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Save the Date: July 8-14 2018
Featuring the 2018 Piano Competition ages 13-18

Alice Zhang is the 2017 Grand Prize Winner

Alice Zhang

Fifteen year old Alice Zhang from Vernon Hills, Illinois, is the 2017 “Young Pianist Competition” Grand Prize Winner announced at the MostArts Festival Gala Concert, Saturday night. Alice Zhang will receive a $10,000 cash prize, an invitation to become a Young Steinway Artist, and will return to Alfred University for the opening Gala Concert at the 2018 MostArts Festival next July.

Fifteen year old Raymond Feng from Pittsford, New York took the $5000 second prize.

Seventeen year old Scarlett Zheng of Cranford, New Jersey was awarded 3rd prize and $1500, as well as the Audience Favorite Award for her moving performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20.

The festival’s youngest competitor, thirteen year old Aliya Alsafa of Chicago, Illinois, also won Friday evening’s Audience Favorite award for her beautiful performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 15.

In addition to these prizes, the Judges Discretionary Award of $1,000 went to two sixteen year olds Siyu Yang of Syosset, New York and William Yang of Lexington, Massachusettes, for their brilliant solo recital performances.

Other Merit Certificates were award to seventeen year old David Godar of Cincinnati, Ohio and Christian Chiu from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

The International jurors for the “Young Pianist Competition” included Angelin Chang, Andreas Klein and Anthony Pattin.
Closing remarks were offered by the President of Alfred University, Mark Zupan, who presented the University’s Fiat Lux Award to Lisa Lantz, Artistic Director of the MostArts Festival.

Congratulations to this year’s prize winners!

The MostArts Festival features the brilliance of timeless classical music performed by world class musicians, the Young Pianist Competition and the vibrant world of Alfred art.

2017 MostArts Festival Program


The Young Pianist Competition has a $10,000 Grand Prize and is a special feature of the MostArts Festival. In addition to a jury of distinguished judges, the audience will have an opportunity to select their favorite contestant for a special award. The competition is open to High School piano students ages 13-18, and all finalists willperform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra during the Competition.

In addition, the Grand Prize winner will be eligible to apply as a "Young Steinway Artist" as well as return to perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra the following year. The Festival’s goal is to encourage and promote excellence in the world of classical music and performance.

The MostArts Festival Orchestra, is an exquisite Mozart-sized orchestra comprised of first class musicians from around the world. Our FREE noon hour Sound Bite Sampler Chamber Music Series showcase our musicians performing gems of the chamber music repertoire as the audience enjoys lunch or dessert. The Evening Concert Series features renowned soloists performing with the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yuval Zaliouk, Steven Thomas and Lisa Lantz, in the magnificent Miller Theater. Then, top off the evening with a glass of wine at our Meet and Greet the Artists Reception following each concert.


In addition to great music, newly designed one, two and four-week Ceramic Workshops offered by internationally recognized artists John Gill and In-Chin Lee, Christina West, Alwyn O’Brien, Bruce Cochrane, Sunshine Cobb, , Bill Carty as well as Digital Workshops in Sound, Video and Print, with Andrew Deutsch, Rebekkah Palov and William Contino, and a special two week Glass Workshop with Angus Power, will coincide with the MostArts Festival. A unique opportunity to learn from artists on their own turf, with demonstrations, lectures, and one-on-one conversations, using the School of Art and Design’s tremendous facilities.

A variety of unique One Day Workshops are offered during the festival week: Plein Air, an outdoor drawing and watercolor workshop, with artist Hope Zaccagni and a Master Gardener Workshop with Mary Harris and Debbie MacCrea. Ceramic artist, Linda Huey will offer 3 different MostArts Clay Workshops, including one for children. A Creative Writing Workshop, "Playing With Words" has been added this year as well as three separate Harp Fantasy Workshops with solo artist, Nancy Lendrim. And don’t miss the free Raku Extravaganza on the final day with artist Wayne Higby!

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, opened the doors of its new, magnificent facility on October 28, 2016 with an exhibition entitled Core Sample: Selections from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition, and the second in the series, Core Sample: Additional Findings, presents a journey through time in the history of ceramic art with selected works from the Museum’s extensive collection. The series features the art of the renowned Alfred University ceramic art faculty, major 20th and 21st century American and International ceramic artists and ceramic art of the ancient Americas as well as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, African and American Indian masterpieces.

The Miller Performing Arts Center provides a home for the Alfred University Division of Performing Arts, as well as serving as a cultural focal point for the region. The Miller Theater, which opened in the Fall of 2010, features a beautiful new 9 foot Steinway and offers all who attend a unique and excellent performance experience. The Center has outstanding rehearsal spaces, individual practice rooms, and studios, as well as spectacular views and spaciousness for performers, students and audience alike.

The Miller Performing Arts Center also features "EarthCloud," the largest hand-cut, porcelain, architectural installation in the world, created by renowned ceramic artist Wayne Higby. This spectacular work consists of nearly 12,000 individual tiles, which span 5,000 square feet and create a lively dialogue between the Center and the Theater.

The MostArts Festival will celebrate the glorious mid-summer days of Alfred, New York by offering the brilliance of timeless classical music. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic and educational potential of the Alfred community by inviting internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the vibrant world of Alfred art.

It is twilight on a summer evening. The stage lights are on. Let the music begin.