2018 Classically Cliburn Gala to honor Van Cliburn

Join us April 6 at Ridglea Country Club as we pay tribute to the 60th Anniversary of Van Cliburn’s historic International Tchaikovsky Competition victory in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. A Russian Romance continues the Cliburn gala reputation of bringing together fabulous music and good friends to support the growth of all things Cliburn. It is these outstanding programs, and the tremendous reach of our competitions, that so richly enhance the lives of those in our local community and across the globe. We will also honor immediate past chairman Carla Kemp Thompson, and her husband Kelly, for years of tremendous service and dedication.

2019 Junior Competition Announced

The second edition of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival will take place May 31–June 8, 2019, on the campus of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, culminating with three finalists performing full concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center! Alessio Bax will join us as jury chairman. Applications will open March 1, 2018.

Cliburn Gold 2017 Digital Album Released

Just 13 days after Yekwon Sunwoo was named the gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Decca Gold, Universal Music’s U.S. classical label, has released Cliburn Gold 2017! The digital album features a selection of Yekwon’s live solo performances from the Competition, including Ravel’s La Valse and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2.

DOWNLOAD YOURS TODAY or PRE-ORDER THE CD, which drops August 18.

Read more about Yekwon Sunwoo HERE.

Order of Play Is Set for #cliburn2017

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition welcomed 30 young pianists from around the world to the Opening Dinner and Draw Party Tuesday evening at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.

The competitors, members of the Jury, and host families received warm welcomes from Cliburn staff and patrons, and longtime Cliburn patron Martha Hyder was honored with a tribute delivered by Jury Chairman Emeritus John Giordano. Other speakers included Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis, Chairman of the Board Carla Kemp Thompson, and 2013 Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko.

After dinner, Vadym Kholodenko drew competitor names out of a chalice, Jacques Marquis read out the names, and each pianist came forward to choose his or her position in the order of play.


Thursday, May 25

2:30 p.m. Julia Kociuban, Poland, 25

3:20 p.m. Madoka Fukami, Japan, 28

4:25 p.m. Su Yeon Kim, South Korea, 23

7:30 p.m.  Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy, 24

8:20 p.m. Alina Bercu, Romania, 27

9:25 p.m. Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 22

Friday, May 26

10:00 a.m. Dasol Kim, South Korea, 28

10:50 a.m.Tristan Teo, Canada, 20

11:55 a.m. Caterina Grewe, Germany, 29

2:30 p.m. Philipp Scheucher, Austria, 24

3:20 p.m. Martin James Bartlett, United Kingdom, 20

4:25 p.m. Ilya Maximov, Russia, 30

7:30 p.m. Daniel Hsu, United States, 19

8:20 p.m. Yury Favorin, Russia, 30

9:25 p.m. Yutong Sun, China, 21

Saturday, May 27

10:00 a.m. Luigi Carroccia, Italy, 25

10:50 a.m. Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia, 24

11:55 a.m. Nikita Abrosimov, Russia, 28

2:30 p.m. Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

3:20 p.m.Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23

4:25 p.m. Sun-A Park, United States, 29

7:30 p.m. Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25

8:20 p.m. EunAe Lee, South Korea, 29

9:25 p.m. Sergey Belyavskiy, Russia, 23

Sunday, May 28

10:00 a.m. Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 18

10:50 a.m. Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28

11:55 a.m. Han Chen, Taiwan, 25

2:30 p.m. Honggi Kim, South Korea, 25

3:20 p.m. Rachel Kudo, United States, 30

4:25 p.m. Alyosha Jurinic, Croatia, 28