The Cliburn announced on January 28, 2013 that it will launch a brand new program in 2015 — a competition and festival for 13 to 17-year-old pianists. The First Cliburn International Junior Competition and Festival will take place June 21-28, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas in Ed Landreth Auditorium and PepsiCo Hall on the campus of TCU. 1997 Cliburn Gold Medalist, in-demand touring artist, and esteemed adjudicator Jon Nakamatsu will serve as jury chairman, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform with each of three finalists under the baton of dynamic conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Competition performances will be webcast live at Cliburn.org.
“This will be a competition that will help us establish relationships with the top international talent at an earlier age,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO, “but, just as importantly, this will be another means for the Cliburn to use its standing and expertise to encourage tomorrow’s great artists. We are providing a valuable forum for them to express themselves and an entrance to the next step of their journeys. The top international jurors, the media and webcast, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the festival atmosphere — which will include performance experience and professional career advice — all make the Competition and Festival significantly useful for a student who has aspirations of being a professional musician.”
Applications for the Junior Competition, as well as full requirements for candidates, will be available at Cliburn.org beginning April 1, 2014, and will be due January 9, 2015. Applicants must have been born between June 28, 1997, and June 20, 2002.
A screening jury will select 24 competitors through online applications and video submissions, which will be 15 to 20 minutes in length and include one étude, one movement of a Classical sonata, and one expressive Romantic work. (Works performed in screening videos can be repeated during Competition rounds, but no works can be repeated within Competition rounds.) Competitors will be announced to the public on March 20, 2015.
The competitors will be housed on campus at TCU for the duration of the Competition and Festival. The Cliburn’s distinctive and dedicated volunteer force will support the event in areas such as hospitality, transportation, publicity, ushering, and gift shop–including a significant commitment of time from the Junior League of Fort Worth, the Cliburn’s partner since 1966.
The first prize winner will receive a cash award of $10,000; second prize is $5,000; and third prize is $2,500. All three top prizes will also include community residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn.
The Cliburn will offer a variety of events aimed at the artistic advancement of the competitors and other pianists—seminars, symposia, chamber music collaboration, and more—as well as at sharing the gifts of elite young pianists with the community, through free recitals across Fort Worth. Schedule to be announced in 2015.
For questions concerning repertoire and eligibility, contact Sandra Doan, director of artistic planning, at email@example.com.