The Cliburn

Van Cliburn Memorial Concert

A special tribute concert will be held in honor of our inspiration and namesake, Van Cliburn, in Sundance Sqaure Plaza on February 27. Attend in person for free or watch live online.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Sundance Square Plaza
Free and open to the public
Streamed LIVE at

Featuring recitals by (in performance order, times are approximate):

5:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks

5:06 p.m.  Yakov Kasman, 1997 silver medalist
RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 36 (1913)

5:33 p.m.  Simone Pedroni, 1993 gold medalist
WILLIAMS Suite from Lincoln
LISZT Funerailles

6:03 p.m.  Steven Lin, 2013 jury discretionary award winner
DEBUSSY Menuet and Clair de lune (from Suite bergamasque)
MENDELSSOHN Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, op. 28

6:30 p.m.  Maxim Philippov, 2001 silver medalist
SCHUMANN Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, op. 11

7:02 p.m.  Alexey Koltakov, 2005 finalist
LISZT Après une lecture du Dante

7:25 p.m.  José Feghali, 1985 gold medalist
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, op. 15
BACH-HESS Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

7:55 p.m.  Antonio Pompa-Baldi, 2001 silver medalist
LISZT Ballade No. 2 in B Minor
POULENC Les chemins de l’amour
LISZT Paraphrase on Verdi’s “Ernani”

8:17 p.m.  Alexander Kobrin, 2005 gold medalist
TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from The Seasons, op. 37b

“Van was a member of the Fort Worth community who belonged to the world,” said Carla Thompson, Cliburn chairman of the board. “The Cliburn Board of Directors is hosting this event to celebrate his incomparable life and indelible spirit, not only for those attending the concert in person, but for all of his admirers and friends around the globe. Anyone can join us online for the live streaming-a true international memorial.”

“Van believed strongly in the encouragement of young talent, and the artists that will play each personally benefited from his inspiration,” said Jacques Marquis, president and CEO of the Cliburn. “He also had a lifelong commitment to sharing music with as many people as possible, so the partnership with Sundance Square to hold this event in their magnificent, public space is perfect.”

Special thanks to Sundance Square, the Star-Telegram, Steinway Hall Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Pressman Printing, and Jim Irwin Florist for their partnership on this special concert.

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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