The Cliburn


gala-introThe Cliburn has hosted a variety of fundraising events to support its programs and operations since 1961. The first, a benefit concert featuring a recital by Van Cliburn, was held on March 27 of that year and raised the additional funds needed to support the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.Since then, the Cliburn has held annual Gala fundraisers that, thanks to the generous support of patrons like you, continue to help sustain the Cliburn’s many programs. Featuring engaging themes and lively entertainment, the annual Gala is hosted at a distinctly Fort Worth venue every year, highlighting the Cliburn’s commitment and deep ties to the local community.

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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