The 2017 Cliburn Competition Starts in One Week!


Attend in Person

Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA
May 25–June 10, 2017

It happens only every four years, and it’s almost here. Be there in person to cheer on your favorites and to experience the exhilaration of exceptional live performances.
Click here to purchase single tickets, starting at just $10.

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For premium keyboard seating in the orchestra section, purchase a Complete Subscription at the Platinum or Golden Circle levels.

Watch the Webcast

The Competition webcast will be better than ever, thanks to a major new media partnership with—the world’s leading classical music channel—that will greatly expand the global audience.
The #cliburn2017 webcast, hosted by dynamic piano duo Anderson & Roe, will encompass over 110 hours of live performances, announcements, interviews, featurettes, and other behind-the-scenes footage. All content will be available both live and on demand for free to viewers around the world at—which will also host a variety of editorial content in English, Russian, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

Watch in Cinemas

For the first time, the final two concerts of the Cliburn Competition will be shown in hundreds of cinemas across the United States, thanks to a partnership with Fathom Events. The Saturday, June 10, event begins 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT / 10:55 p.m. MT / 9:55 p.m. PT with a delayed broadcast of the June 9 concerto performances, and continues with a live presentation of the June 10 performances.

Watch the final six competitors with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin, in a presentation hosted by Elliott Forrest of WQXR-FM in New York City, the most-listened-to classical radio station in the United States.

Get full details Here.

Attend a Festival Event

Enhance your Cliburn experience with extra concerts, outdoor simulcasts,
smart symposia, and piano master classes.

All are free and open to the public.
Get full details here.

Concerts and Family Events

Van Cliburn: An American Hero Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Saturday, June 3, 10–10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
A family-friendly musical production about the life and significance of Van Cliburn.

Cliburn in the Classroom, “Carnival of the Animals” McDavid Studio
Thursday, June 8, noon–1:30 p.m.
An interactive family-friendly show from the Cliburn’s music education program. Lunch available for purchase (no outside food or drinks).

Piano Lunches McDavid Studio
Wednesday, June 7, noon–1:30 p.m., and Friday, June 9, noon–1:30 p.m.
Two free concerts featuring recitals by several non-finalist competitors. Lunch available for purchase (no outside food or drinks).

Final Round Simulcasts Sundance Square Plaza
Friday, June 9, 7:15–10:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, 2:45–8:00 p.m.
Live broadcasts on a large LED screen of finalists performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin. Saturday includes the Awards Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Cash bar.

Closing Party Sundance Square Plaza
Saturday, 8–11:00 p.m.
Public party to celebrate the winners of the 2017 Cliburn Competition, featuring Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. Cash bar.

Symposia and Talks

Van Cliburn & The Cold War Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Monday, June 5, 10–11:30 a.m.
Discussion with Stuart Isacoff, author of the new When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph, and Its Aftermath.

Arts Education Symposium Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Tuesday, June 6, 10–11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion with leaders in arts education.

Cultural Diplomacy Symposium Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Wednesday, June 7, 10–11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion about the role the arts can play in international relations.

Conversation With the National Endowment for the Arts Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Thursday, June 8, 10–11:30 a.m.
A talk with the NEA’s director of music and opera on the importance of the arts in building vibrant communities.

Jury Symposium Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Friday, June 9, 10–11:30 a.m.
Members of the 2017 Cliburn Jury discuss their own approaches to music plus repertoire, programming, and what it takes to build a career today.

Competitions Symposium Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Saturday, June 10, 10–11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion about the role competitions play in classical music today.

Pianotexas Master Classes

Arnaldo Cohen: Wednesday, June 7, 2–5 p.m.
Anne-Marie McDermott: Thursday, June 8, 2–5 p.m.
Christopher Elton: Friday, June 9, 2–5 p.m.

Three Young Artists from the PianoTexas International Academy and Festival will play for Cliburn jurors at Van Cliburn Recital Hall


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