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Congratulations to our Prize Winners and Finalists at the 2016 "Young Pianist Competition"
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Derek Chung, Grand Prize Winner $10,000
Charlie Liu, 2nd Prize $2,500
Kimberly Han, 3rd Prize $1,500
Alexander Tsereteli, Audience Favorite Award Thursday Charlie Liu, Audience Favorite Award, Friday Alexander Tsereteli, Judges Discretionary Award Yoshinari Fukuzawa, Merit Certificate Jarrett Takaki, Merit Certificate Shuhen Zhong, Merit Certificate

Derek ChungSixteen year old Derek Chung from Lincolnshire, Illinois, is the 2016 “Young Pianist Competition” Grand Prize Winner announced at the MostArts Festival Gala Concert, Saturday night. The evening began with internationally renowned conductor, Yuval Zaliouk on the podium leading the Festival Orchestra in the beloved overture to the “Magic Flute” by Mozart. Then, Grammy Award winning pianist Angelin Chang graced the Miller Theater with a breath-taking performance of Edvard Greig’s Piano Concerto in A minor under the direction of Artistic Director, Lisa Lantz. The final work was the powerful and beautiful Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The International jurors for the “Young Pianist Competition” included Angelin Chang, Steinway artist, Andreas Klein and American pianist, Anthony Pattin. Derek Chung will receive a $10,000 cash prize as well as an invitation to return to Alfred University for a performance at the 2017 MostArts Festival held next year July 9-15.

Charlie  LiuKimberly  HanFifteen year old Charlie Liu from Princeton, New Jersey took the $2500 second prize as well as the Audience Favorite Award for his moving performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20. And fifteen year old Kimberly Han of Lake Forest, Illinois was awarded 3rd prize and $1500. In addition to these prizes, both Charlie Liu and and Fifteen year old Alexander Tsereteli of Bethesda, Maryland received the Audience Favorite Prizes for their performances with the Festival Orchestra. Alexander also received the Judges Discretionary Award of $500. Other Merit Certificates went to seventeen year old Yoshinari Fukuzawa of Sheffield, Massachusetts, Jarrett Takaki, seventeen from Wilmette, Illinois and our youngest contender, fourteen year old Shehng Zhang of Canton, Michigan. Congratulations to each of these exceptionally talented young pianist. They all contributed to the Magic at the 2016 MostArts Festival!