FIFTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
SEPTEMBER 11–25, 1977
ED LANDRETH AUDITORIUM, TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY; TARRANT COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER THEATRE
AWARDS AND PRIZES
Best Performance of Commissioned Work: Steven De Groote ($500 gold watch)
Best Performances of Chamber Music: Michel Dalberto, Steven De Groote, Alexander Toradze ($600 each)
Highest Ranking Pianist from the Americas: Jeffrey Swann ($500)
Jury Discretionary Scholarship Award: José Carlos Cocarelli, Abdel-Rahman El-Bacha, Yevgeny Krushevsky, Eliane Rodrigues, Marioara Trifan, Eugene Rowley ($500 each)
STEVEN DE GROOTE After winning the first prize, the South African pianist went on to perform in top venues and with the world’s foremost orchestras. His career suffered a setback when he was seriously injured in a plane crash in 1985, after which he settled in Fort Worth as artist-in-residence at TCU. He passed away in South Africa in 1989.
ALEXANDER TORADZE While continuing a busy international performing career, the silver medalist became the Martin Endowed Professor of Piano at Indiana University in 1991, and founded the highly regarded Toradze Touring Studio. Mr. Toradze continues to perform and record with leading orchestras worldwide, and serves on the jury of the 2017 Cliburn Competition.
JEFFREY SWANN The American bronze medalist is well established as a lecturer-recitalist. He currently is professor of piano at New York University, artist-in-residence at Northern Arizona University, and artistic director of the Dino Ciani Festival and Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
CHRISTIAN BLACKSHAW The British pianist recently completed a sold-out recital tour in China. His complete Mozart sonata series at Wigmore Hall in 2013 was recorded and released in four acclaimed volumes—the fourth was named one of the best classical recordings of 2015 by The New York Times.
MICHEL DALBERTO A noted recitalist and chamber musician known for his collaborations with artists including Jessye Norman and Barbara Hendricks, Mr. Dalberto served for many years as chairman of the jury of the Clara Haskil competition, and is a professor at the Paris Conservatory.
IAN HOBSON Mr. Hobson, who teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has made more than 60 recordings in the course of a busy performing career, including the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Schumann. He is now recording a complete edition (the most comprehensive to date) of the piano works of Chopin.
ALEXANDER MNDOYANTS The Russian finalist has a reputation as a dedicated pedagogue, and teaches at the Moscow Conservatory and State Classical University. He regularly conducts master classes in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as in Brazil, Finland, France, Israel, Japan, Portugal, and Taiwan.
John Giordano, chairman (United States)
Luiz De Moura Castro, assistant to the chairman (Brazil)
Guido Agosti (Italy)
James Dick (United States)
Rudolf Firkušný (United States))
Leon Fleisher (United States)
Alberto Ginastera (Argentina)
Lucrecia R. Kasilag (Philippines)
Lili Kraus (New Zealand)
Nikita Magaloff (Switzerland)
John Ogdon (United Kingdom)
Leonard Pennario (United States)
Nikolai Petrov (USSR)
Pierre Sancan (France)
José Serebrier (Uruguay)
Conductor: John Giordano
Chamber Music: Tokyo String Quartet
Orchestras: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Texas Little Symphony
Commissioned Work: Samuel Barber, Ballade
Documentary: Contest to Carnegie Hall: The 1977 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, directed by Mitchell Johnson