SECOND VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
SEPTEMBER 26–OCTOBER 9, 1966
ED LANDRETH AUDITORIUM, TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY; WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
|2||Barry Lee Snyder||USA||$3,000|
|4||Maria Luisa Lopez-Vito||Philippines||$1,000|
|6||Benedikt Köhlen||West Germany||$500|
Best Performance of Commissioned Work: Radu Lupu ($500 gold watch)
Best Performance of Chamber Music: Barry Snyder ($600)
19th Century Music Award: Blanca Uribe ($300)
Best Performance of Copland Sonata Award: Radu Lupu (Annunciata Beall Gold Memorial Medal)
Highest Ranking Pianist of the Americas: Barry Lee Snyder ($500)
RADU LUPU The 1966 gold medalist is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation. He performs regularly at the world’s most prestigious venues and with the foremost orchestras. In 2016–2017, his engagements included the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many others. He has more than 20 recordings to his credit, including a Grammy®-winning disc of Schubert sonatas.
BARRY SNYDER The second-prize winner remains busy as a performer and teacher. He has appeared with many leading orchestras under conductors including Leopold Stokowski, David Zinman, and Arthur Fiedler. He joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in 1970, where he was a founding member of the Eastman Trio, with which he performed for many years. His commitment to new music has resulted in a number of works written just for him. Mr. Snyder has made more than 50 recordings.
BLANCA URIBE The bronze medalist performs frequently in Europe, South America, and the United States. Her notable achievements include recordings of the complete Iberia suite of Isaac Albéniz, and performances of all 32 Beethoven sonatas in South America and at Vassar College. She has served on many competition juries, including at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Compeititon.
MARIA LUISA LOPEZ-VITO Ms. Lopez-Vito retired from live performance in 2002. She devoted her career to championing the piano music of Theodor Adorno and to teaching piano to disadvantaged children in her native Philippines.
RUDOLF BUCHBINDER Mr. Buchbinder is renowned as a leading interpreter of the Viennese classical repertoire. His discography includes more than 100 recordings, including the complete concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart. Highlights of this season including tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and a Carnegie Hall appearance. Mr. Buchbinder has performed the entire cycle of Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times, including in Berlin, Beijing, and St. Petersburg, and four times each in Vienna and Munich.
BENEDIKT KÖHLEN The German finalist went on to win third prize at the Busoni competition and make a number of recordings.