“A heartwarming extravaganza…
[featuring] obviously talented,
budding musicians…”

-Harris Goldsmith, NY Concert Review

Jack Shao IL, student by Sueanne Metz | Julia Angelov DC, student by Olga Khroulevitch | Kyle Chen MA, student by Niva Fried


The Winners of the special prizes will be invited to participate in the Festival “Moscow Meets Friends 2015″.

The event will take place in May/June 2015.




AFAF Concerto Competition Winners with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Pavel Gershtein.

July 2011, Kostroma, Russia

Brynn Elcock /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2011 competition. Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely
Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No.4 in D minor, Op. 70

July 2012, Kostroma, Russia

Maho Nakanishi /Japan/, a Grand Prize winner of the 2012 competition. Teacher: Victor Pikayzen
Carmen-Fantasy, Bizet / Waxman

Yuting Zhou /China/, a 1st Prize winner of the 2012 competition. Teacher: Kenneth Burke
Prokofiev Concerto No.3 in C major. Op. 26, mvt. 1

Ethan Tsai /USA/, a 1st Prize winner of the 2012 competition. Teacher Li Lin.
Paganini Concerto No.1 in D major. Op. 6, mvt. 1

July 2013, Kostroma, Russia

Theodora Anna Surbanescu-Martin /Romania/. Teacher: Martha Wasley
Brahms Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83, mvt.1

July 2014, Kostroma, Russia

Coming soon!

Yibiao Wang /China/ a Grand Prize winner of 2014 competition.Teacher: Brad Garner
Khachaturian Concerto in D minor, mvt. 3 (originally violin concerto, arr. Rampal)

Alex Haroutyun Tiratsuyan /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2014 competition. Teacher: Svetlana Gorokhovich
Chopin Variations “La ci darem la mano”, Op. 2

Daniel Chen Wang /Costa Rica/ a 2nd Prize winner of the 2014 competition.Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky
Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, mvt. 1

Vadim Repin International Master Class Scholarship Competition Winners.


As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration we were very excited to announce that the world renowned violinist Vadim Repin has graciously agreed to lead a masterclass for AFAF students. At the conclusion of the masterclass Mr. Repin surprised us when he decided to graciously donate his entire honorarium to the scholarship fund and has selected not one, but two of the participants for the V. Repin Masterclass Scholarship! American Fine Arts Festival would like to congratulate Aaron-Timothy Chooi, who will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and Lindsey Jelin Lee, who will receive $2,000 scholarship. Both winners will have the opportunity to perform at the AFAF 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 18, 2013. …more




  • Aaron-Timothy Chooi, (b. 1993), Canada, Teacher Ida Kavafian;


Video: Aaron-Timothy Chooi, ♫ violin, Canada, performing Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28; Saint-Saens



  • Lindsey Jelin Lee, (b. 1998), South Korea

    Teacher’s: Yulee Choi, Aron Rosand


Video: Lindsey Jelin Lee, ♫ violin, South Korea , performing Wieniawski Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 14, mvt.1


Dear Friends,

This is our new email address: afafestival1@gmail .com
Please note that the old email address is no longer working.
Thank you for the understanding.

AFAF Staff

Audition dates:

CA (La Puente) – April 5, 2015

NJ – February 22, 2015

MA – March 7, 2015

International Concerto Competition Application due
January 12, 2015 AFAF 2014-2015 Season

All applications for in-person auditions (NY, MA, NJ) must be postmarked no later than February 2, 2015.

All applications for in-person auditions (CA, China) must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2015.

If auditioning by mail, applications and audition DVDs must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2015.