Newswire | 2022 Cliburn Amateur Competition: Details, Changes Announced, Tickets on Sale

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Fort Worth, Texas (August 11, 2022) —The Cliburn announces today the new details of the eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older. Originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, the Amateur Competition will now take place October 12–18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. Below are the key elements, many altered due to the rescheduling.

“We are so pleased to finally be able to welcome these outstanding pianists—who have been preparing for this moment for many years now—to Fort Worth,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “The week will be memorable as this extraordinary community comes together to be inspired by each other and to compete to be one of six finalists who will have the unique Cliburn experience of performing on the Bass Hall stage with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.”

With complications caused by date and venue changes, the Competition will not be webcast or available for on-demand viewing. However: tickets to attend performances in person are on sale now at or by calling 817.212.4280.

    42 competitors and 17 non-competing festival participants representing 17 countries will come to Fort Worth. Learn more about them here.
    The Competition will now take place entirely in the Bass Performance Hall complex: Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street) for the first two rounds and Bass Performance Hall (4th & Calhoun Streets) for the Final Round.
    Pamela Mia Paul
    will now serve as jury chairman, replacing Ralph Votapek due to scheduling conflicts. Spencer Myer will join the jury as the seventh member.
    Finalists will once again perform in the Final Round with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, this time with FWSO Music Director Laureate Miguel Harth-Bedoya on the podium. Miguel replaces conductor Damon Gupton, who has a scheduling conflict.


Two Concerts per day taking place at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
42 competitors will each present a solo recital not to exceed 15 minutes in length of repertoire of their choosing.

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Two Concerts per day taking place at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
20 competitors will each present a solo recital not to exceed 28 minutes in length of repertoire of their choosing.

OCTOBER 18, 2022  I  7:00 p.m. (BASS PERFORMANCE HALL)
6 competitors will each perform one concerto movement with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

For more info on Rounds and Repertoire click here.


Inaugurated in 1999, the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition was the first event of its kind in the United States. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music no matter what,” the contest highlights the importance of music-making in everyday life and provides a forum for musicians age 35 and older who do not perform, teach, or compose piano music for their primary professional pursuit or financial benefit. The quadrennial competition brings together the best amateur pianists from around the world for seven days of performances, symposia, and social events.

The eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older, will take place October 12–18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas, at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall. This edition had previously been scheduled for May 2020.

The 2022 Cliburn Amateur competitors (announced July 2021) hail from all over the world, representing 17 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States. They range in age from 38 to 72, with a median age of 51.

An additional 17 pianists have been selected as non-competing festival participants, bringing the total number of pianists to 59 and countries represented to 21 with the addition of China, Egypt, Honduras, and Russia.

Learn more about the Amateur Competition here.


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  • Pamela Mia Paul, jury chair (United States)
  • Peter Czornyj (United Kingdom)
  • Alessandro Deljavan (Italy)
  • Valery Kuleshov (United States)
  • Carol Leone (United States)
  • Alex McDonald (United States)
  • Spencer Myer (United States)


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 Fort Worth, Texas, in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (sixteenth edition, June 2-18, 2022) remains the most visible expression of that mission and is, as always, committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of emerging artists, ages 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully produced webcasts and by providing 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 (third edition, June 2023) for exceptional 13- to 17-year-old pianists and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (eighth edition, October 12-18, 2022) for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older.

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. It presents 1,000 Cliburn in the Classroom 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 more than 30 million visits from 170 nations for competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 5,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations.

Sponsors of the 2022 Cliburn Amateur
Sewell Automotive Companies

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


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