The Cliburn

2017 Winners Engagements

Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has remained committed not only to identifying young pianists who represent the highest in artistic achievement, but also to nurturing these artists and launching their careers. To this end, the Cliburn arranges for hundreds of recital, festival, and orchestra concert engagements across the United States for the winners in the three years following the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Medalists are available for solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts, as well as for master classes, outreach activities, and other education programs. The Cliburn provides full artist services, including publicity, programs, visas, and logistics support.

The Cliburn will be working in partnership with Keynote Artist Management to develop a comprehensive career mentorship program for the gold medalist. Keynote will also be booking and servicing engagements across Europe and Asia for the gold medalist of the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

Contact Sandra Doan at if you are interested in engaging a 2017 winner or for more information.

Pre-Engage a 2017 Winner

Prior to the Fifteenth Cliburn Competition, the Cliburn offers the opportunity to presenters to pre-engage a future Cliburn winner for the 2017–18, 2018–19, and/or 2019–20 seasons. All engagements are offered and accepted on an in-principle basis, providing you with a non-binding guarantee to engage a winner on a preferred date for a pre-determined fee while allowing the Cliburn to list the organization in its Competition program book and other materials as an in-principle presenter.

Immediately after the Competition, you will be contacted to determine whether or not you plan to contract one or more of the winners. Final approval of artists, dates, and repertoire rests with the Cliburn, the presenter, and the artist. It is understood that you retain the right to refuse any of the winners offered and are under no obligation to engage any Cliburn winner should mutual agreement not be reached. Similarly, the Cliburn will make every effort to meet each presenter’s request, but cannot guarantee specific winners, dates, or repertoire until after the Competition has ended.

The Cliburn also works directly with presenters who contact us after the Competition about engaging our winners even if an in-principle agreement does not exist. The simple advantage of signing up now is that it gives you priority in engaging a preferred winner with a preferred artist fee.

Promotional Support and Exposure

In addition to administrative services, the Cliburn is able to deliver promotional support through comprehensive media exposure for its winners:

Webcast. All performances will stream live in their entirety online and on mobile devices. The produced webcast will also feature behind-the-scenes access, VIP interviews, and special informative segments.

Online Content. Most webcast footage, including all performances, will be made available in perpetuity on the Cliburn’s website for on-demand viewing.

Film. A documentary will be produced to highlight the competitors and their stories, talents, and experiences in Fort Worth.

Radio. The performances of the Competition are syndicated nationally by American Public Media’s Performance Today in the weeks and years following—carried by 260 public radio stations and heard by approximately 1.3 million people each week. 

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Cliburn to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.



The Cliburn is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors, elected for a four year term. It is sustained by the generous support from individuals, foundations, corporations, the tireless efforts of volunteers, and embraced by the community of Fort Worth. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is a proud member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.


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