The Cliburn hosted a dynamic multi-camera live webcast of the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 24-June 9, 2013, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall. Available at media.cliburn.org, the webcast brought the Competition to life around the world in real time with over 110 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and awards ceremonies over the 17-day period to 155 countries and over 500,000 people. It also included hours of other compelling material, including symposia, competitor profiles, special tributes to Van Cliburn, taped interviews, featurettes on the many aspects of the Competition (including its 1,200 volunteer force), and other behind-the-scenes glimpses.
Other online features allowed viewers to make comments and submit questions to the Cliburn team and webcast host; vote for their favorite competitors, which resulted in an Audience Award given during the Final Awards ceremony; and view most footage and segments on demand.
The full production team was led by Christopher Wilkinson (director) and Lori Miller (producer), and pianist Jade Simmons served as webcast host.
Christopher Wilkinson, director, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Nixon (Touchstone). His writing credits include Ali (Columbia) and Copying Beethoven (SKE/Myriad), which he also produced. He is currently working on Mercury (GK Films/Paramount), which begins shooting in London this fall. Wilkinson has directed three second units, shooting principal sequences of The River (Universal), Intersection (Paramount), and For the Boys (Fox) on which he also served as a producer. Before working on feature films, he wrote, produced, and directed commercials and documentaries for EUE/Screen Gems, PBS, CBS Sports, and ESPN. His documentaries have won awards at the Chicago International Film Festival, The International Film Festival of New York, and CINE.
Lori Miller, producer, created and produced the multi-award-winning and New York Times Critics Pick documentary They Came to Play, which tells the inspirational stories of the participants in the Cliburn’s 2007 International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™. She just completed Shakespeare High, also an award-winning documentary about under-served teens in California whose immersion in arts education compels them to overcome difficulties and create better lives. Featuring Kevin Spacey and Richard Dreyfuss, the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, and on Showtime. Ms. Miller has also produced several independent features including: Panic, starring William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland (Sundance Film Festival, HBO, and theatrical release); The Last Supper, starring Cameron Diaz and Bill Paxton (Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, Sony); Perfect Opposites, starring Piper Perabo and Jennifer Tilly (USA Network); and Campfire Tales, starring Ron Livingston and Christine Taylor (New Line).
Jade Simmons, webcast host, is one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today–a powerful combination of passion and innovation. Essence magazine featured her alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas on their first Style & Substance List. Additionally, she has been recognized by Symphony and Ebony magazines, named Houston’s Best Arts Ambassador, and affectionately labeled Classical Music’s “No.1 Maverick” by arts journalist Greg Sandow. Simmons’ commitment to expanding the boundaries of classical music and its presentation began during her tenure as inaugural New Music/New Places Fellow for the prestigious Concert Artist Guild organization. Today, she offers a diverse mix of repertoire from the classics to the cutting edge, and audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances. Her multiple talents take her in the direction of webcast host, arts presenter, Huffington Post arts writer, and lecturer and creator of Emerge Already!,a career-building platform for emerging artists. To learn more, visit jademedia.org.
The Cliburn appreciates the support of the Fourteenth Competition Media Project from: Alcon, Forestar Oil & Gas, Jane and John Justin Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Burnett Foundation, and the Woodward Family Foundation.