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Congratulations to our Prize Winners and Finalists at the 2016 "Young Pianist Competition"

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.

2017 Piano Competition

2017 Piano Competition July 9-15

Featuring a $10,000 Grand Prize, the MostArts Festival, and panel of distinguished judges are pleased to announce the 2017 Piano Competition and Robert Hutter Memorial Award. The competition is opened to High School piano students ages 13-18, with the goal of encouraging and promoting excellence in the world of classical music and performance.

As part of the Final Round of the Competition, Eight Finalists will be invited to Alfred University to perform the 2nd and 3rd movements of their selected Mozart Concerto with the MostArts Festival Orchestra. This concert will take place in the new Miller Theater in front of an audience and an international panel of judges. In addition, the finalists will perform previously submitted solo works in a combined recital.

The MostArts Festival

The MostArts Festival infuses the summer life of the Alfred University community with the brilliance of timeless classical music and art. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic and educational potential of the Alfred community during the glorious days of mid- summer in the Southern Tier of New York. The Festival brings internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the world of art.

  • First Prize $10,000
  • Second Prize $2,500
  • Third Prize $1,500
  • Audience Award (2) $500
  • Discretionary Prize $500

Performance Awards

The Grand Prize Winner will be invited back to Alfred University for a solo recital during the 2018 MostArts Festival.
The Grand Prize Winner will be eligible to become a "Young Steinway Artist"


Angelin Chang
Andreas Klein
Anthony Pattin


The 2017 MostArts Festival Piano Competition is open to High School pianists ages 13-18 as of the competition date. Applicants must not be under professional management.

Application Dates

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2016 until the deadline April 25, 2017.

Online Application

Required Repertoire
  1. The Second and Third Movements of any Mozart Piano Concerto with cadenza.
  2. Solo Recital Repertoire: Must include one etude of virtuosity by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin or Rachmaninoff, and at least two contrasting works from two different periods of the contestant's choice not less than 20 minutes nor to exceed 25 minutes./li>
  3. Compositions for "prepared piano" are not permitted.
  4. All music must be performed by memory for the preliminary/ DVD and final round.
  5. Finalists should be prepared to perform all submitted repertoire in concert at the time of competition.
Application Regulations and Instructions
  1. Applicants interested in being considered must submit either a DVD, YouTube video, or DropBox link, along with the completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of one hundred US dollars (US $100.00) made out to "MostArts Piano Competition," or you may pay on-line pay on-line. Please print out the application form or apply online.
  2. The recording must be of high quality. No editing is allowed. The video recording must be made with one fixed camera, mounted on a tripod, focusing on the right profile and hands of the pianist.
  3. Applicants must submit their respective Mozart Concerto recording with piano accompaniment or with an Orchestra.
  4. All applications and recordings must be postmarked by April 25, 2017.
  5. Recordings must be labeled with applicants name and repertoire along with respective timings of each composition.
  6. Recordings will not be returned.
  7. No changes in repertoire will be permitted past the deadline date of April 25, 2017.
  8. All applicants will be notified by late May.
  9. Finalists will be sent further instructions.
Additional Information
  1. Housing will be provided for all finalists and their escorts. These accommodations will include dormitory style rooms and meals on campus.
  2. The contestants will have access to good pianos for practice in the Miller Performing Arts Center.
  3. The decision of the judges is final.
  4. The MostArts Festival assumes no responsibility for injuries sustained by the contestant or their escorts during their stay at the festival.
  5. The MostArts Festival reserves the right to use any photographs from the festival competition. There will be a professional photographer present.
  6. The MostArts Festival reserves the right to use any recordings from the competition.
  7. Contact Dr. Lisa Lantz, Artistic Director