CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR PIANO COMPETITION
for outstanding, non-professional pianists age 35 and older
October 12–18, 2022
PepsiCo Recital Hall at TCU • Bass Performance Hall • Fort Worth, Texas USA
Ralph Votapek, jury chairman
Damon Gupton, conductor
ABOUT THE 2022 CLIBURN AMATEUR
The eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older, will take place October 12–18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas, at Bass Performance Hall and PepsiCo Recital Hall at TCU. This edition had previously been scheduled for May 2020.
The 2022 Cliburn Amateur competitors (announced July 2021) hail from all over the world, representing 19 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States. They range in age from 38 to 72, with a median age of 51.
Applications closed January 16, 2020, and a selection committee chose the 48 competitors and 24 festival participants from an impressive pool of 205 applicants representing 32 countries, through online applications and video submissions of 15 to 20 minutes in length. Competitors were originally announced in March 2020, prior to the Competition’s postponement. Four competitors previously announced were unable to participate during the rescheduled dates; as those positions were filled by alternates, applications will not re-open.
An additional 20 pianists have been selected as non-competing festival participants, bringing the total number of pianists to 68 and countries represented to 23 with the addition of China, Egypt, Honduras, and Russia.
- Ralph Votapek, gold medalist of the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962, will serve as jury chairman. The jury comprises: Peter Czornyj (United Kingdom), Alessandro Deljavan (Italy), Carol Leone (United States), Alex McDonald (United States), Valery Kuleshov (Russia); and Pamela Mia Paul (United States).
- Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform with each of six finalists under the baton of acclaimed conductor Damon Gupton.
- Semifinal and Final Round performances will be webcast live at Cliburn.org.
- Tickets to attend the Amateur Competition will go on sale in Spring 2022.
ABOUT THE CLIBURN AMATEUR
Inaugurated in 1999, the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition was the first event of its kind in the United States. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music no matter what;” the contest highlights the importance of music-making in everyday life and provides a forum for musicians age 35 and older who do not perform, teach, or compose piano music for their primary professional pursuit or financial benefit. The quadrennial competition brings together the best amateur pianists from around the world for seven days of performances, symposia, and social events.
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