August 11, 2022

The Cliburn announces today the new details of the eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older. Originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, the Amateur Competition will now take place October 12–18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. Below are the key elements, many altered due to the rescheduling.

“We are so pleased to finally be able to welcome these outstanding pianists—who have been preparing for this moment for many years now—to Fort Worth,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “The week will be memorable as this extraordinary community comes together to be inspired by each other and to compete to be one of six finalists who will have the unique Cliburn experience of performing on the Bass Hall stage with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.”

With complications caused by date and venue changes, the Competition will not be webcast or available for on-demand viewing. However: tickets to attend performances in person are on sale now at or by calling 817.212.4280.

    42 competitors and 17 non-competing festival participants representing 17 countries will come to Fort Worth. Learn more about them here.
    The Competition will now take place entirely in the Bass Performance Hall complex: Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street) for the first two rounds and Bass Performance Hall (4th & Calhoun Streets) for the Final Round.

    Pamela Mia Paul
    will now serve as jury chairman, replacing Ralph Votapek due to scheduling conflicts. Spencer Myer will join the jury as the seventh member.
    Finalists will once again perform in the Final Round with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, this time with FWSO Music Director Laureate Miguel Harth-Bedoya on the podium. Miguel replaces conductor Damon Gupton, who has a scheduling conflict.