The Cliburn is honored to receive a $20,000 Award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the commissioning of a solo piano work by Christopher Theofanidis and performances featuring the Brentano String Quartet and conductor Leonard Slatkin. The recitals and concerts will be held during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition May 24-June 9, 2013, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.
Continuing its longstanding commitment to new music, the Cliburn has selected American composer Christopher Theofanidis to write the solo piano work that will be performed in recital by 12 competitors during the Semifinal Round. Additionally, the Cliburn has been dedicated to showcasing both the extraordinary talent of its competitors in recital performance as well as their ability to collaborate with other musicians. The Fourteenth Competition will mark the first Cliburn appearance by the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet performing a piano quintet with each of the 12 semifinalists. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which has joined the finalists of every Cliburn Competition onstage, will perform two concerti with each of the six finalists, under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin in the Final Round. This will be Maestro Slatkin's first appearance in a Cliburn Competition. All rounds are open to the public and will be streamed live on a hosted webcast.