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.

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.

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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

Gala Donation Form

The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival was established in 2015 as another means for the Cliburn to use its standing and expertise to encourage exceptional pianists age 13 to 17, to provide a valuable forum for them to express themselves, and to give them an entrance to the next step of their journeys. Your support helps these piano stars of tomorrow achieve their dreams and reach new audiences around the world with their music.

2022 AMATEUR FINAL ROUND

Jon Lee, Software Engineer, 41, United States
Xavier Aymonod, Marketing Director – Public Transportation, 46, France
Masanori Murakami, Clinical Project Manager, 38, Japan
Dominique Salloum, CEO – Artificial Intelligence Industry, 53, France/Lebanon
Michael Slavin, Neuro-Ophthalmologist (retired), 71, United States
Dmytro Vynogradov, Business Development Manager, 52, Ukraine

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2022 Amateur Winners Announced

After seven days of truly inspiring music making by 39 of the best amateur pianists from around the globe, Pamela Mia Paul, chairman of the Jury of the Eighth Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older (taking place October 12–18, 2022, at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall), tonight announced the winners from the Bass Hall stage.

The Richard Rodzinski First Prize was awarded to
Name, profession, age, country
$2,000 cash prize
Funded by a generous gift to the Cliburn Endowment by Scott Cutler
+ Custom boots, donated by Justin Brands

Second Prize
Name, profession, age, country
$1,500 cash prize

Third Prize
Name, profession, age, country
$1,000 cash prize

 

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Jury Discretionary Award
Deirbhile Brennan
, Accountant, 53, Ireland
$500 cash prize

Jury Discretionary Award
Sean Sutherland
, Product Manager, 45, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines/Canada
$500 cash prize

Jury Discretionary Award
Noah DeGarmo
, Physician, 44, United States
$500 cash prize

Audience Award
Name, profession, age, country
$500 cash prize
+ Cowboy hat, donated by Justin Brands

2022 Cliburn Amateur Winners Announced

October 18, 2022

After seven days of truly inspiring music making by 39 of the best amateur pianists from around the globe, Pamela Mia Paul, chairman of the Jury of the Eighth Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older (taking place October 12–18, 2022, at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall), tonight announced the winners from the Bass Hall stage.

The Richard Rodzinski First Prize was awarded to
Jon Lee, Software Engineer, 41, United States
$2,000 cash prize
Funded by a generous gift to the Cliburn Endowment by Scott Cutler
+ Custom boots, donated by Justin Brands

Second Prize
Michael Slavin, Neuro-Ophthalmologist (retired), 71, United States
$1,500 cash prize

Third Prize
Xavier Aymonod, Marketing Director – Public Transportation, 46, France
$1,000 cash prize


 

Special Awards

Jury Discretionary Award
Deirbhile Brennan
, Accountant, 53, Ireland
$500 cash prize

Jury Discretionary Award
Sean Sutherland
, Product Manager, 45, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines/Canada
$500 cash prize

Jury Discretionary Award
Noah DeGarmo
, Physician, 44, United States
$500 cash prize

Audience Award
Name, profession, age, country
$500 cash prize
+ Cowboy hat, donated by Justin Brands

2022 Amateur Final Round – Orchestra Rehearsals

The Finalists spent Monday in rehearsal with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

Jon Lee, Software Engineer, 41, United States
PROKOFIEV Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26 (III)

Michael Slavin, Neuro-Ophthalmologist (retired), 71, United States
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15 (I)

Xavier Aymonod, Marketing Director – Public Transportation, 46, France
PROKOFIEV Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26 (III)

intermission

Masanori Murakami, Clinical Project Manager, 38, Japan
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26 (III)

Dmytro Vynogradov, Business Development Manager, 52, Ukraine
TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23 (III)

Dominique Salloum, CEO – Artificial Intelligence Industry, 53, France/Lebanon
PROKOFIEV Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26 (III)

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2022 Amateur Semifinal Round – Concerts 3 & 4

The Semifinal Round of the 2022 Amateur Competition concluded on Sunday, with these 12 extraordinary pianists performing 28-minute recitals:

Jon Lee, Software Engineer, 41, United States
Xavier Aymonod, Marketing Director – Public Transportation, 46, France
Masanori Murakami, Clinical Project Manager, 38, Japan
Jorge Zamora, Business Development Director, 49, Mexico
Deirbhile Brennan, Accountant, 53, Ireland
Robert Finley, Electronics Engineer, 72, United States
Dominique Salloum, CEO – Artificial Intelligence Industry, 53, France/Lebanon
Aaron Miller, Academic Administrator, 42, United States
Dmytro Vynogradov, Business Development Manager, 52, Ukraine
Eiji Yoshimura, Business Planning Director, 50, Japan
Yeon Wook Jeong, Entrepreneur/Attorney, 53, South Korea
Noah DeGarmo, Physician, 44, United States

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2022 Amateur Semifinal Round – Concerts 1 & 2

The Semifinal Round of the 2022 Amateur Competition began on Saturday, with eight extraordinary pianists performing 28-minute recitals:

Sean Sutherland, Product Manager, 45, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines/Canada
Ferdy Talan, Realtor, 38, Indonesia
Ken Iisaka, Software Engineer, 53, Japan/Canada
Seung-Yeop Lee, Mathematics Professor, 47, South Korea
Michael Slavin, Neuro-Ophthalmologist (retired), 71, United States
Thierry Goldwaser, Software Developer, 46, France
Michael Stefanakis, Tax Attorney, 40, Greece
Suzanna Laramee, Financial Advisor (retired), 66, United States

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2022 Amateur Preliminary Round – Concert 6

The 2022 Amateur Competition continued on Friday evening, with the last of six Preliminary Round concerts:

7:00 p.m. Miriam Berro, Software Engineer, 65, Argentina/Canada
7:17 p.m. Eiji Yoshimura, Business Planning Director, 50, Japan
7:34 p.m. Yeon Wook Jeong, Entrepreneur/Attorney, 53, South Korea
8:09 p.m. John Gutheil, CEO – Medical Oncologist, 66, United States/United Kingdom
8:26 p.m. Hiroko Toya, Attorney, 65, Japan
8:43 p.m. Vincent Letourmy, Operations Director, 51, France

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2022 Amateur Preliminary Round – Concert 5

The 2022 Amateur Competition continued on Friday afternoon, with the fifth of six Preliminary Round concerts:

2:30 p.m. Deirbhile Brennan, Accountant, 53, Ireland
2:47 p.m. James Rosenblum, Attorney, 41, United States
3:04 p.m. Dominique Salloum, CEO – Artificial Intelligence Industry, 53, France/Lebanon
3:21 p.m. Aaron Miller,  Academic Administrator, 42, United States
3:56 p.m. Marisa Naomi Haines, Business Stategist, 66, Brazil/United States
4:13 p.m. Matthew Barnhill, Accountant, 38, United States
4:30 p.m. Dmytro Vynogradov, Business Development Manager, 52, Ukraine

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2022 Amateur Preliminary Round – Concert 4

The 2022 Amateur Competition continued on Thursday evening, with the fourth of six Preliminary Round concerts:

7:00 p.m. Yuka Otohata, Marketing Operations Professional, 51, Japan
7:17 p.m. Jorge Zamora, Business Development Director, 49, Mexico
7:34 p.m. Gorden Cheng, Information Security Architect, 41, United States
8:09 p.m. Irene Longacre-Whiteside, Executive Assistant, 67, United States
8:26 p.m. Kensuke Ota, Research Scientist, 41, Japan
8:43 p.m. Youjin Hong, Psychiatrist, 41, South Korea

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2022 Amateur Preliminary Round – Concert 3

The Preliminary Round of the 2022 Amateur Competition continued on Thursday afternoon:

2:30 p.m. Simon Finlow, IT Project Manager/Database Engineer (retired), 66, United States/United Kingdom
2:47 p.m. Thierry Goldwaser, Software Developer, 46, France
3:04 p.m. Michael Stefanakis, Tax Attorney, 40, Greece
3:21 p.m. Suzanna Laramee, Financial Advisor (retired), 66, United States
3:56 p.m. Jon Lee, Software Engineer, 41, United States
4:13 p.m. Xavier Aymonod, Marketing Director – Public Transportation, 46, France
4:30 p.m. Masanori Murakami, Clinical Project Manager, 38, Japan

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2022 Amateur Preliminary Round – Concert 2

The Preliminary Round of the 2022 Amateur Competition continued on Wednesday evening with these six inspiring performers:

7:00 p.m. Robert Finley, Electronics Engineer, 72, United States
7:17 p.m. Ipek Bozkurt, Professor, 42, Turkey/United States
7:34 p.m. Noah DeGarmo, Physician, 44, United States
8:09 p.m. Seung-Yeop Lee, Mathematics Professor, 47, South Korea
8:26 p.m. Michael Slavin, Neuro-Ophthalmologist (retired), 71, United States
8:43 p.m. Keiko Kircher, College Physics Instructor, 41, Japan/United States

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2022 Amateur Preliminary Round – Concert 1

The first notes of the 2022 Amateur Competition were played on Wednesday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m. See below for this wonderful set of seven performers:

2:30 p.m. Sean Sutherland, Product Manager, 45, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines/Canada
2:47 p.m. Richard Reid, Software Engineer, 71, United States
3:04 p.m. Rie Moore, Translator, 47, Japan
3:21 p.m. Allen Racho, Software Architect, 49, United States
3:56 p.m. Ferdy Talan, Realtor, 38, Indonesia
4:13 p.m. Ken Iisaka, Software Engineer, 53, Japan/Canada
4:30 p.m. Eladio Santiago, President & CEO – Advisory Investment Management, 58, United States

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