2023 CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION & FESTIVAL
for pianists age 13 to 17
JUNE 8–17, 2023 • DALLAS, TEXAS
Janina Fialkowska, jury chairman
The 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival was 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 provided high quality of sound and picture; a compelling, immersive program around the performances that gives viewers behind-the-scenes access and insightful commentary. The 2023 Cliburn Junior has accrued more than 1.5 million views, more than doubling the 2019 Cliburn Junior total of 650,000 views.
WAYS TO WATCH FREE & VOTE FOR THE AUDIENCE AWARD
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.
HYFI – PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION WITH 4K HDR PICTURE
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.
Cliburn artistic consultant and host of the Cliburn Kids and Cliburn Masterpiece series—will again serve as the primary face and voice of the webcast from the broadcast booth. Principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Buddy has been part of the fabric of the Cliburn for more than 35 years, developing education programs, curating and hosting the Cliburn at the Modern concert series, and providing invaluable artistic counsel. He’s also attended every Cliburn Competition since 1981, and studied with 1977 Cliburn Gold Medalist Steven De Groote.
Bridget Kibbey—Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue magazine—joins Buddy for the Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds to provide colorful commentary. Bridget is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. Collaborating with some of today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music. The New York Times has remarked that “…she made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”
American pianist Daniel Hsu—our celebrated 2017 Cliburn bronze medalist—will serve as Buddy’s co-host for the Semifinal and Final Rounds. He is lauded for performances that are “powerful, thoughtful, and sensitive… this deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning mastery of technical difficulties” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Now 25, Daniel has performed with orchestras and in chamber and solo recitals across North America, Europe, and Asia since his Cliburn success.