For the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, cash prizes for the three medalists increase by 94% to $100,000 for gold, $50,000 for silver, and $25,000 for bronze. (2017 prizes were $50,000; $25,000; and $15,000, respectively.) This raises total cash prizes to $265,000, with other special prizes.


With each edition, we aim to offer to enhanced, more personalized career management services to best support our new winners and to adjust to a constantly changing world. This increase in cash prizes and expanded international exposure was planned long before the current pandemic and the total disruption of the concert industry; but these changes do meet the times, when career creativity and financial soundness have perhaps never been so important.

– Jacques Marquis, president and CEO

Cash Prizes

   $100,000  Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal

Award made possible by a gift from Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bassd*

Yunchan Lim
     $50,000  Silver Medal

Awarded by Mr. and Mrs. Fuller French and Family in honor of Adelaide Polk Fuller

Anna Geniushene
     $25,000  Bronze Medal Awarded by the Mollie and Garland Lasater Charitable Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation Dmytro Choni
     $10,000  Kleinheinz Family Finalist Award

Award made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. John B. Kleinheinz*

$10,000  Finalists (x2)

Awarded by Janny and Warren Strickland Schwab Charitable

Awarded by Juana-Rosa and Rond Daniell

$5,000  Charron and Peter Denker Semifinalist Award

Award made possible by a gift from Charron and Peterd Denker*

$5,000  Louise Canafax Semifinalist Award

Award made possible by a gift from the Estate of Louise T. Canafax*

$5,000 Semifinalists (x4)

Awarded by Berlene and Jarrell Milburn, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Mary Elizabeth Lattimore, and Anonymous

$2,500 Quarterfinalists (x6)

Awarded by Anonymous

$1,000 Preliminary Competitors (x12)

Awarded by Anonymous

$2,500  Carla and Kelly Thompson Audience Award presented by

Award made possible by a gift from Carla and Kelly Thompson*

Yunchan Lim
  $5,000  Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work

Award made possible by a gift from the Estate of Gordon William Smith*

Yunchan Lim
$5,000  Best Performance of a Mozart Concerto

Awarded by Anton Nel

Ilya Shmukler
$5,000 John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award

Award made possible by a gift from Mary D. and F. Howard Walshd*

Marcel Tadokoro
$5,000 Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award

Award made possible by a gift from the Raymond E. Buck Foundation*

Changyong Shin
$5,000 Patricia and Neal Steffen Family Jury Discretionary Award

Award made possible by a gift from Patricia A. Steffen*

Andrew Li

* Funded by a generous gift to the Cliburn Endowment.
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Career Management Package


As in competitions past, the three medalists also receive a comprehensive and personalized career management package, to include three years of concert bookings, artistic planning mentorship, traditional and social media training, logistics support, and tax and financial planning guidance, as well as commercial recording releases and a complete promotional package.

The international artist management and concert booking services for the gold medalist will expand in 2021 to offer a global career launch. In addition to European and Australian representation by London-based Keynote Artist Management, the winner will have official management across Asia (excluding Japan) by LIU KOTOW International Artists Management, as well as booking services in South America (Halac Artists) and Japan (Concert Imagine).