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Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions: a Guide: The 15th Cliburn Competition

The Competition's namesake

Van Cliburn: a legendary life remembered (slide show)

15th competition information

Fifteenth Competition information / news release

Selected links:

Competition schedule and structure; jury rules; results

Commissioned piano work, Toccata L'homme arme, by Marc-Andre Hamelin (interview)

Video trek

Screening audition blog ; news release

Fort Worth auditions February 15-18
Applicant "fast facts" : two-hundred and ninety applications from 43 countries were received. Of those selected for the screening auditions:

  • 103 were men, 43 women
  • Age range was 18–29
  • 28 countries were represented
  • Three countries were tied with the most applicants (24): United States, China, and South Korea.

News and other items of interest

Cliburn Foundation: Facebook ; Twitter ; blog ; photos

News: Star-Telegram ; Dallas Morning News ;  KERA ; misc.

Blogs: KERA Art & Seek Ft. Worth Weekly ; Theater Jones

CLIBURN LIVE ; 2017 on YouTube ; recital recording purchase ; gold medalist recording downloadCD order  The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition featured a fully produced webcast live from Fort Worth from May 25–June 10, 2017 from www.cliburn.org and cliburn2017.medici.tv.  The dynamic, multi-camera webcast brought the Competition to life around the world in real time, with over 110 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interviews, and awards ceremonies over the 17-day period, plus hours of other compelling material such as competitor profiles, taped interviews, and featurettes on the many aspects of the Competition (including its 1200 volunteers), and behind-the-scenes glimpses.

"Clef Notes" podcasts (behind-the-scenes audio programs from Fort Worth Star-Telegram staff); James Kim's "The Competition" podcasts

Finals Simulcasts The Finals was viewable June 9 and 10 as a simulcast in Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth and June 10 at participating theaters, per Fathom Events. <Cliburn Foundation news release> <Fathom events news release>

Cliburn Festival and Symposianews release 

Competitor biographies and repertoire

On camera

Debbie Drechsler

Nowhere to hide:  art by illustrator Debbie Drechsler, top, and cartoonist Etta Hulme, below, capture the 'up close and personal' nature of televised music competition (click images to enlarge). 

Etta Hulme cartoon, Ft Worth Star-Telegram, 3/1/81

Drechsler's art work appeared in Texas Monthly, January 1989.  Hulme's cartoon, immediately above, appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 1, 1981.