winners:

Brandon Goldberg

Ray Zhang and Xinyi Wang

 

Awards 

Winners will perform on

Saturday, December 24, at 1:00 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sunday, April 16, 2017 (Easter) at 3:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Additional Spring – Summer 2017 Recital dates will be offered to the Winners.

American Protégé
 Music Talent Competition Fall 2016
 Results:

 

Judges’ Distinction Award and First Place Winners
Megan Zhiyan Phuan, 4 years old from Singapore, started piano lessons a year ago with Christine Gan Siew Hui. Naturally musical, she developed a keen interest in piano playing under the Ms Gan’s tutelage.  She enjoys performing and her passion in music is evident at a young age. She was awarded First Prize and Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, in which she had her debut performance at Wiener Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  She was also awarded the Gold Prize at the 6th Singapore Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition 2016 in Singapore.  She also participated in the Bach in the Subways 2016, the 6th annual international celebration of the music of J.S. Bach to his 331st birthday held in March 2016.  She performed Bach’s Music on both the piano and the violin. megan-zhiyan-phuan
Benjamin Luo, 7, from Apex North Carolina, began his piano study with Florence Ko when he was 5.  He has since placed in various local, state and international piano competitions.  At age 6 he won a second place in RPTA Young Artist Piano Audition.  In 2016, he is the first place winner of The Art of Piano – International Great Composer Competition.  He also won the title “Page Boy of Music” of the NC Federation of Music Clubs State Royalty Competition, first place of NC Federation of Music District Junior Scholarship Competition and first place of the RPTA Young Artist Piano Audition Senior Level.  He is the youngest competition winner in history in this category. benjamin-luo
Justin R. Nguyen, 16, is a junior at Irvine High School.  He began learning how to play the viola in fourth grade at his local elementary school. He has been a member of the IUSD Elementary, Middle, and High School Honor Orchestras, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, California All-Southern High School Honor Orchestra, and California All-State High School Symphony Orchestra. As a sophomore, Justin completed both the California Certificate of Merit for Viola and Piano Level 10 Advanced.  Justin won first prize in the Viola Open II Competition at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival 2016. Justin also has great interests in other activities and competitions such as the Math League, American Math Competitions, MathCounts, and National History Day.   justin-nguyen
Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners
Jair Kang Jun Chan, piano 5 Singapore, Singapore
Student of Christine Gan    
Weidong Ni, piano 5 Beijing, China
Student of Qingyi Zhou    
Henry Manciu, piano 6 Canonsburg, PA
Student of Phyllis Kiser    
Zihan Sunny Chen, piano 6 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao    
Alisa Lin, piano 7 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Krit Niramittham    
Leon Xiang, piano 7 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao    
Lucas Chang Diep, piano 7 Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
Cheuk Yin, Sky Pang, piano 8 Hong Kong
Student of Stella Fong and Dr. Yu Yeung    
Ivan Y Chen, piano 8 New Hyde Park, NY
Student of Vivian Liu    
Pui Yee Pearl Chan, harp 8 Hong Kong
Student of Michelle Abbott    
Derek Chang, piano 9 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Janice Lee, piano 9 New Hyde Park, NY
Student of Vivian Fang Liu    
Adrienne Lee, piano 11 Chino Hills, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein    
Chin Hung Lin, piano 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Krit Niramittham    
Maya Karp, voice 11 Marlboro, NJ 
Student of Badiene Magaziner    
XinYi Liu, piano 11 Flushing, NY
Student of Ruby Zhou    
Yifei Wang, guzheng 11 Dongguan, China
Student of Zhaolan Pan    
Isaac Liu, cello 12 Cerritos, CA
Student of Laszlo Mezo and Vladimir Panteleyev    
Leo Chang, cello 12 Bellevue, WA
Student of Kai Chen     
Qinrui Zhou, guzheng 12 Dongguan, China
Student of Min Xu    
Samantha Der, cello 12 Oakland, CA
Student of Sergei Riabtchenko    
Abigail Xu, Oboe 13 Nunawading, Australia
Student of Stephen Robinson    
Amanda Chao, violin 13 Tenafly, NJ
Student of Joey Corpus    
Andy Dai, piano 13 Chapel Hill, NC
Student of Margarett Evans    
Manou Chakravorty, cello 13 Chicago, IL
Student of Richard Hirschl    
Zi Xian Loi, violin 13 Singapore
Student of Zhen Shan, Zhang    
Kevin Ou, piano 14 Rowland Heights, CA
Student of Jeffrey Lavner    
Nicholas Xie, piano 14 Athens, GA
Student of Anatoly Sheludyakov    
Steven Zhang, cello 14 Redmond, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li
Zi Rui Zhao, piano 14 Oakville, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova    
Eileen Zhu, piano 15 Aliso Viejo, CA
Student of Sheve-Hwa Su    
Erica Hong, piano 15 Duluth, GA
Student of Elena Cholakova    
Hannah Chan, piano 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu    
Ingrid Huang, piano 15 Beijing, China
Student of Wang Haibo    
KyungHwan (Alex) Hwang, cello 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Ruslan Biryukov    
Si Xian Loi, violin 15 Singapore
Student of Zhen Shan, Zhang    
Xinhong Li, guzheng 15 Dongguan, China
Student of Yuyan Xu    
Arthur Dvorkin, piano 16 Redwood City, CA
Student of Natalya Borodulin    
Caroline Wang, piano 16 Cary, NC 
Student of Clara Yang     
Qingyang Hu, guzheng 16 Austin, TX
Student of Jingqun Shao    
Adam Iskrzycki, clarinet 17 Bielsko–Biala, Poland
Student of Lukasz    
Clare Celine Quinn, voice  17 Galway, Ireland
Student of John Quinn    
David Winograd, tenor saxophone 17 Morganville, NJ
Student of Julius Tolentino    
Jessica Yan, violin 17 Cockeysville, MD
Student of Christian Tremblay    
Carlos Guillén, marimba 21 Heredia, Costa Rica
Student of Carmen Maria Alfaro Mendez    
Huiwen Jiang, piano 23 Columbus, OH
Student of Caroline Hong    
Jingshan Cheng, piano 24 Huangshan, China
Student of Detlef Kaiser    
Adelya Shagidullina, viola 27 Philadelphia, PA
Xia Xia Zhang, violin 28 Kingwood, TX
Student of Maurice Hasson and Jianheng Zhang    
Ji Hye Lee, piano 30 Lawrence, KS
Student of Dr. Michael Kirkendoll    
     
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Megan Zhiyan Phuan 4 Singapore
Jair Kang Jun Chan 5 Singapore
Students of Christine Gan Siew Hui    
     
21-string Guzheng Ensemble:    
Qinrui Zhou 12 Dongguan, China
Xinhong Li 15 Dongguan, China
Min Xu 34 Dongguan, China
Shufen Gao 36 Dongguan, China
Hongxia Wan 41 Dongguan, China
Students of Yuyan Xu and Min Xu    
     
Cello Duo:    
Kevin Chen 15 San Diego, CA
Edward Li 16 San Diego, CA
Students of Lu-Yan Guo    
     
Balaban and Piano Duo:    
Nijat Masimov, balaban 19 Baku, Azerbaijan
Minira Najafzada, piano 19 Baku, Azerbaijan
Students of Ilham Najafov    
     
Marimba Duo/Four Hands:    
Cristián Valverde 19 San Jose, Costa Rica
Gabriel Valverde 21 San Jose, Costa Rica
Students of Carmen Maria Alfaro Mendez    
     
Voice and Piano Duo:    
Valerie Gay, voice 51 Philadelphia, PA
Iris Blanco-Urgelles, piano 36 Chester Springs, PA
Students of Margaret Baroody    
       
Second Place Winners
Ivy Shang, piano 7 Clarksburg, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Kai Yi, piano 7 San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Bendetsky    
Catherine Yang, piano 8 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Rosanna Foss, piano 8 Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Gayane Sahakyan    
Kieran Chong Chee Toh, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Alan Chin Zhijiang and Rosy Chua    
Mingwei Jiang, piano 10 Chester Springs, PA
Student of Iris Blanco    
Nigar Huseynli, piano 10 Baku, Azerbaijan
Student of Nigar Najafova    
Abigail Dawn Baobaoen, piano 11 Tawau, Malaysia
Student of Linda Koh Fui Tze    
Emma Tio, piano 11 San Gabriel, CA
Student of Yin Yin Huang    
Helen Yin, piano 11 Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Ivette Chen, cello 12 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Sarah Koo    
Miranda Lemoine, piano 12 Santa Catarina, México
Student of Dr. Antonina Dragan    
Nathan Mu, piano 12 Solon, OH
Student of Ella Karasik    
Samantha Randall, piano 12 Shelton, CT
Student of Andrew Armstrong    
Ethan Jiang, piano 13 Gates Mills, OH
Student of Ella Karasik    
Kevin Yin, piano 13 Potomac, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Andre Canubas, piano 14 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Christine Zhu, piano 14 Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Emma Xu, cello 14 Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Ning Wang    
Joseph Dong, cello 14 Diamond Bar, CA
Student of Vahe Hayrikyan    
Lina Zhu, piano 14 Chadds Ford, PA
Student of Iris Blanco    
Thaddeus Lim Yu Han, piano 14 Singapore
Student of Alan Chin Zhijiang and Rosy Chua    
Angela Pham, piano 15 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein    
Angelina Oh, piano 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Eunice Ahn    
Austin Pham, piano 15 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein    
Jane Kim, piano 15 Buena Park, CA
Student of Dr. Hye Kyung Lee    
Jereme Corbin, piano 15 Bethesda, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Yun Ru Fong, piano 15 Tawau, Malaysia
Student of Linda Koh Fui Tze    
Benjamin Firester, piano 16 New York, NY
Student of Li-Chen Hwang    
Mihyun Jang, piano 16 Fullerton, CA
Student of Hye Kyung Lee    
Sarrah Asokumar, voice 17 Pelham, NY
Student of Natalia Budyonny    
William Kyle Moraga, piano 17 Shoreham, NY
Student of Rowena Arrieta    
     
Piano Duo/Four Hands:    
Trista Siew 11 Singapore
Student of Winny Kusmin and Rosy Chua    
Chloe Siew 13 Singapore
Student of Fiona Chin and Rosy Chua    
     
Third Place Winners
Gabriel Khoo Ken Jin, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Shannon Mok and Rosy Chua    
Hoong Yit Ng, piano 9 Singapore
Student of Amelia Jek and Rosy Chua    
Iris Duan, piano 9 Germantown, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Mehek Bhatnagar, piano 11 Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee    
Ian Hsu, piano 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Fonny Chandra    
Hyunji Shim, voice 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Sookhyun Hong    
Lily Smith, piano 16 Alexandria, VA
Student of Nina Kozin    

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

 Winners Recital Information

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

2. Only ONE piece from the audition repertoire within a time limit will be performed at the Winners Recital.

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

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

5. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one after enrollment into the program.

6. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.

7. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400:

   – $300 Recital Fee, includes admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets.

   – $100 Photo Fee, includes set of digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage. Average set is 20-30 digital photos.

8. Recital Fee for Ensemble Members is $230 per Member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. Recital Fee includes admission for Ensemble Member, Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets per Member.

9. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

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

11. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

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