The Cliburn

International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs

The seventh Amateur Competition will occur in summer 2016. Details will be announced before summer 2015.

Established in 1999, the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™ was the first of its kind in the United States and celebrates the importance of music-making as a vital part of daily life. The competition is open to pianists age 35 and older who do not derive their principal source of income through piano performance or instruction. Over the course of the week, these talented musicians compete in three elimination rounds, have opportunities to explore chamber music with professional musicians, and participate in symposia and other social events.

Many past Amateur Competition participants have, at one time in their lives, received advanced piano degrees; others have never studied the piano professionally. Amateur Competition prizes have been awarded both to those with extensive public performing experience, as well as to those who have spent many hours playing mostly for their own enjoyment or for the pleasure of friends, family, and their local community. All, however, are united by their love of classical music-making and sharing this passion with others of like mind.

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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