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Competition Winners and Carnegie Hall Performances

Updated: Jan 18

Congratulations to the following NSMS students on their achievements in the Elite Music Competition and Crescendo International Competition. And, congratulations to their teachers, Dr. Qin Ling, Dr. Charl Louw, and Dr. Kairy Koshoeva. (Scroll down for the list and videos.)


The Elite International Music Competition is an annual event that accommodates pianists and all instrumentalists, vocalists, and small chamber ensembles ages 6 through 22, who have successfully passed the preliminary audition and received an invitation to participate in the Winners Recitals.

Students either auditioned live, or submitted videos.


Elite International Music Competition, first place honors, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall:


Aaron Chai

Adam Chai

Anik Guhumadzumder

Amy Lin

Mai Nguyen

Athreya Yegneswaran

Varsha Yegneswaran


Elite International Music Competition, first place honors, and Crescendo International Competition, first prize, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall:


Harini Durairaj

Adi Varshney


Elite International Music Competition, second place honors:

Lilly Ludewig


Crescendo International Competition, first place, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall:

Adam Chai

Ava Fong

Anik Guhumadzumder

Parth Halani


Crescendo International Competition, second place, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall:

Mai Nguyen





Adam Chai playing O Polichinello by Villa-Lobos


Mai Nguyen playing Tarantella, Op. 100, No. 20 by Burgmuller


Anik Guhumadzumder playing Sonata in F Major, K. 17 by Scarlatti


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