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International Music Talent Competition Spring 2016

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition Spring 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

Scholarship Award Winners:

 Elias Phoenix Ray Zhang and Xinyi Wang

 

Awards 

Winners will perform on

Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 11:30AM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:30AM and at 3:30PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 11:30AM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy were granted based on the judges’ recommendations.

American Protégé
 Music Talent Competition Spring 2016
 Results:

Judges’ Distinction Award Winners
Meagan Lee, 8 years old, a student of Dr. Tian Song since age 6, has been the winner of many piano competitions, which include First Absolute Prize of International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso, Gold Medal of AADGT International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, first place of American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, first place of American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, second prize of VII Chopin International Piano Competition, and second place of NYSMTA Winners Concert Audition.  Meagan has been invited to perform at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College. Meagan also performed in Dr. Joanne Polk’s master class.  Currently a 3rd grader of the Gifted and Talented at Shirlee Solomon Great Kills School, Meagan also shares great passion for acting, dancing, singing, figure skating and baking. Version 2
Celine Wang is a 12 year old 7th grader living in Buffalo NY USA. She started learning piano with Mrs. Violeta Arakelova at the age of six. She has placed in numerous piano competitions including International Piano and Strings Competition, International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, Hartford International Chopin Competition and Canadian Stamford Musical Festival.  She was awarded a scholarship to attend a music festival in Germany in 2014.  Celine loves reading, skiing, and traveling.  Celine Wang
Ines Nedelkovska, 12, from Macedonia, began her studies of piano at the age of six in the class of assist. Prof. PhD Nina Kostova, a student of the eminent Russian professors Ljudmila and Boris Romanov. Frequently performing at national and international competitions where she won first places. Ines won the second prize (first prize was not awarded) at the international competition for piano (four hands) in Monte-Carlo, in the “Superior” category. In 2015, she won 2 first prices on international competitions in Italy in one day. First price at the Associone Culturale Musicale in Napoli and the absolute price at the Euterpe Music Competition in Corato, Bari. Ines Nedelkovska has also performed frequently with the Macedonian Philharmonic. In 2014, she was invited by the V. Spivakov Foundation to go to Moscow where she realized few concerts. In 2015, she performed in Sofia, Bulgaria together with the AGBU Chamber orchestra. Ines Nedelkovska
Herman Liu, 14 years old, began to play piano at 8 and a half. At age 9, he began studying with Dr. Tian Song. At age 13, Herman won the first place in the New York State Music Teacher Association Winners Concert Audition. In 2015 and 2016, Herman won the Gold Medal and Silver Medal in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) International Young Gifted Musicians Festivals. In the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, Herman won the Second Place in 2015 and won the First Place in 2016. Herman won the Silver Award in the 2015 Sinovision American Youth Talent and Art Contest. In 2016, Herman won the First Prize of the International Music Competition “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso. He also won Honorable Mention in The VII Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. As the winner of these competitions, Herman has been invited to perform at Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London. In the upcoming concert season, Herman will perform at the American Protégé Gala Concert at Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Currently a 9th grader at the Bronx High School of Science, Herman is the piano accompanist for the school choir and is also a member of the math team. Herman Liu
 Angela Zhang is sixteen and lives in Cresskill, NJ. She has been playing flute for eight years and is actively involved in her school’s orchestra and other musical activities. Angela won first place in Crescendo International Competition in 2015. She also won second place in Camerata Artists International in 2016. Angela was the winner for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Music Teacher’s Guild in 2014 and 2015. In addition, she has been participating annually in the music exams for the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music. In 2013, she achieved the highest distinction mark in the tri-state-area for the Grade Five flute exam. Angela has also participated in the New York Flute Club’s Young Musicians Contests and received the blue ribbon award in 2014 and 2012. Angela has been selected through competition to play in a masterclass with New York Philharmonic Orchestra flutist/piccolo player Mindy Kaufman. Angela Zhang
An accomplished violinist named as the Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year in 2006, Hong Kiu Mak has performed around the world including in London, Prague, Warsaw, Athens and Beijing. A regular performer in the Windsor Festival, Hong Kiu has most memorably performed before Queen Elizabeth II in Her Majesty’s Jubilee. More recently, he was selected to a masterclass by world-renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Hong Kiu’s success is marked by his winning both the violin concerto competitions for age 18 or under and for age 15 or under (at age 11 and 10 respectively) in the Hong Kong Music Festival. An accomplished pianist, he has also won the 13th and 14th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competitions. He obtained Grade 8 violin at the age of 8 and LTCL Advanced Diploma at the age of 11, all with distinction. Currently, he is under the tutelage of Prof. Maciej Rakowski. Hong Kiu Mak
Name Age Country/State
 First Place Winners
Chengjie (JayJay) Zhou, piano 6 West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Fafan Xiao    
Jayden  Wu, piano 7 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Kristie Lu, violin 7 Great Neck, NY
Student of Laura Broverman    
Lin  Zheng, piano 7 Boyds, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Matthew Chang, piano 7 Bethesda, MD
Student of Kuei-I Wu    
Sarah Yang, violin 7 Tustin, CA
Student of Michael Chang    
Celicia Thendean, piano 8 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Anna Poklewski and Fonny Chandra    
Leo Bailey-Yang, piano 8 Manchester, United Kingdom
Student of Simon Bottomley
Meagan Lee, piano 8 Staten Island, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Victoria Tan, piano 9 Jericho, NY
Student of William McNally    
Eliza Ruffle, piano 10 Taiwan
Student of Pitor Tomasz and Stephanie Huang    
LeAnn Tai, violin 10 Irvine, CA
Student of Kayoko Adachi    
Celine Wang, piano 12 Buffalo, NY
Student of Violeta Arakelova    
Eamon Riley, cello 12 Berkeley, CA
Student of Sergei Riabtchenko    
Ines Nedelkovska, piano 12 Skopje, Macedonia
Student of Nina Kostova    
Joanna  Wang, piano 12 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Stoytcheva    
Sophia Horng, piano 12 Saratoga, CA
Student of Amy Chiu    
Celena Ho, piano 13 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tain Song    
George Shum, piano 14 Broadview Hts, OH
Student of Haewon Song    
Herman Liu, piano 14 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Joanna Ahn, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Dana Burnett    
Anni Wang, piano 15 Yorktown, VA
Student of Jolanta Szewczyk    
Benjamin Xu, piano 15 Mississauga, Canada
Student of Olga Chichova    
Carly  Yang, piano 15 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Rozina Tenenbaum    
Constance Horng, piano 15 Saratoga, CA
Student of Amy Chiu    
Edward Lee, violin 15 Boyds, MD
Student of Semo Adrian and Michelle Roberts    
Eunji Sarah Shim, viola 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Helen Callus    
Ji Hoon Haam, violin 15 New City, NY
Student of Yujeong Lee    
Joon Kyun, cello 15 Concord, MA
Student of Allison Eldredge    
Melvyn Gnai Zhi Yong, guitar 15 Bandar Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
Student of Amanda Gnai Song Hui
Philena Sun, piano 15 McLean, VA
Student of Marjorie Lee    
Angela Zhang, flute 16 Cresskill, NJ
Student of Noelle Perrin    
Angela Zhang, piano 16 Cresskill, NJ
Student of Lu Meng    
Christy Cheung, piano 16 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song    
Darren Liou, clarinet 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Juliana Tseng    
David Winograd, tenor saxophone 16 Morganville, NJ
Student of John Flynn    
Grace Cai, piano 16 Allen, TX
Student of Dr. Grace Long    
Hong Kiu Mak, violin 16 Windsor, United Kingdom
Jeffrey Liew, piano 16 Frisco, TX
Student of Grace Long    
Kevin Hong, piano 16 Virginia Beach, VA
Student of Teresa Compos-Falk    
Yuliya Taustsiak, piano 16 Surrey, BC
Student of Inna Shimbaleva    
Antonio Roccia, piano 21 Sarno, Italy
Student of Francesco D’ovidio and Marian Mika    
Adam Clifford, piano 23 Norfolk, VA
Student of Teresa Compos Falk and Andre-Michel Schub    
Tanya Karamanos, violin 31 Montreal, Canada
Alejandro Valverde, guitar 32 Desamparados, Costa Rica
Student of Pablo Ortiz and Jorge Luis Zamora    
String Sextet:    
Kevin Li, cello 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh    
Cassandra Liu, cello 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Amy Hsieh    
Benjamin Shih, viola 14 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Yen-yin Lee    
Jerry Peng, viola 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Yen-yin Lee    
Christina Chen, violin 15 Milpitas, CA
Student of Seohee Byun    
Alisha Luo, violin 16 Saratoga, CA
Student of Ying Zhao    
Ukulele Duo:
Hew Jun Wei 15 Bandar Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
Melvyn Gnai Zhi Yong 15 Bandar Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
Students of Sebastian Gnai Yoke Wah and Amanda Gnai Song Hui
Violin and Piano Duo:    
Annelle Gregory, violin 20 San Diego, CA
Alexander Sinchuk, piano 27 Moscow, Russia
Second Place Winners
Kenneth Liu, piano 6 Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok    
Angelina Hubertus, piano 8 New Canaan, CT
Student of Tatiana Kunik    
Caitlyn  Wee, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Rosy Chua    
Zhen Wei Wong, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Natalya Kuznetsova    
Tyler  Zhou, piano 9 Davie, FL
Student of Yvette Greene    
Andrew Manzella, piano 10 Murrysville, PA
Student of Rodrigo Ojeda    
Ella Grace  Malcom, violin 10 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Sonja Foster    
Marianne  Cubero, piano 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Prof. J.Arroyo    
Julia Ashikhmin, guitar 11 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Eleazer Rodriguez    
Brandon Deleon, piano 12 Yorktown, VA
Student of Teresa Falk and Karina Bailey Miers    
Ryan Xu, piano 12 Weston, FL
Student of Yvette Greene    
Ethan Yan, violin 13 Mountain View, CA
Student of Antoine van Dongen    
Joanne Chan, violin 13 Singapore
Student of Lynette Lim    
Ye Nan Zhou, piano 13 Beijing, China
Student of Christine Gan    
Yuliana  Fartachuk, violin 13 Jenkintown, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska    
Angela Ryu, violin 14 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Byungwoo Kim    
Faith Nguyen, piano 14 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu    
Sophie Andrews, violin 14 Chatham, NJ
Student of Duoming Ba    
Annie Cao, piano 15 Yorktown, VA
Student of Jolanta Szewczyk    
Fiona Thendean, piano 15 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Dr. Yu-Ting Chen    
Karen Su, piano 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Miranda Wu    
Katryn  Basso, piano 15 Stonington, CT
Student of Nonetta Shatakhtsian    
Melissa Zhu, piano 16 Yorktown, VA
Student of Jolanta Szewczyk    
Violin and Piano Duo:    
Alexandra  Manzella, violin 9 Murrysville, PA
Student of Marybeth Schotting    
Andrew Manzella, piano 10 Murrysville, PA
Student of Rodrigo Ojeda    
Violin Duo:    
Yuliana Fartachuk, violin 13 Jenkintown, PA
Amber Liu, violin 17 Philadelphia, PA
Students of Larisa Odlyvanska    
Third Place Winners
Matthew Alexander Villalobos, piano 9 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Prof. J.Arroyo    
Yash Vij, piano 13 Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee    
Johanna Alstott, oboe 16 Guilford, CT
Student of Olav van Hezewijk    
Kaden Culp, violin 16 Orchard Park, NY
Student of Ansgarius Aylward    
Amber Liu, violin 17 Philadelphia, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska    
Honorable Mention
Komal Pamujula, piano 11 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Helen Lee    
Arik Katz, piano 14 Sarasota, FL
Student of Teresa O’Connell    
Debbie Dunnick, piano 53 Bradenton, FL

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

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