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Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

June 19–25, 2016
Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA

“A celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what,” (The Boston Globe) the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (formerly the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™) is open to non-professional pianists age 35 and older who do not derive their principal source of income through piano performance or instruction. Established in 1999 as the first of its kind in the United States, the quadrennial festival promotes lifelong music-making as a vital part of daily life and draws more than 70 competitors.

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 and of sharing this passion with others of like mind.

The Amateur Competition Format

PRELIMINARY ROUND (June 19, 20)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
72 pianists, each performing a recital program of 8–10 minutes

QUARTERFINAL ROUND (June 21, 22)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
30 pianists, each performing a recital program of 15–18 minutes

SEMIFINAL ROUND (June 23)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
12 pianists, each performing a recital program of 25–28 minutes

FINAL ROUND (June 25)
Bass Performance Hall (4th & Commerce Street)
Six pianists, each performing one movement of a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, to be selected from the list found HERE.

Competition Rounds will be open to the public; tickets will go on sale in early 2016.


JURY AND ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist and major concert artist Olga Kern will serve as jury chairman, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform with each of the six finalists. Competition performances will be webcast live at Cliburn.org.

APPLICATIONS
The application deadline of March 1, 2016, has passed. Competitors will be announced April 1, 2016.

Competitors will be responsible for their own travel and housing arrangements. Practice facilities and instruments will be available for all competitors during the week of the Competition. Several social events, as well as opportunities for chamber music collaboration, community performances, and symposia, will be organized during the course of the Competition.

THANK YOU TO OUR INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS (in order of support):
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Steinway Hall – North Texas /  Houston
Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Alcon
BNSF Railway Foundation
Southwest Bank
Sundance Square
Fifth Avenue Foundation
Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Pinnacle Bank Texas

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.

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Governance

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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201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817.738.6536

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