The Cliburn

Fourteenth Cliburn Competition (2013)

Cliburn FinalFourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
May 24-June 9, 2013
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA

Vadym Kholodenko (Ukraine), gold medal
Beatrice Rana (Italy), silver medal
Sean Chen (United States), crystal award

Thirty competitors, ranging in age from 19 to 30, represented 13 nations: the United States (7), Italy (6), Russia (5), China (3), Ukraine (2), Australia, Chile, France, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Beyond the over 40,000 who enjoyed performances in person during the 17-day Competition, the fully-produced webcast streamed over 13 million minutes of video to more than 170,000 unique viewers in 155 countries.

In the Preliminary Round, held May 24-30, each of 30 competitors played two 45-minute recitals; then the jury narrowed the field to 12. In the Semifinal Round, June 1-4, each of 12 competitors played two programs: a one-hour recital that included a new work by American composer Christopher Theofanidis commissioned by the Cliburn, and a piano quintet with the Brentano Quartet, making its Cliburn Competition debut.

At the end of the Semifinal Round, the jury chose six competitors to advance to the Final Round, which ran June 6-9. Each finalist performed two concerti of his or her choice with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which has been part of every Competition since the first in 1962, and acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin, making his Cliburn Competition debut.

Van Cliburn, the Competition’s inspiration and namesake, passed away on February 27, 2013. The Fourteenth Competition was dedicated to Mr. Cliburn, as a tribute to his devotion to young artists, and his belief in the transformative powers of music.

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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