Following their September 6 concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the four gold medalists overlook the audience from the Bass Performance Hall balcony during the Van Cliburn Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration. Pictured left to right: André-Michel Schub (1981), Alexander Kobrin (2005), Haochen Zhang (2009), Ralph Votapek (1962). Photo credit: Rodger Mallison/Van Cliburn Foundation
Cliburn Concerts kicked off the season with a spectacular 50th Anniversary Gold Medalists Concert & Celebration on September 6, 2012, at Bass Performance Hall. Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance to thank supporters and was met with a prolonged standing ovation. Four Cliburn gold medalists -Ralph Votapek (1962), André-Michel Schub (1981), Alexander Kobrin (2005), and Haochen Zhang (2009 )-then joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya onstage for an extraordinary concert of concerti. Afterwards, patrons were invited outside for a festive street party. The celebration was capped off as the four soloists appeared on the balcony in a shower of confetti.