SEVENTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

May 21–June 7, 2025
Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU • Bass Performance Hall • Fort Worth, Texas USA
Paul Lewis, jury chairman

The best pianists in the world.
The ideal performance environment.
Unrivaled international exposure.
The launch of careers.

“One of the most prestigious contests in classical music”
(The New York Times)

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners every four years. Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks, with each edition, to achieve the highest artistic standards and reach new audiences around the globe.

The 2022 Competition became one of the most watched classical music events in history and launched the career of Yunchan Lim, whose rise to stardom has been meteoric. In his first two seasons as a Cliburn winner, concert engagements included New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, and Wigmore Hall  (most quickly sold out.) Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.

 

ATTEND THE COMPETITION

Every four years the classical music world turns its attention to Fort Worth. Join a more than 60-year tradition and cheer on 30 of the world’s top emerging pianists as they strive to perform their best on an enormous world stage, in hopes of launching international careers. Don’t miss this global cultural event.

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STAY CONNECTED WITH THE CLIBURN

SEE WHAT THE COMPETITION IS ALL ABOUT

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VOLUNTEER

The Cliburn prides itself on a history of volunteerism and southern hospitality. None of the programs the Cliburn provides would be possible without the incredible support and commitment of our volunteers. Become part of the outstanding legacy of Cliburn volunteers and help us share great music with the world. 

  • Host a Competitor in your home
  • Provide transportation for some of the world’s top artists
  • Work the gift shop and meet piano fans from around the globe
  • Showcase North Texas on a global stage

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Over four exhilarating rounds of competition, 30 of the world’s top emerging pianists will compete for gold!

THE 2025 CLIBURN JURY

The Cliburn proudly presents the jury for the Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The jury comprises some of the best performing pianists of our time. Each jury member actively shapes the classical music landscape through their performance and instruction.