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2016 Amateur Competition Prizes

June 18, 2016.  The winners of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition from left are third place Xavier Aymonod of France, first place Thomas Yu of Canada and second place Michael Slavin of the United States.  The presentation completed a finals day of concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Tx. (Photo Ralph Lauer)

The winners of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition are:

RICHARD RODZINSKI FIRST PRIZE: Thomas Yu, 38, periodontist (Canada)
$2,000 cash, p
lus a pair of tickets and Official Guest status for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
(
Funded by a generous gift to the Cliburn Endowment by Scott Cutler)


SECOND PRIZE*: Michael Slavin, 65, retired ophthalmologist (United States)
$1,500 cash


THIRD PRIZE*: Xavier Aymonod, 40, strategy consultant (France)
$1,000 cash

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

JURY DISCRETIONARY AWARDS (2)*Deirbhile Brennan, 46, accountant (Ireland) and Lana Marina, 47, stay-at-home mother (United States)
$500 cash each

CREATIVE PROGRAMMING AWARD*: Gregory Knight, 53, software engineer (United States)
$500 cash

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A WORK FROM THE BAROQUE ERA*: Clark Vann Griffith, 52, retired database programmer (United States)
$500 cash

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A WORK FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA*: Ken Iisaka, 47, software engineer (Japan/Canada)
$500 cash

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A WORK FROM THE ROMANTIC ERA*: Matthias Fischer, 42, physician (Germany)
$500 cash

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A POST-ROMANTIC WORK*: Jasmin Tiodang, 44, stay-at-home mother (Indonesia)
$500 cash

AUDIENCE AWARD**: Thomas Yu, 38, periodontist (Canada)
Pair of tickets to the Final Round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

PRESS AWARD***: Thomas Yu, 38, periodontist (Canada)
Western Prize Package (Cowboy hat provided by Overland Sheepskin Co.; Tickets from Billy Bob’s Texas; & Coffee-table book from the Sid Richardson Museum Shop)



*Cash awards generously provided by Eugenie Guynn.

**The winner of the Audience Award were determined by online audience vote. The public voted at Cliburn.org once per day for any competitor that was still active in the Competition.

*** The winner of the Press Award was determined by a vote by classical music journalists based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including: Star-Telegram, TheaterJonesClavier Companion, and WRR 101.1.

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