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Maxine Park. (Courtesy photograph)

A news release from Alfred Park University:

Alfred University’s fifth annual MostArts Festival will kick off Sunday, July 8 and continue through the week, with noontime Chamber concerts Monday through Friday and evening concerts including the Young Pianist Competition in which 13-year-old Maxine Park of Hanover will compete with seven other finalists for a $10,000 Grand Prize.

Park is a student of renown pianist and teacher Mila Filatova, a graduate of the prestigious Sobinov Conservatory of Music, in Saratov, Russia. Filatova has performed on Russian television and radio, and has performed as a concert soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan chamber Ensemble and the Metropolitcan Wind Ensemble. She is the director of Mila Filatova’s Piano Academy, providing instruction in Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire, and Andover, Massachusetts.

Park is an 8th grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, and has received top prizes at numerous regional and international competitions, including the Chopin International Piano Competition, Paderewski International Competition, Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, New England Piano Teachers Association Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition, and New Hampshire Granite State Piano Competition in both solo and duet categories. Over the past two years, she has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the New York Concerto Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra as a guest artist in the 2016-2017 season.

She and other young musicians may be heard in solo performances on Wednesday, July 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Miller Theater on the Alfred University campus in Alfred, New York. These recitals are open to the public and offer the opportunity for the soloists to show off their virtuosic talents, as well as the poetic side of their artistry. The recitals are free of charge and open to the public.

Their final performances will take place on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 with the MostArts Festival Orchestra under the direction of Steve Thomas in the Miller Theater. On those two evenings, audience members may participate by voting for their favorite, which will then be announced at the Gala Concert on Saturday evening, July 14. Finalists will compete for nearly $20,000 in prizes and an opportunity to become a Young Steinway Artist, as well as receive an invitation to perform with the 2019 MostArts Festival Orchestra.

Additional MostArts events will include a July 14 public event of Raku potter firing with world-renowned  ceramic artist Wayne Higby. The festival also coincides with one-, two-, and four-week ceramic workshops on the Alfred University campus, led by internationally recognized artists. Additional one-day workshops of craft and art will include clay pottery, painting, drawing, gardening, cooking, music and creative writing.

For more information on MostArts, including a schedule of events visit: http://mostarts.alfred.edu.