We’re happy to announce this year’s winners of AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2021″.
 
We would like to thank everyone who participated and encourage those who did not win this year to try again during the next season.
Please make checks payable to Art & Music Unlimited,
and send it to the American Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.
The Deadline is November 25, 2021. The recital fee is non-refundable.

 
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at theBruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center on February 19, 2022 at 5 pm.
  • 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 2022.
  • *Recital Fee*: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert,four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • $300 scholarship for the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2022.
 

A. 6-10 years of age

Emily Tianru Jin, piano, MA
Teachers: Yidan Guo / Xu Guo

 

Chelsea Solis, piano, NY
Teacher: Dr. Tian Song

 

Carissa Darmawan, piano, TX
Teacher: Julia Hsiao

 

Olivia Tai, piano, MA
Teacher: Yidan Guo

 

Audrey Cham, piano, TX
Teacher: Julia Hsiao

 

B. 11-14 years of age

Qiao Zhang, piano, CA
Teacher: Jeffrey Lavner

 

David Xiong, piano, MA
Teacher:Ronald Kmiec

 

Katie Osborn, piano, CA
Teacher: YingWen Lewis

 

James Tsaggaris, piano, CA
Teacher: Nataly Gingis

 

C. 15-18 years of age

Dyne Lee, clarinet, CA
Teacher: Helen Yun

 

Diane Shih, piano, CA
Teacher: Erna Gulabyan

 

Benson Ni, voice, Canada
Teacher: Lindsay Gillis

 

Matthew Bailey, cello, CA
Teacher: Kyeong Hwa Kim

 

Ellie Lee, violin, CA
Teacher: Michael Tseitlin

 

Henry Yao, piano, CA
Teacher: Silvana Sokolov-Grubb

 

D. College students

Eugene Choo, violin, VA
Teacher:Prof, Jeannette Jang

 

Ensemble Categories

Aditi Dangi / Henrik Chan, piano duet, TX
Teacher: Julia Hsiao

 
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at theBruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center on February 19, 2022 at 5 pm.
  • 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 2022.
  • *Recital Fee*: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert,four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • $200 scholarship for the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2022.
 

A. 6-10 years of age

Eliezer Kumar-Lau, piano, CA
Teacher: YingWen Lewis

 

Sophia Zhong, piano, NJ
Teacher: Prof. Dr. Renpeng Dong

 

C. 15-18 years of age

Jason Park, clarinet, CA
Teacher: Hyemin Yun

 

Kevin Xu, piano, IL
Teacher: Sojung Hong

 

Matthew Wang, piano, CA
Teacher:Yin Yin Huang

 

Christina Wong, piano, MA
Teacher: Xiaoning Cheng

 

Ian Chen, piano, CA
Teacher: Irina Brener

 

Joshua Lee, piano, MA
Teacher: Margarita Kotlyarova

 

Shaunak Pandey, piano TX
Teacher: Julia Hsiao

 
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at theBruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center on February 19, 2022 at 5 pm.
  • 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 2022.
  • *Recital Fee*: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert,four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • $100 scholarship for the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2022.
 

C. 15-18 years of age

Esha Brar, voice, NY
Teacher: Jane Olian

 

Zhenjie He, voice, China
Teacher: Janette Lim

 

Mabel Cao, piano, China
Teacher: Li Zhang

 
 
 

Awards

  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Participation in a Winners Recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Concert Dates: May 21 or June 11, 2023.
  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures.
  • The Recital fee for ensembles is $200/person.
  • $500 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2023 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).
  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Participation in a Winners Recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Concert Dates: May 21 or June 11, 2023
  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures.
  • The Recital fee for ensembles is $200/person.
  • $300 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2023 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).
  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center-Winter 2022-2023. TBA.
  • Concert Dates: 2022-2023. TBA.
  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures.
  • The Recital fee for ensembles is $200/person.
  • $200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2023 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).
  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center-Winter 2022-2023. TBA.
  • Concert Dates: 2022-2023. TBA.
  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures.
  • The Recital fee for ensembles is $200/person.
  • $100 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2023 (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.

 

Winners’ Concerts — Venues & Dates

Winners’ Concerts for the 2022 the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition of the American Fine Arts Festival are currently scheduled to take place between January – June, 2023.


 

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
 
Concert Dates: May 21 or June 11, 2023

 

The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Bruno Walter Auditorium
at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
 
Concert Dates: Fall-Winter 2022. TBA
 
 

How to apply

Applicants must submit a DVD or YouTube link 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 or YouTube link must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2022. Audition results will be announced on our website in November 15, 2022. Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition DVDs or YouTube link 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 applications and application fee 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.