The MostArts Festival

The Magic Returns July 12 - 18, 2020

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

Joaquin Achucarro

Guest Artist Joaquin Achucarro

Described as "The Consummate Artist," internationally renowned Spanish pianist Joaquin Achucarro returns to the MostArts Festival in 2020! Audiences will have an opportunity to hear Achucarro in Manuel de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the MostArts Festival Orchestra under the direction of Yuval Zaliouk on Saturday, July 18th.

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Piano soloist

Guest Soloists

Join the MostArts Festival in welcoming back 2019 Young Pianist Competition Grand Prize Winner Carey Byron, world renowned pianists Joaquin Achucarro and Peter Takacs, jazz pianist David Miller and guitarist Nilko Guarin. Soloists will be performing in our Evening Concert Series, Chamber Music Series and Music Under The Stars.

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Dave Miller

Dave Miller Trio

Father-daughter duo Rebecca DuMaine and Dave Miller have been performing together since 2010 and regularly make the rounds at some of the most notable jazz clubs across the country. On the heels of their recently released critically acclaimed record "Just Imagine," and together with the rest of Dave's trio, they will be performing at the MostArts Festival Chamber Music Series as well as Music Under The Stars.

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Guest Conductors

The MostArts Festival boasts world-renowned artists, musicians and guest conductors, sure to entertain audiences with discriminating tastes from far and wide.

B & B at The Brick

The Brick residence hall provides delightful accommodations for MostArts Festival musicians, artists and attendees.

Welcome to the MostArts Festival!

Congratulations to the 2019 Young Pianist Competition winners!

$10,000 Grand Prize: Carey Byron, 14, Roswell, GA
$5,000 2nd Prize: Hyeonuk Park, 14, Boston, MA
$2500 3rd prize: Ethan Yuen, 17, Palo Alto, CA
$500 Audience favorite Thursday Mozart Concerto Performance: LiYuan Byrne, 16, Verona, NJ
$500 Audience Favorite Friday Mozart Concerto Performance: Carey Byron, 14, Roswell, GA
$500 Judge's Discretionary Prize: Maxine Park, 14, Hanover, NH

Featuring the 2020 Young Pianist Competition, ages 13-18

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.

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Lisa Lantz
Artistic Director
MostArts Festival
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802


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 will perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra during the Competition.

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 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, A Master Gardener Workshop, MostArts Clay Workshops, Children’s Mural Painting, Creative Writing Workshop "Playing With Words," and Guhzeng [Chinese zither] Workshop.

Mid-week features the annual “Music Under the Stars” Gallery Hop and BBQ featuring the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum and Cohen Gallery.

The Miller Performing Arts Center provides a home for the Alfred University Performing Arts Division, 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 Mission

The MostArts Festival is established as an advocate for cultural enrichment. The Festival’s home at Alfred University signifies the importance of commitment to community and to the economic development of the Southern Tier region of New York State.

During the luxurious days summer, the MostArts Festival at Alfred University brings to the Alfred community and Western New York State the brilliance of timeless classical music performed by a world class orchestra. The Festival recognizes internationally renowned musicians and invites them to share their passion for music in dialogue with the visual arts for which Alfred, NY, is so well known.

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

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Lisa Lantz

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