Young Pianist Competition

Open to high school students ages 13-18, all finalists in the Young Pianist Competition perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra. Cash and performance prizes are also awarded.

2018 FinalistsPrizes & Performance Awards

  • First Prize $10,000
  • Second Prize $5,000
  • Third Prize $2,500

The Grand Prize Winner of the MostArts Festival Young Pianist Competition will be invited back to Alfred University for a solo recital during the MostArts Festival the following season.

The Grand Prize Winner will also be eligible to become a "Young Steinway Artist."


Entries for the 2019 Young Pianist Competition have closed as of April 5, 2019.

Congratulations to our 2018 winners!

  • 1st Prize $10,000 was awarded to Christopher Zandieh, 13 years old from Syosset, NY
    • Christopher will open the Gala Concert July 7, 2019 and perform a concerto with the Festival Orchestra and is eligible to become a Steinway's Young Artist
  • 2nd Prize and $5,000 was awarded to Christian Chiu, 15 years old from Pittsburg, PA
  • 3rd Prize and $2,500 was awarded to Perren-Luc Thiessen. McKinney, TX
The Audience Favorite Awards for the most moving Mozart Concerto performance:
  • Thursday evening's $500 award goes to Ashley Kim, Wilmette, IL
  • Friday evening's $500 award goes to Christopher Zandieh, Syosset, NY

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Lisa Lantz
Artistic Director
MostArts Festival
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Alfred, NY 14802



The MostArts Festival Young Pianist Competition is open to high school pianists ages 13-18 as of the competition date. Applicants must not be under professional management.

Application Regulations and Instructions

  1. 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 online. Please print out the application form or apply online.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants must submit their respective Mozart Concerto recording with piano accompaniment or with an Orchestra.
  4. All applications and recordings must be postmarked by April 5, 2019.
  5. Recordings must be labeled with applicants name and repertoire along with respective timings of each composition.
  6. Recordings will not be returned.
  7. No changes in repertoire will be permitted past the deadline date of April 5, 2019.
  8. All applicants will be notified by mid- to late-April.
  9. Finalists will be sent further instructions.
  1. The Second and Third Movements of any Mozart Piano Concerto with cadenza.
  2. 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.
  3. Compositions for "prepared piano" are not permitted.
  4. All music must be performed by memory for the preliminary/DVD and final round.
  5. Finalists should be prepared to perform all submitted repertoire in concert at the time of competition.
  1. Housing will be provided for all finalists and their escorts. These accommodations will include dormitory style rooms and meals on campus.
  2. The contestants will have access to good pianos for practice in the Miller Performing Arts Center.
  3. The decision of the judges is final.
  4. The MostArts Festival assumes no responsibility for injuries sustained by the contestant or their escorts during their stay at the festival.
  5. The MostArts Festival reserves the right to use any photographs from the festival competition. There will be a professional photographer present.
  6. The MostArts Festival reserves the right to use any recordings from the competition.
  7. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Lantz, Artistic Director.

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