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2015 MostArts winner keeps winning

2015 MostArts winner Avery Gagliano
2015 MostArts winner Avery Gagliano

The 2015 Grand Prize winner of the Young Pianist Competition, hosted by Alfred University’s MostArts Festival, recently won first prize at the prestigious 10th National Chopin Competition, which concluded  March 1, in Miami, Fla.


The 2015 Grand Prize winner of the Young Pianist Competition, hosted by Alfred University’s MostArts Festival, recently won first prize at the prestigious 10th National Chopin Competition, which concluded  March 1, in Miami, Fla. 

Avery Gagliano, an 18-year-old student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, won with her final round performance of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E minor. She received a cash prize of $100,000 and entry into the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw this coming October, as well as an extensive concert tour in the United States and Canada. 

It was a resounding victory for a young classical pianist whose victory at the 2015 MostArts Festival brought the audience to its feet for a wildly enthusiastic standing ovation. Gagliano had won several classical piano competitions prior to the 2015 MostArts Festival; however, her 2015 victory was her most significant, providing her with the Festival’s generous $10,000 first prize award.  Gagliano won the competition performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 for her final performance. She returned to the MostArts Festival the following year, opening the 2016 Festival playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2. 

Yuval Zaliouk, conductor of the MostArts Festival Orchestra, describes Gagliano’s career as “meteoric” since her success at Alfred University, adding he was awed by Avery's maturity in playing the Chopin concerto. Even more astounding was the fact that it took her a mere three months to master the concerto. She was only 14 years old at the time of her performance.

 Alfred University Professor of Music Lisa Lantz, founder and artistic director of the MostArts Festival, this week added her own best wishes for Gagliano’s continued success: “Congratulations, Avery Gagliano. We wish you great success at the upcoming International Chopin Competition this October.”