2018 Piano Competition July 8-14
Featuring a $10,000 Grand Prize, the MostArts Festival, and panel of distinguished judges are pleased to announce the 2018 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.
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 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 $5,000
- Third Prize $1,500
- Audience Award (2) $500
- Discretionary Prize $500
The Grand Prize Winner will be invited back to Alfred University for a solo performance with the MostArts Festival Orchestra during the 2019 MostArts Festival.
The Grand Prize Winner will be eligible to become a "Young Steinway Artist"
The 2018 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.
Applications will be accepted from September 1st, 2017 until the deadline March 16, 2018.
- The Second and Third Movements of any Mozart Piano Concerto with cadenza.
- 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.
- Compositions for "prepared piano" are not permitted.
- All music must be performed by memory for the preliminary and final round.
- Finalists should be prepared to perform all submitted repertoire from the Preliminary Round in a Solo Recital and with the Festival Orchestra at the time of competition. Contestants must perform the same repertoire for Both Rounds of the Competition. No changes in repertoire are permitted for the Final Round.
- Applicants interested in being considered must submit a YouTube video, 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. Please print out the application form or apply online.
- 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.
- Applicants must submit their respective Mozart Concerto recording with piano accompaniment or with an Orchestra.
- All applications and recordings must be postmarked by March 16, 2018.
- YouTube video links must be submitted with applicant's name and repertoire along with respective timings of each composition.
- Email YouTube video links to: MostArts@alfred.edu
- No changes in repertoire will be permitted past the deadline date of March 16, 2018.
- All applicants will be notified by early April.
- Finalists will be sent further instructions.
- For questions regarding the competition, please email MostArts@alfred.edu Attention: Dr. Lisa Lantz, Artistic Director
- Housing will be provided for all finalists and their escorts. These accommodations will include dormitory style rooms and meals on campus.
- The contestants will have access to good pianos for practice in the Miller Performing Arts Center.
- The decision of the judges is final.
- The MostArts Festival assumes no responsibility for injuries sustained by the contestant or their escorts during their stay at the festival.
- The MostArts Festival reserves the right to use any photographs from the festival competition. There will be a professional photographer present.
- The MostArts Festival reserves the right to use any recordings from the competition.
- Video recordings of the Competition will be made available to the finalists.
- As a courtesy to the Festival, All Finalists are asked to cite the MostArts Festival “Young Pianist Competition” in their bios and press releases.
- Contact Dr. Lisa Lantz, Artistic Director