2025 VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW

June 20, 2024

The Cliburn is pleased to announce that all subscription packages are now on salefor the seventeenth edition of its flagship Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

In 2022, The New York Times called the Cliburn “one of the most prestigious contests in classical music.” The next edition of this extraordinary global musical celebration begins one year from today, and fans around the world can make plans now to experience it in a big way.

Subscriptions are available in four options: Complete, which includes tickets for all 27 concerts from $600–$1,000; Semifinal & Final Rounds, including tickets for the 13 concerts at Bass Hall from $450–$750; Final Round, from $225–$500; and Preliminary Round, from $160–$180. For more information or to purchase subscriptions, visit cliburn.org/2025-tickets or contact the Bass Hall Box Office at 817.212.4450.

Gold Medal Patron premium subscriptions are still available. Visit cliburn.org/2025-tickets to learn more.

INTRODUCING CLIBURN FAMILY CONCERTS: MAGICAL, MUSICAL EXPERIENCES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

June 12, 2024

The Cliburn is proud to announce the launch of Cliburn Family Concerts, a series that provides family-friendly musical experiences designed to emphasize themes of wonder, discovery, and exploration. These concerts bring playful programs to some of Fort Worth’s most engaging venues, featuring encounters with a troupe of animals at the Fort Worth Zoo, a celebration of the holidays with a beloved classic at the Fort Worth Stockyards, and a musical voyage into outer space at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The schedule for Cliburn Family Concerts is available below.

Individual tickets and subscriptions are on sale now. Individual tickets are $20 each or $75 for a family 4 pack to one concert; Subscriptions to all three programs are $50 each or $200 for a family 4 pack. Visit cliburn.org/family-concerts for more information. All tickets are general admission. No tickets required for children under 2 years old.

“For several years, we have been thinking about how to give kids and their parents a way to enjoy classical music all together—in a presentation that would be completely magical and unforgettable for all ages, and could become an annual family tradition,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “We are so pleased with how this has worked out: we have mesmerizing stories and, of course, the best music, matched with the perfect Fort Worth partners who each bring their own special savoir-faire. We can’t wait!”


2024–2025 CLIBURN FAMILY CONCERTS

The Carnival of the Animals
Saturday, September 14, 2024  I  11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Zoo (Outdoor Learning Theater)

Let your imagination go wild as playful musicians impersonate the animal kingdom—from a stately lion and an energetic kangaroo to crazy donkeys and much more. All of this in the frolicsome setting of the Fort Worth Zoo, whose Animal Ambassadors will make special appearances throughout! Join us this fall as two pianos, a flute, a clarinet, and strings bring Saint-Saëns’ humorous suite, The Carnival of the Animals, to life like never before.

Fort Worth Zoo Members may enter the Zoo with Membership Card. Non-Fort Worth Zoo Members may check in at the Zoo Box Office. Concert attendees will receive a complimentary Zoo entry pass.

The Polar Express
Saturday, November 30, 2024  I  10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 1, 2024  I  2:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Stockyards Station (Stampede Room)

All aboard the Polar Express! Celebrate the wonder and spirit of the holidays with us as we travel to the North Pole to visit Santa’s home. This one-of-a-kind show features dynamic narration and illustrations from of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved classic book, The Polar Express, with accompanying, hopeful musical interludes and a few surprises. It’s a new holiday tradition in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, where your family can also enjoy the ice rink, photos with Cowboy Santa, the world-famous Herd, and many other festivities!

Voyager
Saturday, February 22, 2025  I  6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 23, 2025  I  11:00 a.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Jane & John Justin Foundation OMNI Theater)

Take a musical journey through the solar system! As spectacular images from NASA wow us on the brand-new OMNI Theater screen—the most advanced LED display of its kind—a narrator will lead us on our special voyage. The stars and planets will swirl above as a piano, violin, and cello perform songs that explore and celebrate the wonder of space.

 

2025 COMPETITION GOLD MEDAL PATRON PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW ON SALE

May 21, 2024

The Cliburn is pleased to announce the new Gold Medal Patron premium subscription packages for the seventeenth edition of its flagship Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

In 2022, The New York Times called the Cliburn “one of the most prestigious contests in classical music.” The next edition of this extraordinary global musical celebration begins one year from today, and fans around the world can make plans now to experience it in a big way. Gold Medal Patrons can hear every note from the best seats in the house, attend special events—including the Opening Dinner & Draw Party with the competitors, wear their commemorative pin to gain access to the exclusive Gold Medal Patron Lounge throughout, and more. Full benefits are listed below.

Gold Medal Patron subscriptions are available in two options: Complete, which includes tickets and benefits for all 27 concerts and the Awards Ceremony, for $2,500 (orchestra seating throughout) or $2,900 (box tier seating at Bass Hall); and Semifinal & Final Round, which includes tickets and benefits for the 13 concerts at Bass Hall, for $2,200 (orchestra seating) or $2,650 (box tier seating). For more information or to purchase subscriptions, visit cliburn.org/2025-tickets or contact the Bass Hall Box Office at 817.212.4450.

Please note: The new subscriptions replace the Platinum and Golden Circle packages from previous competitions. 


GOLD MEDAL PATRON SUBSCRIPTION BENEFITS

Gold Medal Patron benefits include:

  • Prime Seating—Competition concerts and the Awards Ceremony
  • Gold Medal Lounge Access—Big screen, refreshments, and comfortable seating; open prior to and after concerts, as well as during intermissions and jury voting
  • Invitation to Exclusive Competition Events—Opening Dinner & Draw Party; Gold Medal Patron Party; Closing Reception
  • Valet Parking Purchase Option—Valet parking at TCU and Bass Performance Hall for the entire Competition, only available for Gold Medal Patrons
  • Seventeenth Competition Program Book
  • Commemorative Gold Medal Patron Pin

GOLD MEDAL PATRON SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS

COMPLETE PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS
The best seats in the house for all 27 Competition concerts and the Awards Ceremony. The ultimate Cliburn experience.

GOLD MEDAL BOX TIER – $2,900
Prime Orchestra seating for the Preliminary & Quarterfinal Rounds at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU; Box Tier seating for the Semifinal & Final Rounds + Awards Ceremony at Bass Performance Hall; All Gold Medal Patron Benefits

GOLD MEDAL ORCHESTRA – $2,500
Prime Orchestra seating for all Rounds + Awards Ceremony; All Gold Medal Patron Benefits

SEMIFINAL & FINAL PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS
Special seating and all the benefits for the 13 Competition concerts at Bass Performance Hall and the Awards Ceremony.

GOLD MEDAL BOX TIER – $2,650
Box Tier seating for the Semifinal & Final Rounds + Awards Ceremony at Bass Performance Hall; All Gold Medal Patron Benefits

GOLD MEDAL ORCHESTRA – $2,200
Prime Orchestra seating for the Semifinal & Final Rounds + Awards Ceremony at Bass Performance Hall; All Gold Medal Patron Benefits

SUMMER 2024 TOURS ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 CLIBURN WINNERS

May 20, 2024

Since their wins two years ago, the medalists of the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano CompetitionYunchan Lim, gold; Anna Geniushene, silver; and Dmytro Choni, bronze—have traveled the globe and performed for thousands of fans worldwide, earning critical acclaim. The Cliburn is proud to share updates on each, including their recent and upcoming highlights. The summer 2024 tour dates for the 2022 Cliburn medalists are available below.


YUNCHAN LIM 임윤찬 – GOLD MEDALIST

Yunchan Lim‘s 2023–2024 season highlights included major performances: subscription concerts for Boston, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras; concerto appearances in Europe with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra; his Carnegie Hall debut recital; and a North American tour with the Orchestre de Paris in collaboration with Klaus Mäkelä, one of classical music’s hottest young conductors.

He also signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics in October and released his debut studio album, Chopin Études, to glowing reviews, including in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Times (London).

Upcoming standouts for Yunchan’s summer tour include debuts at the BBC Proms and Verbier Music Festival; appearances with Japan’s Sendai Philharmonic; a tour of major venues across South Korea; and a return to the Hollywood Bowl to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.

YUNCHAN LIM — SUMMER 2024 TOUR DATES

MAY

24–25.  Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Hitachi Systems Sendai Hall, Sendai, Japan

JUNE

7.  Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, South Korea
9.  Cheonan Arts Center, Grand Concert Hall, Cheonan, South Korea
12.  Daegu Concert House, Daegu, South Korea
15.  Tongyeong International Music Hall, Tongyeong, South Korea
17.  Bucheon Arts Center, Concert Hall, Buchan, South Korea
22.  Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
28.  Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore

JULY

17.  Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, Church Saanen, Saanen, Switzerland
20.  Verbier Festival, Église de Verbier Station, Verbier, Switzerland
24.  Verbier Festival, Église de Verbier Station, Verbier, Switzerland
26.  Verbier Festival, Salle des Combins, Verbier, Switzerland
29.  BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom

AUGUST

3.  Festival Perelada, Iglesia del Carmen, Girona, Spain
29.  Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA


ANNA GENIUSHENE – SILVER MEDALIST

Anna Geniushene traversed the globe during the 2023–2024 season: she made debuts in Prague, Cyprus, Korea, and China; traveled across the United States and Europe in solo and duo recitals; joined other members of the Geniušas family (including husband Lukas) for a 100th anniversary celebration of personal favorite Simeon Ten Holt, playing his monumental hour-long Canto Ostinato on four pianos in November; made recording sessions for a duo-piano album with husband Lukas; performed recitals in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Vancouver, and Vienna; toured Hawaii; and sat on the jury of the International Piano Competition Istanbul Orchestra’Sion. Released in September 2023, Anna’s newest album, Berceuse—a deeply personal project of lullabies spanning several centuries—received critical praise, as Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News gently hailed: “the unassuming warmth of Geniushene’s musicianship is everywhere evident.”

Upcoming summer highlights include a European tour of duo concerts with Lukas; the start of her Bowers Program residencywith a debut at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York; her debut at Music@Menlo; and a return to Grand Teton Music Festival.

ANNA GENIUSHENE — SUMMER 2024 TOUR DATES 

JUNE

19.  Vilnius Festival, Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania
24.  Musicaè München, Max-Joseph-Saal Residenz München, Munich, Germany
25.  KulturKontakt Eppan, Englar Castle, Eppan, Italy
30.  Pažaislis Music Festival, Kaunas Philharmonic Hall, Kaunas, Lithuania

JULY

13.  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, New York, USA
14.  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
16.  Chautauqua Institution Guest Faculty recital, Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, Chautauqua, New York, USA

AUGUST

1–2.  Music@Menlo, Stent Family Hall, Atherton, California, USA
3.  Music@Menlo, Spieker Center for the Arts, Atherton, California, USA
9–10.  Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village, Wyoming, USA


DMYTRO CHONI – BRONZE MEDALIST

Dmytro Choni closed out 2023 with his first-ever performance of the Brahms First Concerto, in collaboration with the Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim and conducted by Robin Davis, which was praised by Pforzheimer Zeitung for “virtuoso technique, creative will, and sensitivity.” In the 2023–2024 season, he performed across Europe, including his Lucerne Festival recital debut, tours with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, and appearances at Wiener Konzerthaus, Palau de la Música Catalana, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (with Juraj Valčuha); toured the United States three times, including an appearance at the Ukrainian Institute of America; performed at the DMZ Festival in South Korea; and enjoyed an artist residency at the Edesche Concertzaal.

This summer, concert highlights include a Steinway Prizewinners tour of Germany and a continuation of his collaboration with Zimmermann.

DMYTRO CHONI — SUMMER 2024 TOUR DATES

MAY

25.  Edesche Concertzaal, Ede, Netherlands
29.  Filharmonia Pomorska, Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic, Bydgoszcz, Poland

JUNE

4.  Steinway Prizewinners Concert, NDR Kleiner Sendesaal, Hannover, Germany
6.  Steinway Prizewinners Concert, Robert-Schumann-Saal, Düsseldorf, Germany
7.  Steinway Prizewinners Concert, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

AUGUST

30.  Recital with Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin, Villa Papendorf, Papendorf, Germany

CLIBURN SESSIONS MARKS TENTH ANNIVERSARY

May 2, 2024

Marking 10 years of its innovative club series, the Cliburn is proud to welcome back the very first artists of Cliburn Sessions—the renowned, beloved Anderson & Roe Piano Duo—to perform the Cliburn’s debut at a new venue. They will perform at Fort Brewery (2737 Tillar St. 76107) on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $45 at cliburn.org.

When the Cliburn announced its new concept, Cliburn Sessions—the first series of its kind in the region—in the spring of 2014, President and CEO Jacques Marquis said:

“The concept behind Cliburn Sessions is to present classically trained artists in a very relaxed environment, where they are free to be casual, to blend genres, to interact with the audience. It’s an intimate, cool environment—and will allow us to bring even more great talent to Fort Worth. Many of these musicians may venture outside of the classical idiom during the course of the concert—into jazz, pop, world, alternative. In the hands of exceptional artists, good music is good music.”

The decade that followed has seen magic: classical music’s top international stars playing Fort Worth’s best clubs, venturing outside of the normal concert environment, and expanding and connecting with audiences in a new, meaningful way. Time for Three and Sybarite5 each performed at Live Oak Music Hall on the Near Southside. Cellist Joshua Roman and Brooklyn Rider at downtown’s Scat Jazz Lounge. Pianists Joyce Yang and Teddy Abrams, and violinist Tessa Lark at TX Whiskey Ranch. Pianists George Li and Vadym Kholodenko, as well as violinist Randall Goosby and soprano J’Nai Bridges at The Post at River East. Pianists Gabriela Montero and Conrad Tao at Tulips FTW. The highlights have been countless and the memories indelible.

And the fun will continue next season with four concerts at venues to be announced this summer! The 2024–2025 Cliburn Sessions will feature performances by rising bass-baritone Joseph Parrish in his Cliburn debut; Gabriel Kahane and Caroline Shaw, two of classical music’s most ingenious composer-performers in an all-new collaboration; iconic pianist Sir Stephen Hough; and the Cliburn debut of a trio of young classical phenoms, violinists Simone Porter and Blake Pouliot with pianist Hsin-I Huang. Click here to see the complete 2024–2025 concert listing.


COMPLETE LIST OF CLIBURN SESSIONS ARTISTS

Over the last decade, Cliburn Sessions has welcomed exceptional artists to the Fort Worth area across a variety of musical genres, including Teddy Abrams, Anderson & Roe, Timo Andres, Jonathan Beyer, J’Nai Bridges, Brooklyn Rider, Sean Chen, Aaron Diehl, Peter Dugan, Eighth Blackbird, Fei-Fei, Anna Geniushene, Randall Goosby, Daniel Hsu, Maria & Stanislav Ioudenitch, Junction Trio, Gabriel Kahane, Vadym Kholodenko, Bridget Kibbey, Tessa Lark, George Li, MAKE Trio, Gabriela Montero, Natasha Paremski, Ava Pine, PUBLIQuartet, Joshua Roman, Clayton Stephenson, Kate Stevens, Sybarite5, Conrad Tao, Time for Three, Ivan Trevino, VOCES8, Zhu Wang, The Westerlies, WindSync, Charles Yang, Joyce Yang, and Yekwon Sunwoo.

2024–2025 CLIBURN CONCERTS SINGLE TICKETS & SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW ON SALE

May 16, 2024

The Cliburn announces its 2024–2025 Cliburn Concerts season, the 47th year of its signature annual recital series. Single Tickets and Subscriptions—including choose-your-own packages—are on sale now. 

Click here for more details.


This is music with something to say.

Two Cliburn medalists, two of classical music’s most ingenious composer-performers, two global icons of classical piano, and SIX Cliburn debuts across voice, violin, cello, and piano. The world’s critics have called performances by this year’s Cliburn Concerts artists “deeply resonant,” “probing,” and “captivating”—filled with “kinetic, forward-looking music,” “inspired musicianship—and more than a few surprises.”

Come hear for yourself this season, with six gorgeously intimate performances in the Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum and four captivating casual Cliburn Sessions concerts at Fort Worth’s best clubs.


JOYCE YANG, piano
2005 Cliburn Silver Medalist
Thursday, September 19, 2024  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
Cliburn at the Kimbell Subscription

JOSEPH PARRISH, bass-baritone
Cliburn Concerts debut
Wednesday, October 16, 2024  I  8:00 p.m.
Venue TBA
Cliburn Sessions Subscription

GABRIEL KAHANE, piano/singer/composer + CAROLINE SHAW, violin/singer/composer
All-new collaboration
Tuesday, November 12, 2024  I  8:00 p.m.
Venue TBA
Cliburn Sessions Subscription

SIR STEPHEN HOUGH, piano
2022 Cliburn Juror and Composer of the Commissioned Work
Wednesday, January 29, 2025  I  8:00 p.m.
Venue TBA
    Cliburn Sessions Subscription

Thursday, January 30, 2025  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
    Cliburn at the Kimbell Subscription

HAOCHEN ZHANG, piano
2009 Cliburn Gold Medalist
Thursday, February 27, 2025  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
    Cliburn at the Kimbell Subscription

SIMONE PORTER, violin + BLAKE POULIOT, violin + HSIN-I HUANG, piano
Cliburn Concerts debuts
Wednesday, March 26, 2025  I  8:00 p.m.
Venue TBA
    Cliburn Sessions Subscription

Thursday, March 27, 2025  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
    Cliburn at the Kimbell Subscription

JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS, cello + ALEXANDER MELNIKOV, piano
Cliburn Concerts debuts
Thursday, April 10, 2025  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
Cliburn at the Kimbell Subscription

EMANUEL AX, piano
Eight-time GRAMMY® Award Winner
    Tuesday, April 22, 2025  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
Cliburn at the Kimbell Subscription


Cliburn Concerts will again offer a choose-your-own subscription, where patrons may select anywhere from four to six of the performances at the Kimbell Art Museum to create their own season. Subscription prices range from $95–$210 for four concerts; $115–$255 for five concerts; and $130–$320 for six concerts. For the first time, Platinum Subscription Upgrades are offered for $200 this season at any Cliburn at the Kimbell price level. Benefits include a pre-season reception, premium seating, a post-concert reception with an artist, and complimentary artist CDs, as available.

New this season, all Cliburn at the Kimbell concerts are without intermission and will be approximately 60–75 minutes in length.

Cliburn Sessions subscriptions are available for $160, which include four casual club concerts at venues to be announced.

 

VENUE UPDATE: CLIBURN SESSIONS WITH GABRIELA MONTERO ON APRIL 26 MOVES TO TULIPS FTW

March 25, 2024

The Cliburn is proud welcome back renowned pianist and composer Gabriela Montero for two concerts this April: first, Cliburn Concerts on Thursday April 25, 2024, at the Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion (3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.); followed by Cliburn Sessions, the Cliburn’s classically alternative club series, at Tulips FTW (112 St. Louis Ave.) on Friday, April 26, 2024. Cliburn Sessions was previously scheduled to take place at The Post at River East; all tickets purchased for the previously scheduled venue will be honored, and no action is required.

For her Kimbell performance, Gabriela will perform pieces by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninov, in addition to improvised score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 silent classic The Immigrant, while the film plays on the big screen.

For her Tulips performance, Gabriela will perform a selection of classical and improvised pieces to be announced from the stage.

When awarding her the 2023 Performance Today Classical Woman of the Year, American Public Media noted that Gabriela Montero is “a soulful artist at the piano, bringing out the beauty and humanity in a wide range of music, and a fervent composer of music that speaks to the joy and tumult of our times.”

Performances have taken her to many of the world’s most prestigious halls and orchestras. An award-winning recording artist and composer, she has combined the two, to outstanding results: her 2015 release, which includes her own Ex Patria and Improvisations, won the Latin Grammy® for Best Classical Album. And she is a powerful and eloquent champion for the people of her native Venezuela, often using the power of her gifts of composition and improvisation as a tool of creative dissent; her advocacy has earned recognition from the Human Rights Foundation, Beethoven Academy, and Amnesty International.

Now she returns to Cliburn Concerts for her first appearance in almost 15 years.

In addition to her Cliburn Concerts appearance, Gabriela will serve on the jury of the 2025 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and has been commissioned to compose a new work for the Competition, to be performed by all 30 competitors. This marks the third time that the composer of the commissioned work will also serve on the jury.

CONCERT INFO

Cliburn Concerts
Thursday, April 25, 2024  I  7:30 p.m.
Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Tickets are reserved seating and are $35–$85

Cliburn Sessions
Friday, April 26, 2024  I  8:00 p.m.
Tulips FTW
112 St. Louis Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Tickets are general admission and are $45

ABOUT CLIBURN SESSIONS
Cliburn Sessions was established in 2014, and presents classically trained artists in a relaxed environment, where they are free to blend genres and interact with the audience. The intimate, casual setting allows for a unique showcase of talent outside of the traditional recital experience.

The venue for the May 10 Cliburn Sessions performance with the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will be announced at a later date.

 

 

FREE CLIBURN IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERTS IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA, MARCH 5–15

February 12, 2024

The Cliburn is proud to present a series of free Cliburn in the Community concerts this March, featuring 2023 Cliburn Junior winner Seokyoung Hong and local Cliburn Kids on the Road programs and artists. See the full schedule below.

2023 Cliburn Junior winner Seokyoung Hong returns to North Texas this March for a series of free community concerts. At only 16 years old, Seokyoung is the recipient of several first- and second-place prizes in Korea, Switzerland, and the United States. Recently, he performed at the Cliburn’s 12-artist Homecoming Concert and Party in October, and he continues his studies under HaeSun Paik at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School in Boston. In addition to his public concerts, Seokyoung will give private performances and talk with students at Fossil Ridge and Eaton high schools and with a group of music students from Arlington ISD.

Then this Spring Break, March 11–15, Cliburn Kids on the Road will bring concerts at parks and public libraries across Fort Worth and Dallas. The featured programs “Pet Parade” and “Laugh Out Loud” will take participants through exciting musical journeys, highlighting the inspiration of animals and comedy in classical music. Cliburn Kids on the Road features excellent pianists leading musical programs for elementary-aged children and families, with several events offering bilingual hosting in English and Spanish.

The Cliburn is proud to partner once again with Fort Worth Public Library, Dallas Public Library, Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs, Klyde Warren Park, and the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra for this series.

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2025 CLIBURN COMPETITION: CONDUCTORS AND SCREENING JURY ANNOUNCED

December 13, 2023

The Cliburn is proud to announce the artistic collaborators for the 2025 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Marin Alsop—one of the foremost conductors of our time and the first woman to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the United States, South America, Austria, and Britain—returns to the Cliburn to again lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the Final Round after her 2022 appearance as both conductor and jury chair. Carlos Miguel Prieto—famed Mexican conductor, influential cultural lead and educator, and newly named music director of the North Carolina Symphony—will conduct the all-Mozart Semifinal Round.

Learn more about 2025 Artistic Collaborators


Additionally announced are the members of the 2025 Cliburn Competition Screening Jury: Philippe Bianconi, Alexander Kobrin, Momo Kodama, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Roberto Plano. All members of the panel combine distinguished performance careers with a commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists. They will be charged with selecting the 30 competitors from the pool of up to 84 pianists invited to the Screening Auditions, taking place March 9–15, 2025, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Learn more about the 2025 Screening Jury

2025 CLIBURN COMPETITION: OFFICIAL ARTWORK ANNOUNCED

November 16, 2023

The Cliburn is proud to announce the official artwork of the 2025 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The signature design features “Chromesthesia” by internationally renowned, Texas-based muralist DAAS; the piece was originally commissioned for the Cliburn’s first-ever mural, painted in May 2022 at 113 South Main Street in Fort Worth’s vibrant Near Southside. The mural was a lasting gift to the city of Fort Worth and a celebration of the Cliburn’s 60th Anniversary.

Now the Cliburn is pleased to share the gorgeous piece with the world, prominently featuring it in all materials related to the Seventeenth Cliburn Competition, set to take place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Applications for the 2025 Cliburn Competition opened on October 16, 2023 and will close on October 16, 2024.

 

2013 CLIBURN FINALIST FEI-FEI TO PERFORM CLIBURN POP-UP CONCERT NOVEMBER 29 AT THE POST AT RIVER EAST

November 1, 2023

The Cliburn is proud to announce that 2013 Cliburn finalist Fei-Fei will be returning to Fort Worth for a special Cliburn Pop-Up Concert on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 8:00 PM inside the Trinity Room of The Post at River East. Single tickets are $45, with tables of four available for $150, and each are on sale now at cliburn.org. Doors open at 7:15 PM, and concert program starts at 8:00 PM.

ABOUT FEI-FEI

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), pianist Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build an international reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (The Dallas Morning News).

Fei-Fei’s concert tours have taken her across the globe in concerto performances, recitals, and chamber music collaborations alike. Recent projects include artist-in-residence with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic with touring in Germany, a Carnegie Hall performance and tour of Spain with the New York Youth Symphony, debut at Lincoln Center with the Pegasus Orchestra, a 19-city tour of China with her Aletheia Piano Trio, and performances of lesser-represented repertoire such as concertos by Leroy Anderson, Florence Price, Clara Schumann, and Xiaogang Ye. Deeply committed to sharing her joy for music and connecting with communities, she also engages students and community audiences through frequent school and outreach activities.

Born in Shenzhen, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree with pianist Yefim Bronfman at the Manhattan School of Music. Fei-Fei is also a member of the piano faculty at John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and teaching associate of pianist Yefim Bronfman at the Manhattan School of Music beginning in Fall 2023.

2025 CLIBURN COMPETITION APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

October 16, 2023

Applications are now open for the Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, ages 18–30 at the time of the event. (Applicants must have been born after June 7, 1994, and on or before May 21, 2007.) More information below or at cliburn.org/2025-application.

THE CLIBURN PRESENTS FREE HALLOWEEN CONCERTS IN FORT WORTH AND DALLAS OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 4

October 12, 2023

In the spirit of the Halloween season, the Cliburn will present free Community Concerts featuring spooky sounds October 31 & November 4, 2023 in Fort Worth and Dallas. More details are below.

The Cliburn is proud to partner with local festival and community organizers in the production of two free concerts featuring spooky selections and sounds of the season. The Fort Worth concert at Marine Park Stage, in partnership with Artes de la Rosa, joins in the festivities of Día de los Muertos; on Halloween, the Cliburn partners with Downtown Dallas for a series of special Trick or Treat performances.

Cliburn in the Community provides the experience of live classical music performance for free to a broad audience through partnerships with vibrant venues and organizations throughout North Texas. For more information, visit cliburn.org/community.


CONCERT DATES

Tuesday, October 31, 2023  I  4:00–7:00 PM

Trick or Treat on Downtown Streets
In partnership with Downtown Dallas
Performances will occur for 10 minutes each at every half hour.
Pegasus Plaza
1500 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

Saturday, November 4, 2023  I  1:00 PM

Concert for Día de los Muertos Festival
In partnership with Artes de la Rosa
The Día de los Muertos Festival will run from 12:00–5:00 PM.
Marine Park Stage
303 NW 20th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164

NPR’S FROM THE TOP GOES BACKSTAGE AT THE 2023 CLIBURN JUNIOR

October 3, 2023

Airing nationally during the weeks of October 9 and 16, 2023, NPR’s From the Top goes behind-the-scenes at the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival with two broadcasts. Available on participating NPR stations and by podcast (details at fromthetop.org).

Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan, this two-part documentary-style episode of From the Top features 10 of the 23 pianists (age 13 to 17) chosen to participate in two weeks of high-level competition and intense artistic development at the third edition of the Cliburn Junior, held June 2023 in Dallas, Texas. From the Top’s two-part special reveals the personal journeys and backstories of these young artists in the midst of this incredible experience, as well as some of their groundbreaking performances.

The Cliburn International 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. Learn more at cliburn.org/2023-junior-competition.


EPISODES

Listen to the episodes at the links below:

https://fromthetop.org/show/behind-the-scenes-at-the-cliburn-part-i-show-436/

https://fromthetop.org/show/behind-the-scenes-at-the-cliburn-part-ii-show-437/

Audio will not be available at these links until October 9 and 16, respectively.

Featured performances:

PART I – Airing week of October 9th

Eddison Chen, 13, from Kansas City, MO, United States, performing HAYDN Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 46 (I)

Zihan Jin, 14, from China, performing CHOPIN Berceuse in D-flat Major, op. 57

Alyssa Gabrilovich, 17, from Philadelphia, PA, United States, performing Ossip GABRILOVICH Melody in E Minor, op. 8

Zhonghua Wei, 14, from China, performing MOZART Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457

Tiankun Ma, 16, from China, performing SANCAN Toccata

Yiran Zhou, 15, from China, performing BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, op. 7 (II)

PART II – Airing week of October 16th

Seokyoung Hong, 15, from South Korea and Boston, MA, performing RACHMANINOV Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5, and RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

Modan Oyama, 17, from Japan, performing SCARLATTI Sonata in A Major, K. 24

Jan Schulmeister, 16, from Czechia, performing DEBUSSY “La cathédrale engloutie” from Préludes, Book 1

Yifan Wu, 14, from China, performing CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11 (II)

Available Now—Anna Geniushene’s New Album Berceuse on Piano Classics Label

September 28, 2023

2022 Cliburn Silver Medalist Anna Geniushene’s new album Berceuse is out now on the Piano Classics record label. It features a collection of berceuses, cradle songs, and lullabies from 18 different composers, representing this traditional musical form across geographic boundaries, cultures, and erasThis deeply personal album also serves as a tribute to her two young sons Tomas and Mark, to whom this recording is dedicated.

The album (PCL10279) is now available worldwide on CD and through all download and streaming services.
The physical CD is available in the Cliburn Shop here.

Anna shares this insight into her recording selections:

“We remember, from when we were infants, these precious moments of being cuddled by our relatives who were always there for us. We might even remember their gentle voices, whispers, and breathing, and the smells of the place we were at that time. Once you become a parent, you are no longer the center of your own universe and have to concentrate all your resources on giving everything to your beloved children, particularly when they need extra comfort. So what can be more natural than a mother’s voice for this type of occasion? So we start to say something in a very gentle way, we may even sing some melodies, sometimes blending it with words directed and dedicated to our beloved ones. This is how the story of every ‘cradle song’ begins.

While designing this program, I was fascinated by the amount of this music which had never been recorded. My particular interest was in finding a way to promote compositions which could undoubtedly be named as hidden treasures of piano music.”

While competing in the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Anna was seven months pregnant with her second son, Mark. After three weeks of intense competition, she returned home to Lithuania, to her husband and their 1.5-year-old son Tomas, with the silver medal. Mark was born the following October. In the concert season since, she has embarked on a busy touring schedule, performing in top concert halls across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Her husband, Lukas Geniušas, is also a highly accomplished touring pianist.

2025 CLIBURN COMPETITION: JURY, VENUES, FORMAT, COMPOSER ANNOUNCED

September 20, 2023

The Cliburn announces the major elements of the Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Applications open October 16, 2023, and will be due October 16, 2024.

The 2025 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition builds on the historic success of the 2022 edition, which was an outstanding embodiment of the Cliburn’s core tenets: enduring commitment to artistic excellence, the discovery of new artists, and the advancement of classical piano music throughout the world. It reached a record-breaking number of people around the globe, exponentially surpassing viewership and online engagement from its past editions. It has now become one of the most-watched classical events in history, with more than 40 million views on Cliburn channels across 177 countries—and immeasurable viral reach beyond that.

And it launched the careers of three extraordinary medalists. Gold Medalist Yunchan Lim has had a meteoric rise to stardom. In his first two seasons as Cliburn winner, concert engagements include New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris, and Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, and Seoul Arts Center (most quickly sold out.) His performance videos are now the most viewed online for some of classical piano’s most popular works including Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Liszt 12 Transcendental Etudes, and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482. Silver Medalist Anna Geniushene and Bronze Medalist Dmytro Choni have each set off on busy touring careers, with performance highlights including Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Wiener Konzerthaus, Palau de la Música, and Elbphilharmonie; Lille Piano and Lucerne Festivals; top orchestras of the United States and Europe; and tours of Japan, China, Italy, and Germany. Studio recordings for each are forthcoming.

Widely considered “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 while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach. Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.


The upcoming Cliburn FOUR-YEAR COMPETITION CYCLE will be:

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
May 21–June 7, 2025
For pianists 18 to 30 years old
Fort Worth, Texas, USA (Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU & Bass Performance Hall)

Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival
June 2027 (Details to be announced 2026)
For pianists 13 to 17 years old
Dallas, Texas, USA

Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
June 2028 (Details to be announced 2027)
For non-professional pianists 35 years and older
Fort Worth, Texas, USA


IMPORTANT DATES

October 16, 2023—Applications Open
Spring 2024—Premium Ticket Subscription Packages On Sale
October 16, 2024—Applications Due
Early 2025—Single Tickets On Sale; Screening Auditions Schedule Announced
March 9–15, 2025—Screening Auditions in Fort Worth, Texas USA
April 2, 2025—30 Competitors Announced
May 21–June 7, 2025—Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


ELIGIBILITY

The Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities. First-prize winners of previous Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions are not eligible to compete. Applicants must have been born after June 7, 1994, and on or before May 21, 2007.

Videos will be submitted through the online application process. Submissions must be between 35 and 40 minutes in length. The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the pianist and may be selected from works offered for the Competition recital rounds. Only complete works will be accepted. The video must be filmed with the pianist’s face and hands in the frame at all times.

2023–2024 Tours Announced for 2022 Cliburn Winners

August 17, 2023

Over one year after the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, its three medalists—Yunchan Lim, gold; Anna Geniushene, silver; and Dmytro Choni, bronze—have completed their inaugural concert seasons and summer tours as Cliburn winners. They have performed in person for fans around the globe, and their Competition performances have been viewed well over 40 million times.

The Cliburn is proud to share their full tour schedules for the 2023–2024 concert season, below.

 


YUNCHAN LIM 임윤찬
GOLD MEDALIST
Cliburn.org/Yunchan-Lim

 

2023–2024 TOUR DATES

 

AUGUST 2023

18.  Festival International de Piano de La Roque-d’Anthéron, La Roque-d’Anthéron, France

20.  Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

22.  The Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

SEPTEMBER 2023

8–10.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

13.  Fundación Sinfonía, with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

17.  Eastman Piano Series, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York, USA

21.  McCarter Theatre Center, Matthews Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

23.  Washington Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, D.C., USA

OCTOBER 2023

1.  Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest, Hungary

8.  Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Radio France Auditorium, Paris, France

12.  Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Radio France Auditorium, Paris, France

NOVEMBER 2023

15–16.  Münchner Philharmoniker, Isarphilharmonie, Munich, Germany

24–29.  Münchner Philharmoniker, Korean Tour, including Sejong Grand Theater, Seoul, South Korea

FEBRUARY 2024

5.  Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan

15–18.  Boston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

21.  Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, New York, New York, USA

MARCH 2024

1, 3.  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

6–7.  Orchestre de Paris, Paris, France

14.  Orchestre de Paris at the University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

17.  Orchestra de Paris at the Celebrity Series of Boston, Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

19.  Orchestre de Paris at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

27.  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London, England

APRIL 2024

6.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Mendelssohn Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig

10.  Societá dei Concerti, Conservatorio di Milano – Sala Verdi, Milan, Italy

26.  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

28.  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland, USA

MAY 2024

15–18.  Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Lucerne, Switzerland

ANNA GENIUSHENE
SILVER MEDALIST
AnnaGeniushene.com

 

2023–2024 TOUR DATES

 

SEPTEMBER 2023

3.  Imogen Cooper Music Trust, “Melodomia” Festival, Le Baux, France

8.  Tippet Rise Art Center, The Olivier Music Barn, Fishtail, Montana, USA

10.  Friends of Chamber Music, Rudder Theater, College Station, Texas, USA

13.  Fundación Sinfonía, with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

15.  Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts, CSU Fresno Concert Hall, Fresno, California, USA

17.  Fredericksburg Music Club, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg, Texas, USA

21–22.  Cliburn Concerts, Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

26.  Recital presented by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanghai, China

28.  Zhuhai Huafa & CPAA Grand Theatre, Zhunhai, China

30.  Bay Opera of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

OCTOBER 2023

2.  Changsha, China

6.  Altenburg Arts, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore

10.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia, Cyprus

14.  Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Scuola di musica di Fiesole, Florence, Italy

NOVEMBER 2023

3.  Gaida Music Festival, National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania

5.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival, Bohuslav Martinů Hall, Prague, Czechia

12.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, BASF-Gesellschaftshaus, Ludwigshafen, Germany

18.  Pianomusik i Flen, Församlingshemmet, Flen, Sweden

19.  Piano Visions Festival, Pianomusik på Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden

DECEMBER 2023

10.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Salle de l’Institut, Orléans, France

20.  Organum Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania

JANUARY 2024

18.  Waco Symphony Orchestra, Waco, Texas, USA

20.  Skyline Piano Artist Series, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Evanston, Illinois, USA

21.  Sound Ways Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

FEBRUARY 2024

5–10.  Masterclasses & Solo Recital, Sanok, Poland

10.  Organum Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania

22.  Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA

MARCH 2024

1.  Kauai Concert Association, Lihue, Hawaii, USA

3.  University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

5.  Hawai’i Concert Society, Hilo, Hawaii, USA

APRIL 2024

7.  Vancouver Chopin Society, Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, Canada

20.  Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Charles W. Eisemann Center, Richardson, Texas, USA

24.  Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

27.  Washington Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, D.C., USA

MAY 2024

1.  Sanford-Hill Piano Series at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA

8.  Weiner Konzerthaus, Schubert Hall, Vienna, Austria

DMYTRO CHONI
BRONZE MEDALIST
DmytroChoni.com

 

2023–2024 TOUR DATES

 

AUGUST 2023

19.  Kultur.Sommer.Semmering, Semmering, Austria

22.  Lucerne Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland

31.  Kempen Klassik with Frank Peter Zimmermann, Kempen, Germany

SEPTEMBER 2023

10.  Friends of Chamber Music, Rudder Theater, College Station, Texas, USA

13.  Fundación Sinfonía, with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

17.  Lied Center of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

19.  WYO Theater, Sheridan, Wyoming, USA

28.  Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain

30.  Edesche Concertzaal, Ede, Netherlands

OCTOBER 2023

7.  Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

13.  El Camino College, Marsee Auditorium, Torrance, California, USA

17.  Yavapai Symphony Association, Jim & Linda Performing Arts Center, Prescott, Arizona, USA

20.  Cliburn Concerts, TX Whiskey Ranch, Fort Worth, TX, USA

22.  Ukrainian Institute of America, New York City, NY, USA

NOVEMBER 2023

7.  Societá del Quartetto di Milano with Frank Peter Zimmerman, Conservatorio di Milano – Sala Verdi, Milan, Italy

18.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Konzertverein Schwerin, Schwerin, Germany

25.  Edesche Concertzaal with Julian Steckel, Ede, Netherlands

DECEMBER 2023

3.  Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim, CongressCentrum Pforzheim, Germany

JANUARY 2024

Tour with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Italy and Germany, including:

16.  Teatro Verdi, Pisa, Italy

27.  Konzerthaus, Blaibach, Germany

28.  Prinzregententheater, Munich, Germany

FEBRUARY 2024

28.  Wiener Konzerthaus, Schubert-Saal, Vienna, Austria

MARCH 2024

17.  Oracle Piano Society, Oracle Center for the Arts, Oracle, Arizona, USA

23.  Irving Symphony Orchestra, Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas, USA

APRIL 2024

13.  Edesche Concertzaal with Josef Špaček, Ede, Netherlands

MAY 2024

2.  Wiener Kammerorchester, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

JUNE 2024

4.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, NDR Kleiner Sendesaal, Hannover, Germany

6.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Robert-Schumann-Saal, Dusseldorf, Germany

7.  Steinway Prizewinner Concerts, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

CRESCENDO—2022 CLIBURN COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY— WORLD PREMIERE AUGUST 12 IN SOUTH KOREA

August 10, 2023

Crescendothe feature documentary that follows the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the discovery of sensation Yunchan Lim—makes its world premiere screenings this weekend at South Korea’s Jecheon International Music and Film Festival. Directed and produced by Heather Wilk in her directorial debut, the film is being met with early enthusiasm: the premiere screenings sold out in under two minutes.

AUD Present, the South Korean distributor behind arthouse titles such as Lamb, The Farewell, Moonlight, Mid90s, and Pavarotti, has acquired Crescendo, with plans to release it in theaters across South Korea this fall.

“It is an honor to partner with AUD Present,” said Wilk. “Their track record of sharing incredible films to Korean audiences is unparalleled. Our premiere in Korea marks just the beginning and we are excited to share our film with the rest of the world.”

“We are thrilled to work with the Crescendo team,” said AUD Present’s Sinae Kim. “As a distributor, introducing the great film is one of the highlights of our work. We cannot wait to see the audience enjoy and appreciate this special film.”

The film is now available for U.S. and worldwide distribution partnerships. Details on when and how to see it outside of South Korea will be announced later this year.


ABOUT CRESCENDO

Crescendo is set against an unprecedented backdrop of global geopolitics as 30 of the world’s most promising musicians travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Vying for gold and their shot at classical piano stardom, the contestants showcase their talent and voices through six intense, high-stakes performances, with multiple elimination rounds, a discerning panel of jurists, and audiences numbering thousands in person and millions online.

Behind the scenes, stories of adversity, sacrifice, and heartbreak drive the pianists to perform at the highest level. As fan favorites and early contenders are eliminated, one unassuming genius rises to the top.

Crescendo is directed and produced by Heather Wilk. It is produced by Red Entertainment and the Cliburn. Executive Producers include Red Sanders of Red Entertainment and Jacques Marquis and Maggie Estes of the Cliburn.

Available Now—Yunchan Lim’s Gold Medal CD on Steinway & Sons Label

July 7, 2023

The highly anticipated gold-medal album for 2022 Cliburn winner Yunchan Lim is available now on the Steinway & Sons record label featuring the remastered live recording of his historic, complete performance of the Liszt Transcendental Etudes during the Competition’s Semifinal Round (performed June 10, 2022, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA).

The album (STNS 30217) is now available worldwide on CD and through all download and streaming services.
The physical CD is available in the Cliburn Shop here.

The original announcement that Lim—at age 18, the youngest competitor—would play the entire monumental work for his 2022 Cliburn third-round recital “created a buzz throughout the international piano community;” and he delivered, with a performance defined by “intelligent virtuosity and total immersion into Liszt’s idiom [that] truly defined transcendental” (Gramophone). In addition to the ecstatic audience in person that day and the 4 million people who have watched it online since, the critics were universally enraptured: “Lim displayed mind-boggling virtuosity and interpretive depth scarcely imaginable in one so young. In the semifinal round, he gave as brilliant a performance as you’ll ever hear of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, containing some of the hardest music ever composed for piano” (Dallas Morning News). Now fans around the globe can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime concert for many years to come.

Final Round Concert & Awards Ceremony

A look book of photos from Final Round Concert & Awards Ceremony of the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival featuring full concertos by Jan Schulmeister, Yifan Wu, and Seokyoung Hong with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Valentina Peleggi, conductor.

Visit Follow the Junior for the latest news.


THE WINNERS

 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.

OTHER AWARDS

Audience Award
cash award of $500

Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea

Semifinalists
cash awards of $2,500 each

Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China
Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan
Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China

Winners Announced for the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

June 17, 2023

After 12 days of thrilling competition at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and this afternoon’s Final Round Concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Valentina Peleggi at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the winners of the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival were announced on Saturday evening.

The Winners

 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.

 

Other Awards

Audience Award
cash award of $500

Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea

Semifinalists
cash awards of $2,500 each

Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China
Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan
Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China

Online viewership for the 2023 Cliburn Junior webcast topped 1.2 million views in 122 Countries, nearly doubling the 2019 Cliburn Junior total of 650,000 views.

Finalists Announced for 2023 Cliburn International Junior Competition

June 15, 2023

Janina Fialkowska, chairman of the Jury for the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (taking place June 8–17, 2023, at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and Meyerson Symphony Center) is proud to announce the three pianists advancing to the Final Round. The Final Round will take place this Saturday, June 17, beginning at 2:30 p.m. CDT, at Meyerson Symphony Center, where each finalist will perform a full concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Valentina Peleggi.

Tickets to attend the Final Round in person are on sale now at Cliburn.org. The concert will also be streamed live and available on demand at Cliburn.org, YouTube.com/thecliburn, Hyfi.com, and Amadeus.tv (in China).


The Finalists

Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea
Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China


Final Round Schedule

Final Round Concert  I  2:30 PM

Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia – SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22

Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China – CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11

20-MINUTE INTERMISSION

Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea – RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2023 CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION

June 11, 2023

Janina Fialkowska, chairman of the Jury for the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival(taking place June 8–17, 2023, at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and Meyerson Symphony Center) is proud to announce the six pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round, which will take place in two phases.

  • Phase I (Wednesday, June 14): The six semifinalists each perform a 40-minute recital, to include one work written by a living composer and a substantial work of at least 16-minutes.
  • Phase II (Thursday, June 15): 6 competitors perform one concerto movement with piano accompaniment by Mikhail Berestnev and Anastasia Markina.

The Semifinalists:

Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea
Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
The announcement comes after tonight’s Quarterfinal Round concert was paused due to a fire alarm in the venue. Our last quarterfinalist, Modan Oyama, completed his performance tonight for the jurors only, and the jury then voted to select the six semifinalists. Competitors were notified of the results in person by Jury Chairman Janina Fialkowska and President and CEO Jacques Marquis.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Phase I: 6 competitors perform 40-minute recital to include one work written by a living composer and a substantial work of at least 16-minutes
Semifinal Round Concert 1  I  2:30 PM

2:30 p.m. – Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
3:12 p.m. – Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
4:12 p.m. – Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea

Semifinal Round Concert 2  I  7:00 PM

7:00 p.m. – Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China
7:42 p.m. – Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
8:42 p.m. – Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Phase II: 6 competitors perform one concerto movement with piano accompaniment
Semifinal Round Concert 3  I  7:00 PM (followed by the announcement of the Finalists)

Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia – SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (II)
Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China – LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124 (II, III, IV)
Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea – RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43 (vars. 18-24)
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China – CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11 (III)
Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan – SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (II)
Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China – LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124 (II, III, IV)

Official Statement Regarding Sunday’s Fire Alarm

Due to a fire alarm in the venue, we have paused tonight’s Quarterfinal Round concert of the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival. Our last quarterfinalist, Modan Oyama, will complete his performance tonight for the jurors only, and that piece will be recorded and shared online for on-demand viewing. The jury will then vote to select the six semifinalists and those results will be announced in writing on Cliburn.org and across social media later this evening. Thank you for your understanding.

QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2023 CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION

June 9, 2023

Janina Fialkowska, chairman of the Jury for the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival(taking place June 8–17, 2023, at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and Meyerson Symphony Center) tonight announced the 12 pianists advancing to the Quarterfinal Round.

The Quarterfinalists

Eddison Chen, 13, United States
Alyssa Gabrilovich, 17, United States
Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea
Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China
Tiankun Ma 马天坤, 16, China
Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan
Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
Sizhe Wang 王思哲, 14, China
Taige Wang, 13, United States
Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China
Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China
Yiran Zhou 周怡然, 15, China

 


Quarterfinal Round Schedule

Saturday, June 10, 2023
Quarterfinal Round Concert 1  I  2:30 PM
2:30 p.m. – Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
3:02 p.m. – Yiran Zhou 周怡然, 15, China
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
3:52 p.m. – Eddison Chen, 13, United States

Quarterfinal Round Concert 2  I  7:00 PM
7:00 p.m. – Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China
7:32 p.m. – Taige Wang, 13, United States
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
8:22 p.m. – Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea

Sunday, June 11, 2023
Quarterfinal Round Concert 3  I  2:30 PM
2:30 p.m. – Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China
3:02 p.m. – Tiankun Ma 马天坤, 16, China
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
3:52 p.m. – Alyssa Gabrilovich, 17, United States

Quarterfinal Round Concert 4  I  7:00 PM (followed by the announcement of the Semifinalists)
7:00 p.m. – Sizhe Wang 王思哲, 14, China
7:32 p.m. – Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
8:22 p.m. – Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan

Order of Play for the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition Announced

June 7, 2023

The Cliburn celebrated the start of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival with the Opening Dinner & Draw Party,Wednesday evening, June 7, 2023, at the Bush Institute in Dallas.

The competitors and members of the Jury received warm welcomes from Cliburn staff and patrons. Speakers included Jeffrey B. King, Cliburn chairman of the board, Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO, and longtime Cliburn artistic consultant Buddy Bray.

After dinner, Jacques MarquisDr. Sam Holland, dean of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, drew competitor names out of a chalice. Jacques Marquis read out the names, and each pianist came forward to choose their order of play.


Preliminary Round (order of play, though not times, will hold for Quarterfinal Round recitals)

Thursday, June 8, 2023
Preliminary Round Concert 1  I  2:30 PM

2:30 p.m. – Jan Schulmeister, 16, Czechia
2:52 p.m. – Saehyun Kim 김세현, 16, South Korea
3:14 p.m. – Seoeun Lee 이서은, 14, South Korea
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
3:54 p.m. – Yiran Zhou 周怡然, 15, China
4:16 p.m. – Eddison Chen, 13, United States
4:38 p.m. – Zhonghua Wei 魏中华, 14, China

Preliminary Round Concert 2  I  7:00 PM

7:00 p.m. – Chengcheng Yao 姚承承, 14, China
7:22 p.m. – Steven Ruochong Cui 崔若冲, 17, United States
7:44 p.m. – Jaeuk Lim 임재욱, 16, South Korea
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
8:24 p.m. – Taige Wang, 13, United States
8:46 p.m. – Seokyoung Hong 홍석영, 15, South Korea
9:08 p.m. – Chihiro Sugawara 菅原千尋, 16, Japan

Friday, June 9, 2023
Preliminary Round Concert 3  I  2:30 PM

2:30 p.m. – Yifan Wu 吴一凡, 14, China
2:52 p.m. – Tiankun Ma 马天坤, 16, China
3:14 p.m. – Alyssa Gabrilovich, 17, United States
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
3:54 p.m. – Lukas Lee 李璐王子, 15, China
4:16 p.m. – Mi Hou 侯米, 15, China
4:38 p.m. – Sizhe Wang 王思哲, 14, China

Preliminary Round Concert 4  I  7:00 PM (followed by the announcement of the Quarterfinalists)

7:00 p.m. – Zihan Jin 金子涵, 14, China
7:22 p.m. – Modan Oyama 大山桃暖, 17, Japan
7:44 p.m. – Chenxi Chu 褚晨熙, 14, China
20-MINUTE INTERMISSION
8:24 p.m. – Xuanyan Jessie Gong 龚暄妍, 16, China
8:46 p.m. – Andrew Gu, 16, United States

Yunchan Lim’s Gold Medal Recording Drops July 7 on Steinway & Sons Label

June 1, 2023

On July 7, 2023, the Steinway & Sons label will release the anticipated gold-medal album for 2022 Cliburn winner Yunchan Lim: the remastered live recording of his historic, complete performance of the Liszt Transcendental Etudes during the Competition’s Semifinal Round (performed June 10, 2022, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA).

The album (STNS 30217) will be available worldwide on CD and through all download and streaming services. It is also currently available for pre-order in the Cliburn Shop: shop.cliburn.org.

The original announcement that Lim—at age 18, the youngest competitor—would play the entire monumental work for his 2022 Cliburn third-round recital “created a buzz throughout the international piano community;” and he delivered, with a performance defined by “intelligent virtuosity and total immersion into Liszt’s idiom [that] truly defined transcendental” (Gramophone). In addition to the ecstatic audience in person that day and the 4 million people who have watched it online since, the critics were universally enraptured: “Lim displayed mind-boggling virtuosity and interpretive depth scarcely imaginable in one so young. In the semifinal round, he gave as brilliant a performance as you’ll ever hear of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, containing some of the hardest music ever composed for piano” (Dallas Morning News). Now fans around the globe can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime concert for many years to come.

2023 Cliburn Junior Competition Webcast: More Ways To Watch Free+ Premium Subscription With 4K HDR

May 9, 2023

The third edition of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 8–17, 2023 in Dallas, Texas USA at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and the Meyerson Symphony Center, will be streamed live online from the first note to the announcement of the new 2023 winner.

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; the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was the first classical music competition in the world to broadcast in 4K HDR and has become one of the most-watched classical music events in history, with more than 40 million views.

The 2023 Cliburn Junior webcast promises the same high 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 a wide selection of ways to watch. Viewership is expected to top 3 million.

Viewers around the world can watch the entire Competition live and on demand at Cliburn.org and youtube.com/thecliburn. On the Cliburn homepage, the public can also place their votes for the Audience Award, whose winner will be awarded a cash prize of $500 at the Awards Ceremony on June 17. Beginning June 8, 2023, audiences can vote once a day for their favorite candidate. Voting closes on June 17, 2023.

In China, the complete stream will be available on multiple channels by Amadeus.tv, including its website, WeChat (MusicToday), and Weibo.

The 2023 Cliburn Junior will be available in 4K HDR. Beginning today, viewers can subscribe at hyfi.live/vancliburn to experience the next best thing to being in the concert hall. Subscribers can watch via the HFYI app on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku. Subscription packages will be available at $90 for six months, and $125 for one year.

Premium subscribers on HYFI will also have access to the entire 2022 Cliburn Competition—including Gold Medalist Yunchan Lim’s 임윤찬 historic performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3—in 4K and surround sound, as well as remastered recital performances from past winners, including Vadym Kholodenko, Beatrice Rana, Haochen Zhang, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Yeol Eum Son, and more over the coming months.

Learn more here: https://cliburn.org/junior-webcast/

 

This May the Cliburn Presents Free Concerts in Lewisville, Plano, Dallas, and Southlake

April 25, 2023

Leading up to the third edition of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place this June in Dallas, Texas, the Cliburn presents a series of free Cliburn in the Community concerts this May, featuring two phenomenal past Junior competitors. Full schedule is below.

Korean pianist Jiwon Yang, now 21, took home third prize at the most recent Cliburn Junior in 2019. Currently studying on a full scholarship at the Mannes School of Music, she has since performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall New York, the Mannes Sounds Festival, and the American Yacht Club. Amir Siraj—who competed in the first-ever Cliburn Junior in 2015—has performed at the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Millennium Park, and Carnegie Hall, and for the heads of state of Korea, Canada, and Jordan; now 23, he also graduated from Harvard last year with his master’s in astrophysics, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2021, and made a scientific discovery that CNN called one of ten “extraordinary cosmic revelations” in 2022.