The Cliburn will be hosting in-person concerts in Fall 2021 at The Post at River East. Individual tickets are now available.


Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award, has been described by The Boston Globe as an artist who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” He is the newest member of the genre-defying trio, Time for Three.

While rooted in the world of classical music, he is hardly confined to it, possessing  improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist, which have led him to perform with a variety of artists at many festivals, including Aspen, Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, Crested Butte, Cayman Arts, Moab, Caramoor, and Interlochen. He’s also appeared at the YouTube Music Awards, TED, EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist, and onstage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, David H. Koch Theater, Dizzy’s, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Other engagements include the Long Center, Rudolfinum, Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, among many others.

Yang has performed in the presence of two former U.S. Presidents and the Queen of Denmark, and has shared the stage in collaborations with artists including Peter Dugan, CDZA, Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young, Jake Shimabukuro, Ray Benson, Michael Gordon, Marcelo Gomes, Savion Glover, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland, and Jon Batiste. Mr. Yang recently made his solo debut with Marin Alsop and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. His career has been followed by various news media, including The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Financial Times, Austin American-Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and The Strad. Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo’s book Driven and on the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.

On June 9, 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day.”


Pianist Peter Dugan’s debut performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He is heard nationwide as the host of NPR’s beloved program From the Top. He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. This year he makes his debuts at Wigmore Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and can be heard as the piano soloist on a new release of Ives’ Fourth Symphony from Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, a recording which The New York Times named one of the top classical albums of 2019 . Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.

A sought-after multi-genre artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Renée Fleming to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan has been presented in chamber music recitals by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, Moab Music Festival, and recently in recital with Joshua Bell at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. He was the 2019 featured recitalist for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, New World Symphony, and Mid-Texas Symphony.

Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has travelled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.

Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School Evening Division. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.



Venues are following all required safety and cleaning protocols. In coordination with the venues, the Cliburn will follow the following procedures for its upcoming concerts:

  • Masks must be worn by all patrons and staff, except when eating or drinking. All are encouraged to bring their own masks. If a patron arrives without a mask, one will be provided. If their health prevents the wearing of a face covering, patrons should not attend the concerts in person; recordings will be made available exclusively to subscribers.
  • Patrons will be seated at distanced 4-person tables. The Cliburn will work with subscribers to fulfill seating requests and arrange attendees appropriately.
  • Seating will begin 45 minutes prior to each concert. Patrons will check in on a list; no physical tickets will be issued. Cliburn staff will assist patrons with seating.
  • Food and drinks are available at The Post, whose staff will take orders at the tables. Patrons are expected to remain in their seats, unless visiting the restroom.