30 Competitors Annonced For Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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The Competition takes place May 25–June 10, 2017, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 7, 2017—The Cliburn announces today the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25–June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Two hundred and ninety pianists submitted applications to participate in the 2017 Cliburn Competition, and 141 auditioned live in front of a five-member screening jury in London, Hannover, Budapest, Moscow, Seoul, New York, and Fort Worth in January and February 2017.  “After an exhilarating and quite thorough process, I am extremely happy with the 30 pianists who will come to the Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth this May. They are engaging and skilled, and—most important—will inspire and move you,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. The 2017 Cliburn competitors hail from all over the world, representing 16 nations: Russia (6), South Korea (5), the United States (4), Canada* (3), Italy (2), Algeria*, Austria, China, Croatia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom (*one competitor has dual Algerian/Canadian citizenship, and both nations are counted here). There are 21 men and 9 women, and the competitors range in age from 18 to 30.

2017 CLIBURN  COMPETITORS

Martin James Bartlett, United Kingdom, age 20
Sergey Belyavskiy, Russia, 23
Alina Bercu, Romania, 27
Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Luigi Carroccia, Italy, 25
Han Chen, Taiwan, 25
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Madoka Fukami, Japan, 28
Mehdi Ghazi, Algeria/Canada, 28
Caterina Grewe, Germany, 29
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Alyosha Jurinic, Croatia, 28
Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia, 24
Dasol Kim, South Korea, 28
Honggi Kim, South Korea, 25
Su Yeon Kim, South Korea, 23
Julia Kociuban, Poland, 25
Rachel Kudo, United States, 30
EunAe Lee, South Korea, 29
Ilya Maximov, Russia, 30
Sun-A Park, United States, 29
Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy, 24
Philipp Scheucher, Austria, 24
Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 22
Yutong Sun, China, 21
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29
Tristan Teo, Canada, 20
Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 18

ABOUT THE FIFTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” (The Dallas Morning News) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists, ages 18–30.

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

COMPETITION JURY
For biographies, please click HERE.
• Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman (United States)
• Arnaldo Cohen (Brazil)
• Christopher Elton (United Kingdom)
• Marc-André Hamelin (Canada)
• Joseph Kalichstein (Israel/United States)
• Mari Kodama (Japan)
• Anne-Marie McDermott (United States)
• Alexander Toradze (Georgia/United States)

ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS
For biographies, please click HERE.
• Leonard Slatkin, conductor – Final Round
• Nicholas McGegan, conductor – Semifinal Round
• Brentano String Quartet – Final Round
• Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Semifinal and Final Rounds
• Marc-André Hamelin – Commissioned Work

TICKET INFORMATION
Complete Competition subscription packages are now available at the Platinum Box Tier ($3,000), Platinum Circle Orchestra ($2,500), Golden Circle Orchestra ($2,000), Mezzanine ($1,000), and Gallery ($600) levels.

Complete Competition and Individual Round subscriptions are on sale now.
Single tickets will go on sale March 31.

CLIBURN LIVE
The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will feature a fully produced webcast live from Fort Worth from May 25–June 10, 2017. The dynamic, multicamera webcast will bring the Competition to life around the world in real time, with over 110 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and awards ceremonies over the 17-day period. It will also include hours of other compelling material, including competitor profiles, taped interviews, featurettes on the many aspects of the Competition (including its 1,200 volunteer force), and other behind-the-scenes glimpses.

For the first time ever, the Final Round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be broadcast  in cinemas around the United States. The one-day event “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” will highlight the six final pianists in concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. (Friday evening performances will be presented in delayed broadcast, leading into Saturday’s performances presented live.)

The Cliburn Competition’s national cinema debut is made possible through a partnership with Fathom Events. Final Round performances will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, June 10, at 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 p.m. CT / 10:55 a.m. MT / 9:55 a.m. PT. During the event, cinema audiences will experience an exclusive interview with Mr. Slatkin and WQXR (New York)’s Elliott Forrest.

Tickets for “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the events in more than 300 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

ABOUT THE CLIBURN
The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical music contests” (The Dallas Morning News) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young artists, ages 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully-produced webcasts and by providing commission-free, comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for exceptional 13 to 17-year-old pianists (second edition, June 2019), and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older (eighth edition, June 2020).

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees, through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series at Bass Performance Hall, the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It presents 1,000 in-school, interactive music education programs for more than 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with over one million visits from 155 nations for live concert and competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 5,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations; and a PBS documentary airing in a potential 105 million households. Detailed information about the Cliburn and its programs is available at Cliburn.org.

Cliburn Sponsors are:
Arts Council of Fort Worth
Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust
The Edith Winter Grace Charitable Trust, J.P. Morgan, Trustee
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation
William E. Scott Foundation

Exclusive Print Media Sponsor: Star-Telegram
Official Piano of the Cliburn: Steinway & Sons – North Texas / HoustonOfficial Hotel of the Cliburn: Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel The Cliburn, 201 Main Street, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102, 817.738.6536

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