May 30, 2022
As it has been since 2001, the entire sixteenth edition of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (June 2–18, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas USA) will be streamed live online from the first note to the announcement of the new 2022 gold medalist. The Cliburn was a pioneer in the early days of webcasting, and it continues to innovate and expand this vital program as a global leader in the field; this year becoming the first classical music competition in the world to broadcast in 4K. The 2022 Competition webcast promises an even higher level of quality of sound and picture; a compelling, immersive program around the performances that gives viewers behind-the-scenes access and insightful commentary; and the widest selection of ways to watch of any classical music competition in history. Viewership is expected to top 10 million.
WAYS TO WATCH FREE & VOTE FOR THE AUDIENCE AWARD
Viewers around the world can watch the entire Competition live and on demand at Cliburn.org, cliburn.medici.tv, and youtube.com/thecliburn. On those sites, the public can also place their votes for the Carla and Kelly Thompson Audience Award, whose winner will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500 at the Awards Ceremony on June 18. Audiences can vote once a day for their favorite candidate. Voting closes on June 18, 2022 at 6:10 PM CT.
In China, the complete stream will be available at Amadeus.tv.
HYFI – PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION WITH 4K PICTURE & SURROUND SOUND
New this year: the Cliburn will be available in 4K HDR and surround sound. Beginning today, viewers can subscribe at hyfi.live/vancliburn to experience the next best thing to being in the concert hall. Prior to the Competition start on June 2, the Cliburn Competition will be available via the HFYI app on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, and Roku. Subscription packages will be available at $90 for six months, and $125 for one year. The 2022 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (October 12–18, 2022) and 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 8–17, 2023) will also be available live and on demand with active subscriptions.
Premium subscribers on HYFI will also have access to remastered recital performances from past winners, including Vadym Kholodenko, Beatrice Rana, Haochen Zhang, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Yeol Eum Son, and more over the coming months. The 2013 remastered competition is available now.
THE SHOW & HOSTS
The full Competition concert schedule can be found HERE. The webcast will go live 30 minutes prior to each concert and will stay live, with a newscast-style broadcast that will feature expert commentary; insightful features; live interviews with competitors, jurors, other artists, and Competition officials; and exclusive behind-the-scenes access.
Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic consultant and host of the Cliburn Kids and Cliburn Masterpiece series—will serve as the primary face and voice of the webcast from the new broadcast booth, where he will be joined by rotating co-hosts. Principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Buddy has been part of the fabric of the Cliburn for more than 35 years, developing education programs, curating and hosting the Cliburn at the Modern concert series, and providing invaluable artistic counsel. He’s also attended every Cliburn Competition since 1981, and studied with 1977 Cliburn Gold Medalist Steven De Groote.
Overseen by New York-based Framework Productions, the webcast team is a collection of experts from across the United States, many of whom have worked on Cliburn competitions since 2013. As a creative agency, FP specializes in the creation of documentary, commercial, and visually stunning live performances for clients like Amazon, CBS, T-Mobile, Tide, Arri, Canon, Nikon, Capital One, American Family Insurance, and Saturday Night Live. They bring a technical prowess, artistic vision, and invigorating passion to each project—driving to make each broadcast bigger and better.
HYFI, our premium subscription service, is the first 4K HDR streaming service for music in the world. Driven by a culture of innovation and design, they are a live streaming agency that delivers a broad portfolio of entertainment, helping content creators, big and small, navigate live and on-demand distribution in the highest quality possible.
Medici.tv—the global leader in classical music video streaming—will also be broadcasting the entire Competition webcast. For over 10 years, it has captured performances of leading classical artists, ensembles, and orchestras the world over. Medici.tv offers over 150 live events throughout the year and an extensive video-on-demand catalog of more than 3,500 classical and jazz programs, streaming on all your screens. The platform will also feature exclusive editorial content, as well as voting for the Audience Award.