2023 CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION & FESTIVAL
for pianists age 13 to 17
JUNE 8–17, 2023 • DALLAS, TEXAS
Janina Fialkowska, jury chairman
The Third Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for talented pianists age 13 to 17, took place June 8–17, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. Applications closed on January 10, 2023; 23 pianists were accepted as competitors in the internationally renowned event, and another 14 were selected as non-competing festival participants.
Bernice Gressman Meyerson First Prize
cash award of $15,000
Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea
Shirley Cox McIntyre Second Prize
cash award of $10,000
Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China
The Horchow Family Third Prize
cash award of $5,000
Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
Each finalist will also receive $2,500 scholarships that must be spent toward furthering their musical advancement.
cash award of $500
Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea
cash awards of $2,500 each
MEET THE 2023 CLIBURN JUNIOR ARTISTS
248 pianists age 13 to 17 applied, now 37 have been selected to come to Dallas this June to learn from top international artists, make lifelong connections, and share their music with the world!
This year’s Junior artists display impressive determination in their craft, from one who, at 16, has already finished first place in 30 international piano competitions, and one who, when he was 12, recorded the piano performance of the main character in the popular anime series, Forest of Piano. They also exhibit great talent outside of piano performance: one has been commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to write a piano trio, another is a National MathCounts finalist, and yet another has been seriously studying and practicing Chinese calligraphy since he was 4. The Cliburn looks forward to welcoming these impressive young artists to Texas this June.
WATCH THE ENTIRE COMPETITION ONLINE
Can’t make it to Dallas? The 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival will be streamed live online from the first note to the announcement of the new 2023 winner. You can watch for free at Cliburn.org and YouTube.com/thecliburn.
MEET THE 2023 JUNIOR JURY
Meet the esteemed jurors of the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 8–17, 2023 in Dallas, TX.
- Janina Fialkowska, jury chairman (Canada)
- Jane Coop (Canada)
- Adam Golka (USA/Poland)
- Carol Leone (USA)
- Anton Nel (South Africa/USA)
- Roberto Plano (Italy)
- Katia Skanavi (Greece/Russia)
- Jeffrey Swann (USA)
- Orion Weiss (USA)
VALENTINA PELEGGI TO CONDUCT 2023 JUNIOR FINAL ROUND CONCERT
Esteemed Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi will lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the Final Round concert as the finalists each perform a full concerto.
ROUNDS AND REPERTOIRE
Over four rounds of Competition, the 24 competitors will present diverse and challenging repertoire, all culminating in three exceptional finalists performing full concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Valentina Peleggi.
ABOUT THE JUNIOR
The Junior Competition and Festival was established in 2015 as another means for the Cliburn to use its standing and expertise to encourage tomorrow’s great artists, to provide a valuable forum for them to express themselves, and to give them an entrance to the next step of their journeys. Key ingredients were top international jurors, the media and webcast, Final Round performances with orchestra, and the festival atmosphere, which included performance experience and artistic workshops—all put into place to make the program significantly useful for students with aspirations of being professional musicians.