We’re happy to announce this year’s winners of AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2019″.
 
We would like to thank everyone who participated and encourage those who did not win this year to try again during the next season.
The Deadline is December 5, 2019.
For November 23, 2019 at 1 pm concert deadline is November 15. Online registration.
 
Please make checks payable to Art & Music Unlimited,
and send it to American Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.
The recital fee is non-refundable.Detailed information about the winners’ concert will be emailed to the winners after January 15, 2020.

 

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall
    • November 23, 2019 at 1 pm (very limited placements)
    • May 23, 2020 at 1 pm (Memorial Day weekend)
    • June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    • June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • Ensemble category recital fee is $250 (Person).

  • Participation in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in August 2020.

  • $300 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

  • Master class with Grigory Gruzman, professor at the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar (Germany).

  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December 2019 to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

  • Participation in a special concerts (with a solo performances) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty / Moscow Central Music School faculty (for an additional fee).

  • $200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Russian winter tour).

 

A. 6-10 years of age

Austen Amley, piano, NY*
Teacher: Dr. Tian Song

 

Cameron Renshaw, cello, MI
Teacher: Tina Renshaw

 

B. 11-14 years of age

Riku Sakai, piano, CA*
Teacher:Erna Gulabyan

 

Ethan Chan, piano, PA
Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely

 

Austin Lu, piano, Canada
Teacher: Arlene Portney

 

Daniel Yoon, cello, CA*
Teacher: Kyeong Hwa Kim

 

Aaron Becker, piano, CA*
Teacher: Natalia Borodulin

 

Alexandra Platon, piano, CA*
Teacher: Muza Mdzinarishvili

 

Hailey Culp, piano, GA*
Teacher: Ping Xu

 

Kefan Cui, piano, MA
Teacher: Margarita Kotlyarova

 

David Xiong, piano, MA
Teacher: Donald Kmiec

 

C. 15-18 years of age

Ariel Ziqian Wang, piano, Canada
Teachers: HaeSun Park / Sang Young Kim

 

Michael Ryan Yang, piano, CA*
Teacher: Heidi Tyan

 

Margaret Wu, piano, PA
Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely

 

Michael McPhie, piano, CA*
Teacher:Susan Bana

 

Albert Chen, piano, IL*
Teacher: Sueanne Metz

 

Amanda Zhu, piano, CA*
Teacher: Dr. Judy Huang

 

Samantha Ma, violin, OH*
Teacher: Wei-Fang Gu

 

Brian La, viola, CA*
Teacher: Byung Woo Kim

 

Joshua Lin, piano, CA*
Teacher: Erna Gulabyan

 

Katelyn Ge, piano, CA
Teacher: Jinah Chung

 

Tiffanie Huang, cello, CA*
Teacher: Jonathan Koh

 

Stephanie Yu, piano, MA
Teacher: Margarita Kotlyarova

 

Madeleine LeBeau, voice, VA
Teacher: Nancy MacArthur Smith

 

Evan Li, clarinet, TX
Teacher: George Variames

 

* fall selection winners

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall
    • November 23, 2019 at 1 pm (very limited placements)
    • May 23, 2020 at 1 pm (Memorial Day weekend)
    • June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    • June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • Ensemble category recital fee is $250 (Person).

  • Participation in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in August 2020.

  • $200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

  • Master class with Grigory Gruzman, professor at the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar (Germany).

  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg in December 2019.

  • Participation in a special concerts (with a solo performances) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty / Moscow Central Music School faculty (for an additional fee).

  • $100 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Russian winter tour 2019).

 

A. 6-10 years of age

Rajit Pandey, piano, CA
Teacher: Michelle Lee

 

B. 11-14 years of age

Shinmu Jiang, piano, CA*
Teacher:Muza Mdzinarishvili

 

Leanna Lo, piano, CA*
Teacher:Jennifer Fung

 

Sabine Bechtiger, violin, IL
Teacher: Jenny Ro

 

Lea Nekrasov, piano, Russia/France
Teacher: Leon Livshin

 

Amanda Kim, piano, CA*
Teacher: Muza Mdzinarishvili

 

Jasmine Lin, cello, CA*
Teacher: Kyeong Hwa Kim

 

Sarah Thornton, piano, IL*
Teacher: Jihyun Lee

 

Mehek Bhatnagar, piano, CA*
Teacher: Helen Lee

 

Jimin Koo, violin, CA
Teacher: Elizabeth Park

 

C. 15-18 years of age

Jaehoon Kim, clarinet, South Korea
Teacher: Hyemin Yun

 

Catherine Chen, piano, MA
Teacher: Margarita Kotlyarova

 

Ayushi Bhatnagar, piano, CA*
Teacher: Helen Lee

 

Christy Kim, violin, CA
Teacher: Elbert Tsai

 

Ichiro Ng, trumpet, CA*
Teacher: Nick Hewett

 

Kyle Oh, piano, IL*
Teacher: Jihyun Lee

 

Jaehoon Kim, clarinet, South Korea
Teacher: Hyemin Yun

 

Srihan Anand, piano, OH*
Teacher: Xiao Ling Anderson

 

Edward Dan, piano, OH
Teacher: Alex Kostritsa

 

Camilla Hayao, piano, MA
Teacher: Margarita Kotlyarova

 

Ensemble category

Clarinet trio

 

Siheon Park, clarinet, CA
Irene Kim, cello, CA
Minyoung Ryu, piano, South Korea

Teacher, Hye Min Yun

 

* fall selection winners

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall
    • November 23, 2019 at 1 pm (very limited placements)
    • May 23, 2020 at 1 pm (Memorial Day weekend)
    • June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    • June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • Ensemble category recital fee is $250 (Person).

  • Participation in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in August 2020.

  • $100 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

  • Master class with Grigory Gruzman, professor at the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar (Germany).

  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg in December 2019.

  • Participation in a special concerts (with a solo performances) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty / Moscow Central Music School faculty (for an additional fee).

 

C. 6-10 years of age

Emma Shen Lu (5 years), piano, Costa Rica*
Teacher: Valentina Tumanova

 

C. 11-14 years of age

Dev Shetty, piano, CA*
Teacher: Helen Lee

 

Chonnie Hong, cello, CA*
Teacher: Jonathan Koh

 

Aditi Palavalli, piano, CA*
Teacher: Helen Lee

 

C. 15-18 years of age

Kevin Wang, piano, MA
Teacher: Xiaoning (Annie) Cheng

 

Ariel Knaster, piano, NY
Teacher: Leon Livshin

 

Jaylin Hsu, piano, CA
Teacher: Yin Yin Huang

 

Rahul Gunturi, piano, CA*
Teacher: Helen Lee

 

* fall selection winners

 
 

Awards

1st

Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall –
May 23 2020 at 1 pm
June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg in December 2020.
Participation in a special concerts (with a solo performances) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.
Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
$200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Russian winter tour).
Participation in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in August 2020.
$300 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 

2nd

Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall –
May 23 2020 at 1 pm
June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg in December 2020.
Participation in a special concerts (with a solo performances) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.
Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
$200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Russian winter tour).
Participation in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in August 2020.
$200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 

3rd

Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall –
May 23 2020 at 1 pm
June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg in December 2020.
Participation in a special concerts (with a solo performances) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.
Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
$200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Russian winter tour).
Participation in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in August 2020.
$100 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 
 

Repertoire & Eligibility

Auditions are open to instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds), vocalists and chamber ensembles. Participants of the Romantic Music Competition may perform one or several pieces or songs by any of the Romantic era composers (click here for a helpful list of Romantic composers). A single movement of a sonata, suite or concerto is also acceptable. If you have questions about the audition/performance repertoire, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The length of the audition/performance program should not exceed 7 minutes for A, B, C age categories, and 10 minutes for D, E age categories. The winners of the Romantic Music Competition will perform one piece, selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire.


People

Auditions are open to musicians and vocalists of all nationalities and are divided into the following age categories:
A. 6-10 years of age
B. 11-14 years of age
C. 15-18 years of age
D. college students
E. amateur adults

 

In addition, all winners will receive commemorative certificates. Please note that multiple winners may be chosen in each age group. Other special prizes may be awarded based on judges’ recommendations.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a DVD of their audition performance, along with a completed Application Form and a non-refundable application fee
• The recording must be clearly labeled on the outside with your name.
• The length of the audition program should not exceed 7/10 minutes.
• The recording must be free of background noise and distortion.
• Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition DVDs will not be reviewed or returned.

 

Application Fees

For the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition
the application fee is $200.

Ensemble member fee is $100

Checks or money orders should be made payable to:
Art & Music Unlimited
P.O. Box 106, Holmdel. NJ 07733
Application and recital fees are non-refundable.

 

Deadline

Applications and audition DVDs must be postmarked no later than November 5, 2020. Audition results will be announced on our website in April 1, 2020. Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition DVDs will not be reviewed or returned.

 

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More Information

Please note that due to the volume of calls, we can only respond to teacher inquiries. We suggest you sign up for our email Newsletter using the form to the right so we can notify you of any updates to our schedule or any changes to competition rules.

 

Mailing Address

Please send all written inquiries, audition videos (DVD) and applications to: AFAF, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

 

Further Information

For more information, please email us. We suggest you sign up for our email Newsletter using the form to the right so we can notify you of any updates to our schedule or any changes.