The 18th AADGT International Young Musicians Festival

“Passion of Music 2018”

Winners’ Concerts at the Carnegie Hall  on March 11 and May 13, 2018

AADGT Gillock Competition

dedicated to the 100th Birthday Anniversary of 

William Gillock

the noted American music educator and composer of piano music

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE GIFTED AND TALENTED (AADGT) is a tax-exempt, 501© 3 non-profit organization, located in Westchester, New York that helps young extraordinarily gifted classical musicians and artists.

AADGT was established in 1993 and since then AADGT has helped hundreds artists and aspiring young musicians form around the world.

We thank our volunteers, sponsors and friends who enable us to work with such wonderful and promising musicians.

With your generous support, AADGT will continue to help young musicians flourish their talents.

Donations are tax deductible.


Our philosophy and aspiration is to afford talented young musicians and artists an opportunity to reach the highest pinnacles of their potential.


We aim to help young musicians and artists from around the globe, from different cultures and backgrounds to come together to explore the new frontiers of creative endeavors.


Our work is particularly geared towards the development of the young generation and we aim to bring music to every classroom.

We are proud that our work has helped young talented artists who have achieved great success and some of them gained international recognition like:

ILYA ITIN (Winner of Leeds Piano Competition, 1996) was  introduced to the New York audiences at the age of 18.

NOBOYUKI TSUJII (Winner of Van Clibern Competition, 2009) was invited from Japan in 2000 to perform at Carnegie Hall.

AIMI KOBAYASHI was supported by AADGT from her age 9. Under AADGT exclusive management (2005-2010), Aimi performed at most prestigious concert halls in Brazil, Poland, Russia  and Carnegie Hall (all three halls)  and she released in  2010 debut CD/DVD , “Aimi Kobayashi Debut” with  EMI Classics Japan.

Founder AADGT
Mrs. Elena Rossman, President and Music Director AADGT, is a well-known and widely respected as a classical piano professional  for her support for the development and musical growth of extraordinarily gifted musicians from around the world.

Mrs. Rossman has built a consistent track record of teaching, recognizing, supporting, encouraging and working with gifted talented musicians at very early musical development stages. Leading classical musicians and educators such as, Martha Argeritch, Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, Professor Lev Naumov, and Professor Anna Kantor have praised her ability and achievements.

Mrs. Rossman works with very talented youngsters as well as advanced/university level graduates. She has held master classes throughout the world:  USA, Canada, Germany,  Japan,  Luxembourg,  Sweden, Russia,  and Thailand.

She had been (2010-2015) a faculty member at summer festivals in Luxembourg and Germany.

Mrs. Rossman’s students have achieved national and international success. They have gone on to win competitions and become successful professional musicians. Her students have obtained first and advance degrees from the Julliard School (USA), Manhattan School of Music (USA), Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Royal Academy of Music (UK), and other leading International music institutions.

Mrs. Rossman, MA in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, graduated in the former Soviet Union  under the leadership of Viktor Afanasiev- a pupil of Professor Heinrich Neuhaus of the Moscow Conservatory.