The winners of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition are:
RICHARD RODZINSKI FIRST PRIZE: Thomas Yu, 38, periodontist (Canada)
$2,000 cash, plus 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)
THIRD PRIZE*: Xavier Aymonod, 40, strategy consultant (France)
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)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A WORK FROM THE BAROQUE ERA*: Clark Vann Griffith, 52, retired database programmer (United States)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A WORK FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA*: Ken Iisaka, 47, software engineer (Japan/Canada)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A WORK FROM THE ROMANTIC ERA*: Matthias Fischer, 42, physician (Germany)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A POST-ROMANTIC WORK*: Jasmin Tiodang, 44, stay-at-home mother (Indonesia)
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, TheaterJones, Clavier Companion, and WRR 101.1.