• Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognised as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests”
  • It remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience
  • Winners of the Competition receive tailored benefits, including: Three years of career management. This year, the Cliburn announces their new partnership with Keynote Artist Management for the gold medallist, to develop a comprehensive career mentorship programme; Extensive media coverage through a documentary broadcast on PBS, and broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today in the weeks and years following—carried by 260 public radio stations and heard by approximately 1.3 million people each week; Reaching an international audience through the Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will live-stream the competition, as well as simulcasts in cinemas; Recordings with a top label, as well as high-quality recordings available on CD, DVD and online; Bespoke mentorship and guidance from the Cliburn and their partners in marketing, communications and accounting, as well as conductors and previous winners
  • The prizes for the competition are unmatched by any other piano competition of this standard, with exceptional support and considerable cash prizes, with the gold medalist receiving $50,000
  • For the first time in the competition’s history, the composer of the commissioned work will also serve on the jury. Renowned pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin has been commissioned to compose a new work for the 2017 Cliburn Competition, to be performed by all 30 competitors
  • Competitors will have the opportunity to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which has performed in every Cliburn Competition since its beginning. With the addition of the Mozart concerto in the Semifinal Round, competitors will have the chance to collaborate with one of the world’s top Mozart conductors, Nicholas McGegan. The Cliburn also welcomes back the Brentano String Quartet and Maestro Leonard Slatkin for the Final Round.


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