The Cliburn


  • 2017 Cliburn Competition in Cinemas

    The stunning conclusion of the 2017 Cliburn Competition will be seen in movie theaters nationwide, live and in HD!

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  • Tickets for the 2017 Cliburn Competition

    Full and Individual Round subscriptions for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition are available now!   May 25–June 10, 2017 Bass Performance Hall Fort Worth, Texas USA   Be there in person to cheer on your favorites and to experience the glory, the drama, the exhilaration of exceptional live performance. There are three great ways to […]

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  • The Cliburn in the News

    Learn about our international reach and reputation in the cover story of International Arts Manager.

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  • Screening Auditions Blog 5—New York and Fort Worth

    New York to Fort Worth We had a snow day in the middle of our Screening Auditions in New York, thanks to a serious winter storm that closed our venue. So we had to shuffle the auditions schedule, but fortunately every pianist was able to perform! As we began the last group of auditions in […]

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  • Screening Auditions Blog

    Follow along as Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis blogs from the Screening Auditions on three continents.

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  • Screening Auditions Blog 4 — Moscow and Seoul

    On the flight home from Seoul This last part of our screening tour finished with a lot of traveling and time changes. We left Budapest for Moscow and were happy to be in another mythic building: the Moscow Conservatory, where Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958. The conservatory is under major renovation, and […]

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  • Screening Auditions Blog 3 — Budapest

    Budapest, Hungary This was the first time we have held Cliburn Screening Auditions in Budapest, and we liked it very much. First, the auditions were at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, which is a mythic venue for all pianists. And the city itself is beautiful (do I have to mention that Budapest is one of Fort […]

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  • Screening Auditions Blog 2 — Hannover

    Hannover, Germany This journey to find the 30 candidates for the next Cliburn Competition is really on its way. So far, we have listened to 46 candidates (in London and Hannover), and we’ve already heard a lot of repertoire (Schumann is especially popular this year). To go through the Cliburn, you need a lot of […]

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  • Screening Auditions Blog 1 — London

    London, England Hello, everyone. I am delighted once again to have the opportunity to share with you the Cliburn Competition Screening Auditions live tour! Over the next six weeks, we will listen to 146 pianists from 28 countries in order to choose the 30 pianists who will come to Fort Worth next May to compete […]

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  • Record Number of Entries

    Two-hundred and ninety applications representing 43 nations have been received from pianists for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25–June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas USA. Approximately 140 prospective competitors will be chosen to move on to the Screening Auditions, where they will each play a 40-minute recital. The Screening […]

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  • See the Schedule

    The 2017 Competition will take place from May 25–June 10, 2017 at Bass Performance Hall.

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  • Amateur Competition Makes Headlines

    The event––and winner Thomas Yu––garnered publicity from around the world.

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  • Cliburn in the Community

    Tomoki Sakata, 2013 Cliburn Competition finalist, recently gave three public recitals in Fort Worth.

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  • 2017 Competition Major Elements Announced

    The jury, artistic collaborators, rounds and repertoire, and composer for the 2017 Cliburn Competition have been announced.

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  • Junior Competition Winners Announced

    The prizes and awards for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in 2015 are: Top Prizes 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 […]

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  • Junior Competition Performance Order Announced

    The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival welcomed 23 young pianists from around the world to the Opening Dinner and Draw Party Saturday evening at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Each competitor’s name was drawn randomly, where upon each pianist got to choose his or […]

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  • Junior Piano Competition Just Around The Corner

      Our first-ever Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, June 21-28, 2015, is  just weeks away! We hope many of you will be able to experience the brilliance of these 24 young artists, aged 13-17, from around the world in person at PepsiCo Recital Hall and Ed Landreth Auditorium on the beautiful campus of TCU. In […]

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  • New National PBS Air Date for Virtuosity

    Virtuosity, the story of the Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson, will air nationally on PBS on  July 31, 2015  at 9 p.m. ET. Be sure to check your local listing for specific times. You won’t want to miss the inspiring and courageous journey taken by some of the most gifted young artists […]

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  • 2015–2016 Cliburn Concert Subscriptions On Sale Now

    Join us for Cliburn Concerts, the premier recital series of DFW, where we take the world’s finest artists and carefully match them with the city’s finest venues. The result is pure, inspired music-making. Cliburn at the Bass pairing the world’s top classical musicians with an acoustically-rich landmark performance hall. Tuesday, October 6, 2015—Marc-André Hamelin, piano Tuesday, January 19, […]

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  • Cliburn Live: John Giordano Tribute Concert Now On-Demand

      Watch Cliburn LIVE: John Giordano Tribute Concert on-demand at our Cliburn YouTube channel. The one-night-only event on April 7, 2015, honored the Cliburn Competition jury chairman from 1973 to 2013, with seven Cliburn winners playing on the same stage. Performers included Haochen Zhang, 2009 gold; Joyce Yang, 2005 silver; Stanislav Ioudenitch, 2001 gold; Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 gold; Simone […]

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  • 24 Competitors Announced for Junior Piano Competition

    The Cliburn is proud to announce the 24 competitors selected to participate in the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 21–28, 2015, on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The 2015 Cliburn Junior Competition competitors hail from all over the world, representing 14 countries: Canada, China, Germany, Hong […]

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  • Applications Now Available for Amateur Competition

    Applications for the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, due March 1, 2016, are online now at “A celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what,” (The Boston Globe) the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (formerly the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™) is open to non-professional pianists age 35 […]

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  • Inaugural Cliburn Festival was a “Distinct Success”

    Thank you to those who were able to attend the inaugural Cliburn Festival this month!  The Festival is a new annual initiative designed to examine different perspectives in music—such as the work of a singular composer, the music of a particular moment in history, or a significant stylistic movement. To launch the inaugural Festival, we celebrated the works […]

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  • 160 Pianists Apply for Inaugural Junior Competition

    A total of 160 pianists, age 13 to 17, from around the world have submitted applications to compete in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 21–28, 2015, on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Countries represented include: Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hong […]

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  • The Cliburn Offices have Moved to Downtown Fort Worth

    We are now up and running on the ground floor of the Wells Fargo Tower in Sundance Square (the glass tower on the left in the photo above). Our new address is 201 Main Street, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102, and our phone number has stayed the same (817.738.6536). Please feel free to stop […]

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  • 2013 Cliburn Competition Winners Update

    The 2013 winners are on the road this fall, launching their second season as Cliburn artists. Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko began his artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra this fall with performances of the Prokofiev Second Concerto. This three-year collaboration will feature performances and recordings of all five Prokofiev concertos, as well as chamber projects […]

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  • World Premiere of New Cliburn Documentary Announced

    The Cliburn, Lone Star Film Festival, and Performing Arts Fort Worth will present the world premiere of Virtuosity, the story of the Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson, for free at Bass Performance Hall on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. In a special partnership among the three organizations, the […]

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  • Leonard Slatkin Named 2017 Cliburn Competition Jury Chairman

    Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis has announced that Leonard Slatkin will be the jury chairman for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25–June 10, 2017. One of America’s most distinguished conductors, Slatkin currently serves as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. In addition […]

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  • Cliburn to Webcast Select Cliburn Concerts

    This season, for the first time ever, the Cliburn will present live webcasts of select Cliburn Concerts.

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  • Amateur Video Contest Winner Announced

    Alfredo Garcia, Jr., a 60-year-old senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, has won the 2014 Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest.

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  • John Giordano steps down as jury chairman

    Tribute concert planned for April 7, 2015 featuring seven gold medalists and one silver medalist at Bass Hall.

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  • Vadym Kholodenko named FWSO Artistic Partner

    The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has formed its first-ever “artistic partnership” with 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko, which will feature several joint performances over the next three concert seasons (including the complete cycle of five Prokofiev piano concertos) and a professional recording on the harmonia mundi international label. “I have been searching for more […]

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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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