Fort Worth, Texas (May 30, 2022) – 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. 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. Viewership is expected to top 10 million.
WAYS TO WATCH FREE & VOTE FOR THE AUDIENCE AWARD
Viewers around the world can watch the entire Competition live and on demand at Cliburn.org, cliburn.medici.tv, and youtube.com/thecliburn. On those sites, the public can also place their votes for the Carla and Kelly Thompson Audience Award, whose winner will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500 at the Awards Ceremony on June 18. Audiences can once a day for their favorite candidate. Voting closes on June 18, 2022 at 6:10 PM CT.
In China, the complete stream will be available at Amadeus.tv.
HYFI – PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION WITH 4K PICTURE & SURROUND SOUND
New this year: the Cliburn will be available in 4K HDR and surround sound. Beginning today,
Premium subscribers on HYFI will also have access to remastered recital performances from past winners, including Vadym Kholodenko, Beatrice Rana, Haochen Zhang, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Yeol Eum Son, and more over the coming months. The 2013 remastered competition is available now.
THE SHOW & HOSTS
The full Competition concert schedule can be found HERE. The webcast will go live 30 minutes prior to each concert and will stay live, with a newscast-style broadcast that will feature expert commentary; insightful features; live interviews with competitors, jurors, other artists, and Competition officials; and exclusive behind-the-scenes access.
Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic consultant and host of the Cliburn Kids and Cliburn Masterpiece series—will serve as the primary face and voice of the webcast from the new broadcast booth, where he will be joined by rotating co-hosts. Principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Buddy has been part of the fabric of the Cliburn for more than 35 years, developing education programs, curating and hosting the Cliburn at the Modern concert series, and providing invaluable artistic counsel. He’s also attended every Cliburn Competition since 1981, and studied with 1977 Cliburn Gold Medalist Steven De Groote.
Joining Buddy to provide colorful commentary are pianists: Peter Dugan, Angela Cheng, Jon Nakamatsu, Elizabeth Joy Roe, Greg Anderson, and Daniel Hsu.
Overseen by New York-based Framework Productions, the webcast team is a collection of experts from across the United States, many of whom have worked on Cliburn competitions since 2013. As a creative agency, FP specializes in the creation of documentary, commercial, and visually stunning live performances for clients like Amazon, CBS, T-Mobile, Tide, Arri, Canon, Nikon, Capital One, American Family Insurance, and Saturday Night Live. They bring a technical prowess, artistic vision, and invigorating passion to each project—driving to make each broadcast bigger and better.
HYFI, our premium subscription service, is the first 4K HDR streaming service for music in the world. Driven by a culture of innovation and design, they are a live streaming agency that delivers a broad portfolio of entertainment, helping content creators, big and small, navigate live and on-demand distribution in the highest quality possible.
Medici.tv—the global leader in classical music video streaming—will also be broadcasting the entire Competition webcast. For over 10 years, it has captured performances of leading classical artists, ensembles, and orchestras the world over. Medici.tv offers over 150 live events throughout the year and an extensive video-on-demand catalog of more than 3,500 classical and jazz programs, streaming on all your screens. The platform will also feature exclusive editorial content, as well as voting for the Audience Award.
ABOUT THE 2022 CLIBURN COMPETITION
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 Cliburn.org, cliburn.medici.tv, and youtube.com/thecliburn. New this year: the Cliburn will be available in 4K HDR and surround sound. Beginning today,
2022 CLIBURN COMPETITION MAJOR UNDERWRITERS
Amon G. Carter Foundation
Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust
BNSF Railway Foundation
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