SIXTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
May 28–June 12, 2021
Bass Performance Hall • Fort Worth, Texas USA
Marin Alsop, jury chairman
The best pianists in the world.
The ideal performance environment.
Unrivaled international exposure.
The launch of careers.
Widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners every four years. Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks, with each edition, to achieve the highest artistic standards while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach. The world’s top 18- to 30-year-old pianists compete for gold in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a global online viewership of over 5 million. Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.
The sixteenth edition of the Cliburn Competition will take place May 28–June 12, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas at Bass Performance Hall. On March 28, 2019, the Cliburn was proud to announce that American Marin Alsop will serve as jury chairman and will conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with the six finalists during the Competition’s Final Round.
KEY DATES OF THE SIXTEENTH CLIBURN COMPETITION
September 2019–Major Elements Announced (Jury, Format, Repertoire Requirements, Composer, Artistic Collaborators)
October 2019–Applications Open
October 2020–Applications Due
January/February 2021–Screening Auditions
March 2021–Competitors Announced
May 28–June 12, 2021–Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition