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Here’s what they’re saying about the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition:

“Forest Woman Competes in Amateur Piano Competition” (The News & Advance, July 19, 2016)

“Morganton Pianist a Finalist at Amateur Van Cliburn Competition” (WFAE-Charlotte/NPR, July 11, 2016)

“Periodontist Hammers Ophthalmologist at the Keyboard” (San Francisco Classical Voice, June 28, 2016)

“Calgary’s Thomas Yu Wins 2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition” (CBC Music, June 27, 2016)

Cliburn Amateur Competition Report (FW Weekly, June 26, 2016)

“Canadian Periodontist Thomas Yu Wins Cliburn Amateur Competition” (Star-Telegram, June 25, 2016)

“Critic: Cliburn Amateur Playing Strong Enough for Six-Way Tie” (Star-Telegram, June 25, 2016)

“Thomas Yu Wins Cliburn Amateur” (TheaterJones, June 25, 2016)

“Winners Announced at Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition” (The Dallas Morning News, June 25, 2016)

“For Cliburn Competitors, It’s Not About the Prize Money”
(Star-Telegram, June 25, 2016)

“Meet the Six Cliburn Amateur Finalists” (Star-Telegram, June 24, 2016)

“Passion for Piano Drives San Diegans to Cliburn Contest” (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 24, 2016)

“Six Pianists Move on to Final Round of Cliburn Amateur” (Star-Telegram, June 23, 2016)

“Local Pianist Advances in Cliburn Contest” (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 23, 2016)

“Encore! Damon Gupton Returns to Bass Hall to Conduct Cliburn Finals” (Star-Telegram, June 23, 2016)

“Pianists of Many Countries Show Fluency in Their Common Language” (Star-Telegram, June 22, 2016)

“Several Amateurs Stand Out in the Quarterfinals of the Cliburn” (Star-Telegram, June 21, 2016)

“Top Amateur Pianists Compete in the Cliburn”
(San Francisco Classical Voice, June 21, 2016)

Cliburn Amateur coverage (TheaterJones, June 19–25, 2016)

“Quarterfinalists Named in Cliburn Amateur Competition” (Star-Telegram, June 20, 2016)

“Monday Sessions of Cliburn Amateur Feature Wealth of Talent” (Star-Telegram, June 20, 2016)

“Cliburn Amateur Competition Starts Sunday with Few Surprises” (Star-Telegram, June 19, 2016)

“Oklahoma Oncology Professor to Put Skills as a Pianist to Test in Cliburn Competition” (The Oklahoman, June 19, 2016)

“People & Parties” (Knoxville News Sentinel, June 18, 2016)

“Two Utahns to Compete in International Piano Competition” (Deseret News, June 18, 2016)

The Cliburn Amateur Competition: Close to Home” (Art&Seek, June 17, 2016)

“What’s New and Notable at the 2016 Cliburn Amateur” (Star-Telegram, June 16, 2016)

“At the Piano with Cliburn Amateur Competitor Clark Vann Griffith” (Star-Telegram, June 16, 2016)

“Colorado Pianist Pursues Long-Deferred Dream” (Colorado Public Radio, June 14, 2016)

“Fifteen Years After ‘Olgamania,’ Olga Kern Returns to the Cliburn” (Star-Telegram, June 14, 2016)

“Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition Lives Up to Its International Label” (The Dallas Morning News, June 13, 2016)

“Alabama Power Atrium the Site of Classical Piano Concert” (Alabama News Center, June 9, 2016)

“A Pair of Pianists Compete in World’s Top Amateur Piano Competition” (The Columbian, June 5, 2016)

“Five Questions with Clark Vann Griffith”   (360 West, June 2016 issue)

“Mari Yoshihara Competes in International Amateur Piano Competition” (University of Hawaii News, May 13, 2016)

“First Baptist Church of Trussville’s Pianist Tapped for Cliburn Competition” (Trussville Tribune, April 22, 2016)

“Alabama Power’s ‘Piano Man’ Tapped for Cliburn Competition” (Alabama News Center, April 20, 2016)

“Manhasset Doctor Chosen for Cliburn International Piano Contest” (Newsday, March 31, 2016)

“Cliburn Announces Competitors for 2016 Amateur Competition” (Star-Telegram, March 31, 2016)

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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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