The Cliburn announces new online initiatives to bring its worldwide community together virtually, in a safe and joyful space for us all, no matter age, culture, or physical location. The Cliburn has text-to-give capabilities. To support these Cliburn at Home presentations, please text CAH2021 to 44-321.


Music can offer us all so much during this quarantine. With these new programs, you can reconnect with great Cliburn Competition performances, learn a few things with your children by listening to Cliburn Kids, and get inspired by the passion of our Cliburn Amateur pianists. Over the years, the Cliburn had broadcast and webcast many hundreds of hours of music. We are happy to connect with you and offer you these great moments of community. —Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO


A new series that examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works. Cliburn laureates and other esteemed specialists, in and outside the field of music, join host Buddy Bray to lead us through the story of each piece—the composer, the background, the narrative, the characters, the technical difficulties, and more. Each episode ends with a standout, full performance of the piece from a past Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.


Relive some of the best moments of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in a global watch party. We’ll host a Facebook premiere of a full recital or piano quintet from Cliburn Competitions past, complete with a special message from the featured artist.

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

For our youngest Cliburn friends! Take a break from at-home school studies to have some music fun, as we explore rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games. Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic advisor and co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom signature in-school program—will lead kids on short (7- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys, twice a week. (Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children; links to at-home supplemental activities will be provided as available.) Cliburn in the Classroom programs written by Dr. John Feierabend and Buddy Bray.



Our amateur pianists hold a special place in the Cliburn Family. Their commitment to music and music-making is extraordinary, as is their talent. The 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition has been rescheduled to 2022, but that won’t stop us from celebrating them.  44 of the 72 pianists who were accepted as competitors or festival participants submitted performance videos to share their passion with the world.