The Cliburn announced on January 28, 2014 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 Piano 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.”
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 12, 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 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.