The Cliburn

Cliburn Sessions

Live-Oak-Music-HallIt’s time for a classically alternative music scene.

Cliburn Sessions presents classically-trained artists in a very relaxed environment, where they are free to be casual, to blend genres, to interact with the audience. It’s an intimate, cool environment–and will open the door for even more great talent in Fort Worth. Many of the musicians may venture outside of the classical idiom during the course of the concert–into jazz, pop, world, alternative. In the hands of exceptional artists, good music is good music.

Cliburn Sessions is generously underwritten by The Trey Rickett Stites Fund of The Dallas Foundation.

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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