Tickets for the 2019 Cliburn Junior Competition Go On Sale January 10,2019

Starting January 10, 2019, you can buy your tickets to the Second Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival. The Preliminary, Quarterfinal, and Semifinal Rounds will take place at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and the Final Round concert will take place at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt.

Announcing the Eighth Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

The Cliburn has announced details for the 2020 Amateur Competition.  Online applications will open February 22, 2019 and will be due January 16, 2020. 48 competitors and 24 non-competing participants will be announced March 24, 2020. Ralph Votapek, 1962 Cliburn gold medalist, will serve as jury chairman. 6 Finalists will once again perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Damon Gupton.


The Cliburn’s newest program, Cliburn Social creates a space where concert meets party. This specially curated classical experience provides members a chance to attend cool performances paired with opportunities to hang out, meet the artists, and make new friends.  Members receive tickets to three Cliburn Concerts events and invitations to four exclusive parties throughout the Cliburn Concerts season.


Tickets for both the Aaron Diehl Trio on October 25, 2018 and Ava Pine + Jonathan Beyer on January 24, 2019 are sold out. You can get on the waiting list for these concerts by emailing with your contact info and the number of tickets you are requesting. Tickets are still available for the last Sessions concert of the season on April 18, 2019 featuring cellist Joshua Roman. Cliburn Sessions creates a space where excellent classical artists perform in a very relaxed environment, where they are free to be casual, to blend genres, and to interact with the audience.

Laura Bush to be Junior Competition Honorary Chairman

The Cliburn is proud to announce that Former First Lady Laura Bush will serve as honorary chairman of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, for 13- to 17-year old pianists, taking place May 31–June 8, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. “Laura Bush’s lifetime commitment to education on the highest level continues in this association with the Cliburn Junior Competition, which is designed to encourage the artistic development of the greatest pianistic talent of tomorrow from around the globe,” said Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis. “As the Cliburn hosts a major program in Dallas for the first time ever—the majority of which will be held on the campus of SMU—we are thrilled to have Mrs. Bush, a resident of the city and proud alumna of the University, lend her name. She also held a longtime friendship with our inspiration and namesake, Van Cliburn, making this connection particularly special.”

2019 Junior Applications Open Now

The Cliburn invites talented pianists to apply for the Second Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, for pianists age 13 to 17, taking place May 31–June 8, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. Twenty-four pianists, age 13 to 17, will be invited to compete, and, new for the second edition, 14 additional pianists will be accepted as non-competing festival participants and will have the opportunity to take part in master classes, private lessons, workshops, and other elective activities.

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.