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2016 Amateur Competition Rules & Requirements

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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


  1. Applicants should be those who play piano for pleasure and dedication to the instrument and its repertoire. They may not perform, teach, or compose piano music primarily for professional pursuits or financial benefit. All decisions of eligibility by the Cliburn are final.
  1. Applicants must be age 35 or over by June 19, 2015.
  2. Previous first-prize winners of the Amateur Competition are not eligible.



  1. The Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition was held at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall from June 19 to June 25, 2016. Competitors were required to be present for the opening reception on June 18, 2016.
  2. Competitors were responsible for their own travel and housing. Practice facilities and instruments were available for all competitors during the week of the competitions.
  3. Competitors were required to pay a $120 fee to cover the cost of special events.
  4. In some cases, foreign competitors needed visas, and were responsible for securing them. The Cliburn assisted as needed after competitors were announced.
  5. In addition to competition rounds, the Cliburn organized several performance and social opportunities, including public recitals, chamber music readings, and symposia.



March 19, 2015       Online applications available

March 1, 2016         Applications due

April 1, 2016            Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance



  1. All applications must have been completed and submitted through the online system via
  2. All applications were due by 11:59 CST / GMT-6 on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
  3. All applicants submitted a nonrefundable application fee of $100 US, payable through the online application system.
  4. An acknowledgment was sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed online application.
  5. All applications were reviewed by a selection committee and treated as confidential. The Cliburn reserved the right to request additional information from or about an applicant.
  6. All applicants should retain copies of their submitted applications. The Cliburn accepted no responsibility for applications not received.



  1. The prizes and awards specified on the Cliburn website constituted the only prizes and awards of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition. No other prizes, awards, or remunerations were permitted, except by express decision of the Cliburn.
  2. Taxes will be deducted from prizes according to United States tax laws in effect at the time of the Competition.

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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