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Award Winners

  • 1st Prize and $10,000 was awarded to Alice Zhang, 15 years old from Vernon Hills, IL.
  • 2nd Prize and $5,000 was awarded to Raymond Feng, 15 years old from Pittsford, NY.
  • 3rd Prize and $1,500 was awarded to Scarlett Zheng, 17, Cranford, NJ.
The Audience Favorite Awards for the most moving Mozart Concerto performance:
  • Thursday evening's $500 award goes to Scarlett Zheng.
  • Friday evening's $500 award goes to Aliya Alsafa, 13, Chicago, IL.

In addition to these prizes, the Judges Discretionary Award of $1,000 went to two 16-year-olds: Siyu Yang of Syosset, NY, and William Yang of Lexington, MA, for their brilliant solo recital performances. Other Merit Certificates were award to 17-year-old David Godar of Cincinnati, Ohio and Christian Chiu of Pittsburgh, PA.

Meet the 2017 International Young Pianist Competition Finalists

Aliya Alsafa

Aliya AlsafaThirteen year old Aliya Alsafa began studying piano at the age of four at the Music Institute of Chicago. She was the first prize winner of the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, the Chopin Youth Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Walgreens National Concerto Early Music Division Competition. Aliya has played at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Ravinia Bennett Gordon Hall, and Symphony Center for the “Keys to the City” festival hosted by Emanuel Ax. She was also selected for the inaugural Allianz Junior Music Camp through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Aliya currently studies piano with Matti Raekallio and Sueanne Metz. Soon after she began playing piano, Aliya took an interest in composition. In 2015, she won first prize in state and regional contests and second place nationally in MTNA for composition. Aliya is a Davidson Young Scholar and attends the Whitney Young Academic Center in Chicago, IL.

Christian Chiu

Christian ChuChristian Chiu, fourteen, is completing eighth grader at Fort Couch Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of ten, he made his orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has been a first prize winner of the solo division at the Duquesne Young Artist National Competition and of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition, and he has been selected to perform at Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Pittsburgh International Piano Competition. Additionally, he was selected as a finalist for NPR's From The Top auditions. Christian has appeared as a guest pianist with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and he participated in the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition and the Southeastern Piano Festival (SEPF) in 2016. He likes playing music from all different periods, and especially enjoys performing the works of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Outside of his musical pursuits, Christian’s favorite activities include playing soccer, chess, ping pong, and golf, and watching hockey games. He currently studies privately with Professor Natasha Snitkovsky of Duquesne University.

Raymond Feng

Raymond Feng

Fifteen-year-old Raymond Feng is a sophomore at Sutherland High School in Pittsford, NY. A pupil of Elier Suárez since age five, Raymond has been a top prizewinner of international and national competitions. He has appeared on NPR’s From the Top with the Rochester Philharmonic under the baton of Ward Stare and was selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in 2016. Major concert venues Raymond has performed at include Eastman Kodak Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, Sanders Theatre at Harvard, and Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago.

Raymond is deeply engaged in giving back to the community. The founded the “Music for Love” project in 2015, which brings music performances to local nursing homes, hospitals, cancer centers, and organizes concerts to raise money for Golisano Children's Hospital. Aside from music, Raymond is an accomplished mathlete, enjoys composing music, and playing tennis.


David Godar

David GodarDavid Godar is seventeen years old, from Cincinnati, OH, and is a junior at Sycamore High School. He started to play piano at age three, and has competed since the age of seven. David won the Pre-College Buckeye Auditions, received Honorable Mention at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, DC, and won the Blue Ash Young Artist Concerto Competition. David was a finalist in the Overture Awards in Cincinnati, and he is a recipient of the Cincinnati Symphony Club Scholarship, the Gino DiMario Scholarship, and the Clifton Music Club Piano Competition Scholarship. At age thirteen he made his orchestral debut with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and one year later he played as a soloist with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to perform the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Blue Ash Orchestra in 2015. He is a recipient of the National YoungArts Foundation Merit Award, and he also won the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition along with the College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Piano Competition. David is a student of Hitomi Koyama.

Siyu Yang

Siyu YangBefore moving to the USA, Siyu Yang studied with Ming-Duo Li at the Shanghai Music College and competed extensively in China. Most recently he was in the Young Classical Virtuoso of Tomorrow Competition. His solo recitals and chamber music performances venues include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NY, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Jacobs Music Steinway 164th Anniversary Concert. The sixteen year old is a student at Syosset High School, NY where he is the pianist for their jazz ensemble, performing in the District Jazz Festival as well as in pit orchestra for a variety of musicals. Siyu studies with Amy Yang, a professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

William Yang

William Yang

Sixteen-year-old William Yang of Lexington, MA has been honored at numerous competitions, including second prize at the Midwest International Piano Competition and Festival in 2014, and winner of the special Bach Prize at the 2015 Young Artists Cleveland International Piano Competition. Most recently he was a semifinalist in the 2016 Cooper International Piano Competition. William has performed since the age of seven, and in 2010 he was the featured soloist in NPR’s From the Top. His orchestral performances include Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of Animals with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010 and Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

William is a student at Lexington High School and at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he studies piano with Alexander Korsantia. He loves chamber music, swimming, and table tennis.


Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang, fifteen, is a sophomore at Vernon Hills High School. Born in Vernon Hills, Alice started studying piano at age four with Brenda Huang. She also takes additional lessons with Professor Eduardus Halim and Dr. Matthew Hagle. Her piano performances have been broadcasted many times in 98.7 WFMT’s Introductions radio program, including solo recital, chamber music, piano duet, and piano concerto performances. This year, she placed third in the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) national piano duet competition in Baltimore, MD. In 2014, she won second prize in the Junior Division of the Emilio del Rosario (EDR) General Piano Concerto Competition, and was named as the Overall Winner of the MYA Junior Division of the National Walgreens Concerto Competition held at Ravinia. The following year, Alice was the youngest of seven finalists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions and performed at the Chicago Symphony's Orchestra Hall.

An accomplished chamber musician, Alice's group, the Odysseus Trio, advanced to the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In the local community, she is an active performer in many senior facilities and community clubs in the greater Chicago area. She is also a violinist and participates in the Symphony Orchestra of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.


Scarlett (Xinyue) Zheng

Scarlett ZhengScarlett (Xinyue) Zheng is from Nanjing, China. Now a seventeen-year-old junior at Union Catholic High School in New Jersey, she won First Prize at the 8th International Nice Côte d'Azur Piano Competition. That competition grew her confidence, and she loves to perform and share music with other people. Earlier, she gave three recitals in Xiamen at the Wuyuan Concert Hall, and a solo recital in Nanjing at the Nanyi Concert hall. In China she studied with Shuren Sun and Xianjie Zhu, and now she studies with Susan Starr.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
7:30 Grand Opening Festival Concert
Miller Theater (Tickets Required)
MostArts Festival Orchestra
Featuring the 2017 Young Pianist Competition Grand Prize Winner, Derek Chung. 
Yuval Zaliouk, Conductor
Smetana “Moldau” 
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 
Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Gala Reception with Food and Wine in Ade Hall located across the street The public is invited to meet and greet with the artists.
Reception: $10 Donation at the Door

Monday, July 10, 2017
12:00 Chamber Music Series
Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall (Free Event)
"Sound Bites Sampler" # 1
Luigi Boccherini String Quintet in D major Op. 37, No. 2
Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 59. No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven Sextet for Winds Op. 71
Antonin Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81
7:30 Evening Concert Series
(Tickets Required)
Featuring the MostArts Festival Orchestra with Grammy Award winning pianist, Angelin Chang and trumpet soloist, Bruno Lourensetto
Yuval Zaliouk, conductor
Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture “Fingals Cave” 
Shostakovitch Piano Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet and Strings
Bizet Symphony No. 1 in C major
Meet and Greet the Artists reception in Ade Hall

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
12:00 Chamber Music Series
Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall (Free Event)
"Sound Bites Sampler" # 2
Antonin Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 “American”
Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A minor
Andre Jolivet Sonatine
Alexander Borodin String Quartet No. 2 in D minor
Mikhail Glinka Grand Sextet in E flat major
6:30 Carillon Recital
the Davis Carillon (Free Event)
7:30 Evening Concert Series
Miller Theater (Tickets Required)
MostArts Festival Orchestra featuring German Concert Pianist, Andreas Klein
Yuval Zaliouk, Conductor
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian” 
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Meet and Greet the Artists reception in Ade Hall

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
12:00 Chamber Music Series
Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall (Free Event)
"Sound Bites Sampler" # 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285
Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
Ludwig van Beethoven Sextet for Winds Op. 71
Maurice Ravel Ma mere L’Oye for piano 4 hands
Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
2:00 Recital
Miller Theater (Free Event)
“Young Pianist Competition” Finalists
Aliya Alsafa 13 years old from Chicago, IL
Bach
Prelude & Fugue in B flat major, BWV 866, (WTC 1)
Mozart 
Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576 
Allegro
Chopin 
Etude in A flat major, Op. 25, No. 1 
Etude in C major, Op. 10, No. 7
Chopin 
Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57
Fazil Say
Paganini Jazz

Raymond Feng 15 years old from Pittsford, NY
Beethoven 
Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
Das Lebewohl (The Farewell): Adagio-Allegro
Chopin 
Etude in F flat major, Op. 10, No. 8 
Chopin
Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44
Stravinsky
Trois mouvements de Petrouchka: Danse russe

William Yang 16 years old from Lexington, MA
Bach
Prelude & Fugue in B minor, BWV 869 (WTC 1)
Chopin
Etude in E minor, Op. 25, No. 5
Chopin
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Alice Zhang 16 years old from Vernon Hills, IL
Ravel
Oiseaux Tristes from Miroirs
Liszt 
La Leggierezza, from Trois Etudes de Concert, S. 144
Liszt 
Tarantella, from Deuxième année: Italie
4:00 Recital
Miller Theater (Free Event)
“Young Pianist Competition” Finalists
Christian Chiu 14 years old from Pittsburg, PA
Mozart 
Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333
Allegro
Liszt
Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs), S. 145/1
Chopin 
Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20 No. 1

David Godar 17 years old from Cincinnati, OH
Bach
Prelude & Fugue in E flat minor, BWV 853 (WTC 1)
Rachmaninoff
Etude Tableau in A minor, Op. 39 No. 6
Toru Takemitsu
Litany: Adagio 
Brahms
Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, Op 1
Allegro

Scarlett (Xinyue) Zheng 16 years old from Cranford, NJ
Bach
Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 875 (WTC I1)
Beethoven 
Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
Allegro con brio
Liszt 
Transcendental Etude No. 5, Feux Follets Shostakovich
Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in D flat major

Siyu Yang 16 years old from Syosset, NY
Bach 
Chromatic Fantasy, BWV 903
Chopin
Etude in A minor, Op. 25, No. 11 
Chopin
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
6:00 Music Under The Stars
Gallery Hop & BBQ at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum (Tickets Required)
Delicious Food, Music and Art

Thursday, July 13, 2017
12:00 Chamber Music Series
Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall (Free Event)
"Sound Bites Sampler" # 4
Felix Mendelssohn String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
Johannes Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40
Franz Schubert Fantasie in F minor, Op. 103
Pablo Sarasate Navarra for Two Violins
7:30 Evening Concert Series
Miller Theater (Tickets Required)
MostArts Festival Orchestra
Steve Thomas, Conductor
Featuring Finalists of the Piano Competition
William Yang 16 years old from Lexington, MA
Mozart Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, K. 271
Andantino
Rondo: Presto

David Godar 17 years old from Cincinnati, OH
Mozart Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Larghetto
Allegretto

Scarlett (Xinyue) Zheng 16 years old from Cranford, NJ
Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Romanze
Allegro assai

Raymond Feng 15 years old from Pittsford, NY
Mozart Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453
Andante
Allegretto-Presto
Meet and Greet the Contestants Reception in Lower Miller Lobby

Friday, July 14, 2017
12:00 Chamber Music Series
Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall (Free Event)
"Sound Bites Sampler" # 5
Guzheng Fantasy The Eternal Sorrow of Lin’An
Wallingford Riegger Concerto for Piano and Woodwind Quintet, Op. 53 
Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
1:30-2:30 “What’s Hot at the AU Hot Shop?”
Alfred Glass Studio "Hot Shop" (Free Event)
Glassblowing Demonstration with Angus Powers
7:30 Evening Concert Series
Miller Theater (Tickets Required)
MostArts Festival Orchestra 
Featuring Finalists of the Piano Competition 
Steve Thomas, Conductor
Christian Chiu 14 years old from Pittsburg, PA
Mozart Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Andante
Allegro vivace assai

Siyu Yang 16 years old from Syosset, NY
Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Romanze
Allegro assai

Aliya Alsafa 13 years old from Chicago, IL
Mozart Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K. 456
Andante
Allegro vivace

Alice Zhang 16 years old from Vernon Hills, IL
Mozart Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, K. 271
Andantino
Rondo: Presto
Meet and Greet the Contestants Reception in Lower Miller Lobby

Saturday, July 15, 2017
11:00am-2:00pm Raku Extravaganza with Wayne Higby
"Hair Pin Turn” above Miller Theater (Free Event)
Weather Permitting
7:30 Gala Concert: Festival Orchestra
(Tickets Required)
The MostArts Festival Orchestra featuring Clarinetist, Camila Barrientos Ossio
Yuval Zaliouk, Conductor
Lisa Lantz, Conductor
Mozart Symphony No. 1 
Weber Clarinet Concertino Op. 26 
Beethoven Symphony No. 3
Awards Announcements and Presentations to the Young Artists Piano Competition Winners Gala Reception with Food and Wine in Ade Hall located across the street. The public is invited to meet and greet with the artists.

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.


1st Violin

Ricardo Amador
Augusto Diemecke
Blanca Cecilia González
Sho Omagari
Sonsoles Llodrá
Curtis Stewart
Amanda Lo
Yuan Yuan
Lisa Lantz

2nd Violin

Debrah Devine
Noemi Miloradovic
Yulin Liu
Jeffery King
Margot Mezvinsky
Luis Enrique Casal

Viola

Nicole Wright
Samuel Marchan
Steven Thomas
Kristin Gomez

Cello

Bryan Eckenrode
Rintaro Wada
Zachary Sweet
Amanda Gookin

Bass

Kathleen Horvath
Bliss Michelson
Spencer Phillips

Flute

Jeanne Sperber
Laura Campbell

Oboe

Stuart Breczinski
Peggy Wiltrout

Clarinet

Camila Barrientos Ossio
Georgiy Borisov

Bassoon

Yuki Higashi
Nanci Belmont

Horn

Jessica Santiago
Terry Martens
Claire McKenney
Heidi Oros

Tuba

Dave Unland

Trombone

Michael Poole

Trumpet

Bruno Lourensetto
Christopher Foster

Timpani

Jerome Neuhoff
Emily Ickes Jackson

Harp

Nancy Lendrim

Piano

Angelin Chang
Lucy Mauro
Kurt Eric Galván
Anthony Pattin

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