2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Receives 290 Applications

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Candidates are from 43 nations; approximately 140 will be chosen to perform live at Screening Auditions around the globe

FORT WORTH, Texas, November 1, 2016—Two-hundred and ninety applications representing 43 nations have been received from pianists for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25–June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas USA.

Approximately 140 prospective competitors will be chosen to move on to the Screening Auditions, where they will each play a 40-minute recital.

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The Screening Auditions schedule will be announced on December 13; they will take place in January and February, and will begin in London. Other Auditions sites include Hanover, Budapest, Moscow, Seoul, New York, and Fort Worth. The Auditions are free and open to the public to attend.

The Screening Jury includes:

• Dmitri Alexeev (Russia)
• Michel Beroff (France)
• Janina Fialkowska (Poland/Canada)
• James Parker (Canada)
• Pamela Mia Paul (United States)

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  • 202 men, 88 women
  • The age range is 17–29; the youngest pianists will have turned 18 on or before May 25
  • 43 nations comprising 6 continents are represented
  • The country with the most applicants is the United States (53), followed by China (52), and South Korea (40).

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.

December 13, 2016          Screening Auditions Schedule Announced
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)

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• 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.

Purchase your Complete Competition subscription today HERE.

Tickets to individual Rounds go on sale in January 2017.
Single tickets to individual concerts go on sale in April 2017.

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

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

Official Hotel of the Cliburn:
Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel


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