The Cliburn

2015 Junior Competition Rules and Requirements


  1. The inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition will be held on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas from June 21 to June 28, 2015. Competitors will be required to be present for the opening events on June 20, 2015.
  2. All competitors invited to the Competition and Festival will be provided one complimentary, economy-class round-trip plane ticket to Fort Worth from their place of residence.
  3. All competitors will be given complimentary housing on the campus of TCU between June 19 and June 29, 2015. Meals, practice facilities, and ground transportation to all Cliburn events will be provided. Competitors will be responsible for their own accommodations on any days falling outside of this time period. Competitors who do not pass onto the Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Final Rounds are strongly encouraged to stay until the end of the event. Any cost incurred by changing dates of travel will be at the competitor’s expense.
  4. In some cases, foreign competitors will need visas and will be responsible for securing them. The Cliburn will assist as needed after competitors are announced.
  5. In addition to Competition rounds, the Cliburn will organize several performance, learning, and social opportunities for competitors, including public recitals, chamber music readings, panels, and symposia. All competitors are expected to attend and participate in these events.


April 1, 2014                     Online applications available
January 9, 2015                Applications due
March 6, 2015                  Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance
March 12, 2015                Competitors announced
May 1, 2015                      Last day to make repertoire changes
June 20, 2015                   Competitor orientation and draw party
June 21, 2015                   Competition begins
June 28, 2015                   Awards Ceremony


The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival is open to pianists of all nationalities. Applicants must have been born on or between June 28, 1997, and before June 21, 2002.


  1. All applications must be completed and submitted through the online system via
  2. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST / GMT-6 on Friday, January 9, 2015. No late applications will be accepted.
  3. All applicants must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $125 US, payable through the online application system.
  4. An acknowledgment will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed online application. You will not be allowed to submit unless all information is complete.
  5. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and treated as confidential. The Cliburn reserves the right to request additional information from or about an applicant.
  6. All applicants should retain copies of their submitted applications. The Cliburn will accept no responsibility for applications not received.


  1. Competitors may not have any other commitments during the time of the Competition and Festival. All competitors must remain in Fort Worth as long as they are still participating in the Competition.
  2. The Competition will consist of four separate elimination rounds: Preliminary, Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Final. All rounds will be open to the public and will be webcast live.
  3. Twenty-four applicants will be invited to compete. The jury will not advance more than 12 pianists to the Quarterfinal Round, more than 6 to the Semifinal Round, or more than 3 to the Final Round.
  4. The order of appearance of pianists in the Preliminary Round will be determined by drawing. The Competition will follow this order except for reasons of accident, illness, or other unusual circumstances, at the discretion of the president and CEO of the Cliburn. The order of appearance in the Final Round will depend on program content and administrative requirements, as determined by the Cliburn.
  5. Pianists may not contact or speak privately with any member of the jury for as long as they continue to participate in the Competition. Any violation of this rule may disqualify the pianist.


  1. The prizes and awards specified on the Cliburn website will constitute the only prizes and awards of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival. No other prizes, awards, or remunerations will be 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.
  3. A portion of the prize is related to furthering musical advancement. If one or any of the top three prizewinners does not make a suitable proposal for the use of the scholarship money within one year of the Competition, that winner forfeits this portion of the prize, at the discretion of the president and CEO of the Cliburn.


  1. Applicant shall not commit any act or do anything which might tend to bring Applicant into public disrepute, contempt, scandal, or ridicule, or which might tend to reflect unfavorably on the Cliburn, or any sponsor, donor, or partner of the Cliburn. If at any time, Applicant is involved in any such situation or occurrence during the application process, the period between the selection of competitors and the Competition, and/or the Competition, the Cliburn has the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to disqualification from the Competition or revocation of any awards.
  2. All rounds of the Competition may be broadcast live or may be recorded and videotaped for subsequent broadcast, video, or audio recording use. All Competition and Festival events may be photographed. The Cliburn reserves the right duplicate, distribute, broadcast, display, and otherwise use all recordings, and the names and/or likenesses of all competitors, for any purposes on any platform, whether now known or yet devised. Neither the Cliburn, nor its assignees or licenses may be held liable for any payments to pianists arising out of materials derived from any Competition and Festival performances and/or events. Applicants are required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials to the Cliburn, its assignees, or licenses.
  3. All information contained in this document is correct at the time of publication. However, the Cliburn reserves the right to make any changes if circumstances dictate.


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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