Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is an American piano competition, first held in 1962 in Fort Worth, Texas and hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation. Initially held at Texas Christian University, the competition has been held at the Bass Performance Hall since 2001. The competition is named in honour of Van Cliburn, who had won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition, in 1958.[1]

The Van Cliburn Competition is held every four years, in the year after the United States presidential elections.[2] The winners and runners-up receive substantial cash prizes, plus concert tours at world-famous venues where they perform pieces of their choice.[3] Whilst Cliburn was alive, he did not serve as a judge in the competition, provide financial support, or work in its operations.[4] However, he attended performances by competitors regularly and greeted them afterwards on occasion.[5]

Contestants draw lots for their performing place in the competition.[6] The competition began on-line audio streaming of the performances in 1997.[5] In 2009, the competition webcast all of the performances live for the first time in its history.[7]

Top prize winners[edit]

The competition consists up to three full recital programs, new work performance, chamber music, and two concertos for each competitor.

Winners of the top prize awarded in the given year (linking to the article about the given competition):

14 2013 Vadym Kholodenko
13 2009 Nobuyuki Tsujii and Haochen Zhang (tie)
12 2005 Alexander Kobrin
11 2001 Stanislav Ioudenitch and Olga Kern (tie)
10 1997 Jon Nakamatsu
9 1993 Simone Pedroni
8 1989 Alexei Sultanov
7 1985 José Feghali
6 1981 Andre-Michel Schub
5 1977 Steven De Groote
4 1973 Vladimir Viardo
3 1969 Cristina Ortiz
2 1966 Radu Lupu
1 1962 Ralph Votapek

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anthony Tommasini (2013-02-27). "Van Cliburn, Cold War Musical Envoy, Dies at 78". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  2. ^ Future competitions are scheduled thus for 2017, 2021 and so forth.
  3. ^ Bernard Holland (1989-06-13). "After the Cliburn: A Career Still to Be Built". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  4. ^ Bernard Holland (1989-03-27). "Van Cliburn: Man Behind the Contest". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ a b Christopher Kelly (2013-05-18). "With Cliburn Gone, Competition Tries to Adjust". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ Bernard Holland (2013-05-27). "Tensions on Eve of Cliburn Contest". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ Benjamin Ivry (2009-06-10). "What Was the Jury Thinking?". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 


Horowitz, Joseph (September 1990). The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1 ed.). Summit Books. 

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