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 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.


June 21–28, 2015 
Fort Worth, TX


First Prize
Alim Beisembayev, Kazakhstan, 17

Second Prize
Arsenii Mun, Russia, 16

Third Prize
Youlan Ji, China, 16

Audience Award
Misha Galant, USA, 17

Best Performance of a Classical Sonata
Misha Galant, USA, 17

Best Performance of a Lyrical Work
Adam Balogh, Hungary, 17

Jury Discretionary Awards
Clayton Stephenson, USA, 16
Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 16


May 31–June 8, 2019
SMU & Morton H. Meyerson 
Symphony Center
Dallas, TX

The Second Cliburn Junior was held in Dallas, Texas, May 31–June 8, 2019 and drew 230 applications from 32 countries. Over 20 journalists, including several from Europe, covered the event in person, writing over 120 stories about the Competition and the 23 pianists who participated. Live and on demand webcast views topped 500,000 for over 3.8 million minutes watched by viewers in 120 countries.


Bernice Gressman Meyerson First Prize
Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 16

Shirley Cox McIntyre Second Prize
Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15

The Horchow Family Third Prize
JiWon Yang, South Korea, 17

Audience Award
Avery Gagliano, United States, 17

Peer Award
J J Jun Li Bui, Canada, 14

Press Award,
Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia, 15