Cliburn Junior Competition announces Jury, Conductor and Honorary Chairman


The Cliburn is proud to announce that former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush will serve as honorary chairman of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, for 13- to 17-year old pianists, taking place May 31–June 8, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

“Mrs. Laura Bush’s lifetime commitment to education at the highest level continues in this association with the Cliburn Junior Competition, which is designed to encourage the artistic development of the greatest pianistic talent of tomorrow from around the globe,” said Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis. “As the Cliburn hosts a major program in Dallas for the first time ever—the majority of which will be held on the campus of SMU—we are thrilled to have Mrs. Bush, a resident of the city and proud alumna of the University, lend her name. She also held a longtime friendship with our inspiration and namesake, Van Cliburn, making this connection particularly special.”

Renowned members of the international jury are:

Alessio Bax, chairman (Italy)
Philippe Bianconi (France)
Sa Chen (China)
Angela Cheng (Canada)
Valery Kuleshov (Russia)
Lowell Liebermann (United States)
Aviram Reichert (Israel)

Ruth Reinhardt to conduct Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2019 Junior Competition Final Round

In a stunning conclusion on June 8, 2019, the three finalists of the 2019 Cliburn Junior Competition will perform full concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ruth Reinhardt at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Ruth Reinhardt is currently assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and a Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2017–2018 season. She has recently guest conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Malmö Symphony, and the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur in a concert televised throughout Switzerland. Upcoming engagements include the North Carolina Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the Primrose Viola Competition, and Dallas Symphony, as well as performances with the symphony orchestras of Fort Worth (February 22–24, 2019), Omaha, Orlando, Santa Fe, Sarasota, and Seattle. This summer, she makes her debut with the Stockholm Philharmonic and will serve as assistant conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. In addition, she will work with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA), assisting Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms. Reinhardt was recently selected as one of three active participants in the annual master class of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, this year given by Daniele Gatti.

2018–2019 Cliburn concerts subscriptions and single tickets on sale now. Something for everyone.

This season, we offer a profusion of experiences designed to showcase classical music’s multifaceted character. From traditional recitals by some of today’s brightest stars to club shows where casual meets classical, in the hands of exceptional musicians, good music is good music.

The Series

CLIBURN AT THE BASS  one signature event in Fort Worth’s premier concert hall with world-renowned artists
CLIBURN AT THE KIMBELL  two traditional series in a beautiful, intimate space featuring big talents and rising stars
CLIBURN AT THE MODERN  an exploration of living American composers with a fresh twist
CLIBURN SESSIONS classically-trained musicians at Scat Jazz Lounge—excellent music relaxed
CLIBURN FESTIVAL  a deep and revealing dive into one perspective in music—this season, a particular time and place in history


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