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

AADGT’s achievements recognized by the world-famous musicians MARTA ARGERICH, EVGENY KISSIN. LANG LANG and MAXIM VENGEROV.

We are proud that our work has helped young talented artists who have achieved great success and some of them gained international recognition winning the most prestigious international competitions like Van Cliburn Competition (USA), Leeds Piano Competition (UK) as well releasing DVD with EMI.

NEW YORK STATE SENATE adopted on May 30, 2019, Resolution No. 1664 for COMMEMORATING the 25th Anniversary Celebration AADGT and paying tribute to its President and Music Director Elena Rossman

AADGT at Lang Lang foundation’s inaugural concert

Anna Larsen, Charlie Liu, and Derek Wong, Gold prize winners AADGT “Passion of Music 2008”, performed at the Lang Lang foundation’s inaugural concert in New York ( 2008). They became the first Lang Lang Foundation’s scholars. 

Nobuyuki Tsujii (Japan)

AADGT recognized Nobuyuki’s extraordinary musical talent at a young age and invited him to perform at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in 2000 at the age of 12.  Since his outstanding performances at AADGT concerts, Nobuyuki won the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition and has become a world-renowned artist.

Documentary film (France) about AADGT

French documentary film about AADGT and the concert “Passion of Music” at Carnegie Hall was televised across Europe and Asia by France Televisions

AADGT Festivals’ Winners in the worldwide news


Tokyo TV (Japan)

Channel 1 (Israel)

Lang Lang

Martha Argerich

“I have been impressed with the level of AADGT professionalism and your unique ability to recognize the next generations of musicians.”

Evgeny Kissin

”Many heartfelt congratulations on the fine work you and your organization are doing and I hope that AADGT continues to receive the support it deserves.”  

Maxim Vengerov

“As a friend of AADGT and Elena Rossman I’m thrilled that organizations such AADGT support and develop new young talents.”


AADGT Festival "Passion of Music 2021" at Carnegie Hall

Winners’ Concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 

AADGT International Young Musicians Competition

The competition celebrates Franz Liszt (1811-1885)Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) and Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)