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. 

Priority Presenters

The following is a list of those engagements offered in principle to prizewinners of the Fifteenth Competition (as of March 24, 2017):

Recital and chamber music:
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson, AZ
ARTS San Antonio, TX
Banners at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville, FL
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Carmel Music Society, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Central Texas Orchestral Society, Temple, TX
Charlotte Concerts, Charlotte, NC
Minnesota State University Moorhead Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series, Moorhead, MN
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Fine Arts Programming, St. Joseph, MN
Community Series-Texoma Concerts, Sherman, TX
Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society, TX
CU Presents, Boulder, CO
El Camino College, Torrance, CA
Fredericksburg Music Club, Fredericksburg, TX
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Georgetown Symphony Society, Georgetown, TX
Hattie Bishop Speed Series, Louisville, KY
Humboldt State University CenterArts, Arcata, CA
Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Huntsville, AL
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
Ithica College Rachel S. Thaler Piano Series, Ithica, NY
Kahilu Theater, Waimea, HI
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, CA
Lied Center of Kansas-University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Los Alamos Concert Association, NM
Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Findlay, OH
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, HI
Millersville University, Millersville, PA
Chapman University Musco Center for the Arts, Orange, CA
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Chicago, IL
Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, Malibu, CA
Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts, Fresno, CA
Portland Piano International SOLO Piano Series, Portland, OR
Rockport Music, Rockport, MA
Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, CO
Sanford-Hill Piano Series at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, AZ
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Destin, FL
Society for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX
Soka Performing Arts Center, Soka University of Ameria, Aliso Viejo, CA
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Alto, NM
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Atlanta, GA
Steinway Society the Bay Area, San Jose, CA
Temple Symphony Orchestra, Temple, TX
Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Killeen, TX
University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI
University of Louisville School of Music, KY
University of Nebraska Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE
University of New Orleans Musical Excursions, LA
University of Washington Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle, WA
University of Vermont Lane Series, Burlington, VT
Washington Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, TX
Amarillo Symphony, Inc., TX
Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, CA
Hudson Valley Philharmonic/Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY
Big Spring Symphony Orchestra, TX
Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, College Station, TX
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association, TX
Greenville Symphony Orchestra, SC
Pacific Symphony, CA
Quad City Symphony Orchestra, IA
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, NY
Roswell Symphony Orchestra, NM
San Angelo Symphony Society, TX
San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, TX
Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, TX
Victoria Symphony Orchestra, TX
Waco Symphony Association, Inc., TX
Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, TX

Festival appearances:
Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, Aspen, CO
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival, Brevard, NC
Grand Teton Music Festival, Jackson Hole, WY
International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival, Fort Collins, CO
Oregon Music Festival, Portland, OR
Sanibel Music Festival, FL
Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO
Sunriver Music Festival, Bend, OR
Wassermann Festival, Logan, UT

International engagements:
BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
University of Winnipeg Virtuosi Series, Manitoba, Canada
Vancouver Recital Society, British Columbia, Canada
Kajimoto tour of China
National Orchestra of Cuba
Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Heidelberg Frühling International Music Festival, Germany
Leipzig Gewandhaus, Germany
Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Germany
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Al Bustan Fesitval, Lebanon
Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, Poland
Fundación Excelentia, Madrid, Spain
Helsingborg Piano Festival, Sweden
Istanbul Music Festival, Turkey
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Oxford Philharmonic, London, England, UK

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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