Newswire | 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Performance Order Announced

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Fort Worth, Texas (May 31, 2022)—The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition welcomed 30 young pianists from around the world to the Opening Dinner & Draw Party Tuesday evening, May 31, 2022, at the Historic Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.

The competitors, members of the Jury, and host families received warm welcomes from Cliburn staff and patrons, and past Cliburn Board Chairman Susan Bagby Tilley was honored with a tribute delivered by Jury Chairman Emeritus John Giordano. Other speakers included Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis, Chairman of the Board Jeffrey B. King, and 2017 Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo.

After dinner, Yekwon Sunwoo drew competitor names out of a chalice, Jacques Marquis read out the names, and each pianist came forward to choose his or her order of play.

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1.  Georgijs Osokins, Latvia, age 27
2. Elizaveta Kliuchereva, Russia, 23
3.  Ziyu Liu, China, 24
4.  Jonathan Mak, Canada, 25
5.  Anna Geniushene, Russia, 31
6.  Andrew Li, United States, 22
7.  Denis Linnik, Belarus, 26
8.  Tianxu An, China, 23
9.  Arseniy Gusev, Russia, 23
10.  Masaya Kamei, Japan, 20
11.  Clayton Stephenson, United States, 23
12.  Yangrui Cai, China, 21
13.  Sergey Tanin, Russia, 26
14.  Albert Cano Smit, Spain/Netherlands, 25
15.  Yuki Yoshimi, Japan, 22
16.  Vitaly Starikov, Russia, 27
17.  Xiaolu Zang, China, 22
18.  Uladzislau Khandohi, Belarus, 20
19.  Francesco Granata, Italy, 23
20.  Yutong Sun, China, 26
21.  Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 19
22.  Marcel Tadokoro, France/Japan, 28
23.  Federico Gad Crema, Italy, 23
24.  Honggi Kim, South Korea, 30
25.  Kate Liu, United States, 28
26.  Jinhyung Park, South Korea, 26
27.  Dmytro Choni, Ukraine, 28
28.  Changyong Shin, South Korea, 28
29.  Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 27
30.  Yunchan Lim, South Korea, 18

Preliminary Round (order of play, though not times, will hold for Quarterfinal Round recitals)

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Preliminary Recital 1
10:00 a.m. Georgijs Osokins, Latvia, age 27
10:45 a.m. Elizaveta Kliuchereva, Russia, 23
20-minute intermission
11:45 a.m. Ziyu Liu, China, 24
Preliminary Recital 2
2:30 p.m. Jonathan Mak, Canada, 25
3:15 p.m. Anna Geniushene, Russia, 31
20-minute intermission
4:15 p.m. Andrew Li, United States, 22
5:00 p.m. Denis Linnik, Belarus, 26
Preliminary Recital 3
7:30 p.m. Tianxu An, China, 23
8:15 p.m. Arseniy Gusev, Russia, 23
20-minute intermission
9:15 p.m. Masaya Kamei, Japan, 20

Friday, June 3, 2022

Preliminary Recital 4
10:00 a.m. Clayton Stephenson, United States, 23
10:45 a.m. Yangrui Cai, China, 21
20-minute intermission
11:45 a.m. Sergey Tanin, Russia, 26
Preliminary Recital 5
2:30 p.m. Albert Cano Smit, Spain/Netherlands, 25
3:15 p.m. Yuki Yoshimi, Japan, 22
20-minute intermission
4:15 p.m. Vitaly Starikov, Russia, 27
5:00 p.m. Xiaolu Zang, China, 22
Preliminary Recital 6
7:30 p.m. Uladzislau Khandohi, Belarus, 20
8:15 p.m. Francesco Granata, Italy, 23
20-minute intermission
9:15 p.m. Yutong Sun, China, 26

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Preliminary Recital 7
10:00 a.m. Shuan Hern Lee, Australia, 19
10:45 a.m. Marcel Tadokoro, France/Japan, 28
20-minute intermission
11:45 a.m. Federico Gad Crema, Italy, 23
Preliminary Recital 8
2:30 p.m. Honggi Kim, South Korea, 30
3:15 p.m. Kate Liu, United States, 28
20-minute intermission
4:15 p.m. Jinhyung Park, South Korea, 26
5:00 p.m. Dmytro Choni, Ukraine, 28
Preliminary Recital 9
7:30 p.m. Changyong Shin, South Korea, 28
8:15 p.m. Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 27
20-minute intermission
9:15 p.m. Yunchan Lim, South Korea, 18


Widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners every four years. Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks, with each edition, to achieve the highest artistic standards while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach. The world’s top 18- to 30-year-old pianists compete for gold in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a global online viewership of over 10 million. Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.

The sixteenth edition of the Cliburn Competition will take place June 2–18, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas at the brand-new Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU (Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds) and Bass Performance Hall (Semifinal and Final Rounds). The Competition, postponed from 2021 (a first in the Cliburn’s 60-year history), saw a record-breaking number of applications—388 pianists from 51 countries. The Cliburn’s expert panels selected the 30 extraordinary artists who will compete. Tickets are on sale now to attend in person.

The fully produced webcast will broadcast all 28 Competition performances live—as well as offer insightful commentary and behind-the-scenes access emulating a news- or sportscast—across multiple platforms. Viewers around the world can watch the entire Competition live and on demand at, and New this year: the Cliburn will be available in 4K HDR and surround sound. Viewers can subscribe at to experience the next best thing to being in the concert hall.


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  • Marin Alsop, jury chairman (United States)
  • Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (France)
  • Alessio Bax (Italy)
  • Rico Gulda (Austria)
  • Andreas Haefliger (Switzerland)
  • Wu Han (China Taiwan/United States)
  • Stephen Hough (United Kingdom)
  • Anne-Marie McDermott (United States)
  • Orli Shaham (Israel/United States)
  • Lilya Zilberstein (Germany)


There is nothing like hearing, seeing, and feeling live music in an energetic, packed concert hall. Add to that the unmatched exhilaration of being there to cheer on 30 of the world’s top emerging pianists as they strive to perform their best on an enormous world stage, in hopes of launching international careers. It’s been 60 years since the first notes of the Cliburn Competition were played in Fort Worth, Texas. And the world will once again be attentively listening.

All tickets for individual concerts are on sale now, as are a variety of subscription options. Full information at

The health and safety of our patrons is of the utmost importance to the Cliburn. We will communicate any pandemic-related protocols to patrons closer to the Competition and will post updates at


As it has been since 2001, the entire sixteenth edition of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (June 2–18, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas USA) will be streamed live online from the first note to the announcement of the new 2022 gold medalist. The Cliburn was a pioneer in the early days of webcasting, and it continues to innovate and expand this vital program as a global leader in the field; this year becoming the first classical music competition in the world to broadcast in 4K HDR. The 2022 Competition webcast promises an even higher level of quality of sound and picture; a compelling, immersive program around the performances that gives viewers behind-the-scenes access and insightful commentary; and the widest selection of ways to watch of any classical music competition in history.

Viewers around the world can watch the entire Competition live and on demand at, and

New this year: the Cliburn will be available in 4K HDR and surround sound. Beginning today, viewers can subscribe at to experience the next best thing to being in the concert hall. Prior to the Competition start on June 2, the Cliburn Competition will be available via the HFYI app on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, and Roku. Subscription packages will be available at $90 for six months, and $125 for one year.


Amon G. Carter Foundation
Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust
BNSF Railway Foundation
C L Rowan Charitable and Educational Fund, Inc.
Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District
Historic Hilton Fort Worth
Luther King Capital Management
Meta Alice Keith Bratten Donor Advised Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Sewell Automotive Companies
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Steinway & Sons
T.J. Brown & C.A. Lupton Foundation, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
The Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation
The Frill Foundation
The Garvey Texas Foundation
The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.
The Rea Charitable Trust
The Ryan Foundation
Visit Fort Worth
William & Catherine Bryce Memorial Trust
William E. Scott Foundation


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