2020 CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR PIANO COMPETITION

for outstanding, non-professional pianists age 35 and older
MAY 24–30, 2020  •  FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Ralph Votapek, jury chairman
Damon Gupton, conductor

KEY DATES
February 22, 2019–Online applications open
January 16, 2020–Applications due
March 12, 2020–Competitors announced
May 24, 2020–Amateur Competition begins

The eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older, will take place May 24–30, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas, at Bass Performance Hall and Van Cliburn Recital Hall. Applicants must be at least 35 years of age as of May 24, 2020, and may not perform, teach, or compose piano music for their primary professional pursuit or financial benefit. Applications will open February 22, 2019, and are due January 16, 2020. 48 pianists will be selected as competitors. The competitors and festival participants will be announced March 12, 2020.

Ralph Votapek, gold medalist of the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962, will serve as jury chairman, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform with each of six finalists under the baton of acclaimed conductor Damon GuptonAll competition performances will be webcast live at Cliburn.org.

New this year, an additional 24 pianists will be selected as non-competing participants. They will play up to 15 minutes for comments from jurors and participate in other activities and festival events.

Inaugurated in 1999, the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition was the first event of its kind in the United States. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music no matter what,” it was established at the behest of the late Nela Rubinstein, wife of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The contest highlights the importance of music-making in everyday life and provides a forum for musicians age 35 and older who do not perform, teach, or compose piano music for their primary professional pursuit or financial benefit. The quadrennial competition brings together the best amateur pianists from around the world for seven days of performances, symposia, and social events.

ABOUT THE 2020 AMATEUR COMPETITION

ROUNDS &  REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

May 24–26, 2020- Preliminary Round (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)
48 competitors will each present a solo recital not to exceed 15 minutes in length, of repertoire of their choosing.

May 27–28, 2020- Semifinal Round (Van Cliburn Recital Hall)
20 competitors will each present a solo recital not to exceed 28 minutes in length, of repertoire of their choosing.

May 30, 2020- Final Round (Bass Performance Hall)
6 competitors will each perform one concerto movement, selected from the list below, with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Damon Gupton

BACH Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 (I, III)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15 (I, III)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 19 (I, III)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37 (I, III)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58 (III)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73 (III)
GRIEG Concerto in A Minor, op. 16 (I, III)
MENDELSSOHN Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25 (I, III)
MOZART Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271 (I, III)
MOZART Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 (I, III)
MOZART Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (I, III)
PROKOFIEV Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26 (I, II, III)
SCHUMANN Concerto in A Minor, op. 54 (I, III)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (I, II, III)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, op. 103 (I, II, III)
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, op. 102 (I, III)
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23 (III)

NON-COMPETING PARTICIPANTS

Up to 24 pianists will be selected as non-competing participants. They will play up to 15 minutes for comments from jurors (recitals will be free and open to the public), and participate in other activities and festival events. Participants must also submit a full application.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPETITORS & PARTICIPANTS

  • $125 application fee
  • Online application and 15–20 minute video of repertoire of their choosing

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must be aged 35 or over by May 24, 2020.
  • Applicants may not perform, teach, or compose piano music primarily for professional pursuits or financial benefit.
  • Previous first-prize winners of the Cliburn Amateur Competition (formerly known as the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs) are not eligible.

For any questions, please contact us by email at mbellinson@cliburn.org or by phone at +1.817.738.6536.