The prizes and awards for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in 2015 are:
FIRST PRIZE: Alim Beisembayev, Kazakhstan, 17
$10,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship
SECOND PRIZE: Arsenii Mun, Russia, 16
$5,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship
THIRD PRIZE: Youlan Ji, China, 16
$2,500 cash plus $2,000 scholarship
A portion of the prize ($2,000 for each of the three finalists, as noted above) 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.
All three top prizes include community residency and mentorship opportunities with the Cliburn.
AUDIENCE AWARD**: Misha Galant, United States, 17
$1,000 cash………awarded by Esther and Will A. Courtney
BEST PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSICAL SONATA: Misha Galant, United States, 17
$500 cash………awarded by Dr. and Mrs. John Paul Wood
BEST PERFORMANCE OF A LYRICAL WORK: Adam Balogh, Hungary, 17
$500 cash………awarded by Francine R. Manilow
JURY DISCRETIONARY AWARDS (2): Clayton Stephenson, United States, 16; Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 16
$1,000 cash each………awarded by Patricia A. Steffen
*Competitors who won top prizes were not eligible to win special awards.
**The winner of the Audience Award was determined by online audience vote. The public voted at Cliburn.org once per day for any competitor still active in the Competition.