2017 Cliburn Competition Prizes Annouced


FORT WORTH, Texas, February 1, 2017—The Cliburn is proud to announce winners prize packages for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (May 25–June 10, 2017), highlighted by a new partnership with a highly esteemed international company, KEYNOTE ARTIST MANAGEMENT.

Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has remained committed not only to identifying exceptional pianists who represent the highest in artistic achievement, but also to nurturing those artists and launching their careers. To that end, it offers a comprehensive career management program for the three Competition medalists.

For the 2017 Competition, London-based KEYNOTE ARTIST MANAGEMENT will coordinate international concert tours and a career mentorship program for the gold medalist; and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’s U.S. Classical label will produce and distribute live recordings for the three medalists, with more details to be announced. The Cliburn itself books hundreds of recital, festival, and orchestra concert engagements across the United States for the three medalists in the three years following each Competition. It also provides full artist services, including publicity packages and media relations support and training, as well as programming, visas, and logistics support.

The three medalists also will travel together to New York for their first post-Competition appearance. Through a special partnership with WQXR 105.9 FM, the new winners will appear at THE JEROME L. GREENE PERFORMANCE SPACE (44 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014) on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. ET for an evening of short performances and interviews hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

Additionally, the Cliburn is announcing the transition of Vadym Kholodenko and Beatrice Rana—the gold and silver medalists of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, respectively—to professional management. Full details on their growing careers are below.



  • $50,000 cash, gold medal
  • Van Cliburn Cup
  • 3 years individualized career management, including U.S.concert tours
, and, in association with KEYNOTE ARTIST MANAGEMENT, international concert tours and comprehensive career mentorship program
  • Live recording and recording partnership with UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG)
  • Promotional package including press kits, videos, website


  • $25,000 cash, silver medal
  • 3 years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours
  • Live recording and recording partnership with UMG
  • Promotional package including press kits, videos, website


  • $15,000 cash, bronze medal
  • 3 years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours
  • Live recording and recording partnership with UMG
  • Promotional package including press kits, videos, website


  • $10,000 cash each
  • Promotional package including bio, photographs, videos


Keynote Artist Management launched in 2014 with the vision of being a flexible, modern, innovative artist management firm. The London-based boutique agency is committed to providing a personalized, collaborative, and caring experience for its artists and partners in a diverse array of engaging, creative projects. Integral to Keynote is its commitment to supporting and developing the next generation of talented young performers. Now in its fourth year, the Keynote team comprises over 50 years of collective experience in the classical music industry and manages a roster of seven high-profile artists as well as a number of international tours and special projects.


Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Find out more at: http://www.universalmusic.com


WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including New York Philharmonic This Week and The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City’s edgier venues. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos. The station’s free mobile app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go. As a public radio station, WQXR is supported by the generosity of its members and sponsors, making classical music relevant, accessible, and inspiring for listeners in New York City and around the globe.


Over the past three years, the winners of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have given over 300 performances on five continents; released seven acclaimed recordings; and garnered recognition from The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesGramophoneInternational Piano magazine, and the BBC and WFMT radio.

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko has signed with Sulivan Sweetland Artist Management (internationally) and Baker Artists LLC (for North America). 2013 Cliburn Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana is represented by Solea Management (internationally) and Primo Artists (in North and South America).

Vadym Kholodenko, 30, has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Mr. Kholodenko is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia, and North America to great acclaim. During the 2016/2017 season, he makes his London debut in recital at London Symphony Orchestra at St Luke’s and in concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Alexander Shelley. He also makes his Paris concerto debut at the Philharmonie with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Other appearances include: the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, Prague Symphony Orchestra at the Bratislava Festival, Malaysian Philharmonic, and a return to the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. Recital tours take Kholodenko throughout Japan, China, Europe, and Russia. Kholodenko also takes up the position of artist-in-residence at the Fribourg International Piano Series in Switzerland this season. He enters the third year of his artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Rochester Philharmonic in New York. European engagements include debuts with the BBC Scottish, Kristiansand Symphony, Spanish National, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. In August 2015, he appeared in Zurich with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. Since 2013, Mr. Kholodenko’s recordings include: Gold Medalist, Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, harmonia mundi usa (2013); Grieg | Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos, harmonia mundi (Gramophone Editor’s Choice) (2015); Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5, harmonia mundi usa (2016); Prokofiev Concertos Nos. 1, 3, & 4, harmonia mundi usa (forthcoming).

For performances heralded as “intensely personalized music-making” (The Dallas Morning News), 23-year-old Italian pianist Beatrice Rana won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013. Since then, she continues to build a reputation for sophisticated interpretations of emotional depth, prompting Gramophone  magazine to proclaim that she “possesses an old soul that belies her 20 years, and more than a touch of genius.”  During the 2016/2017 season, Ms. Rana will embark on an international recital tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations to Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Berlin Konzerthaus, and San Francisco Performances among others. Further recitals include Munich, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, and South Korea. She makes concerto appearances with Riccardo Chailly and Filarmonica della Scala, Fabio Luisi and NHK Symphony, Antonio Pappano and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at the Lugano Festival, as well as RAI Torino, Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Zurich Kammer Orchester at the Cologne Philharmonie, and Luzern Sinfonieorchester at the KKL. She was named “One to Watch” by International Piano magazine in 2013 just before her Cliburn appearance, and her artistry was highlighted again in the magazine’s “30 under 30” list in 2014. Ms. Rana recently finished recording the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano for Warner Classics. This disc will join her acclaimed solo recordings previously released by harmonia mundi (2013) and ATMA Classique (2012). Other recordings include Bach Goldberg Variations for Warner Classics (forthcoming). She is a 2015 BBC New Generation Artist and a 2016 awardee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship.

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.

March 7, 2017                  Competitors Announced
May 25–June 10, 2017      Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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)

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

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 subscriptions are on sale now.

Subscriptions to individual Rounds go on sale in late January 2017, with more ticket options available in the spring.

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.


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:

Official Piano of the Cliburn:
Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston

Official Hotel of the Cliburn:
Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel


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