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The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano

Addario-McLean and her mother Julianne will travel to

Competition will begin May 24, 2013, and the excitement

Texas as well. According to Ms. Addario-McLean,

is building—not only in Fort Worth, but also around

“We wouldn’t miss it for anything!

the world as potential competitors, artistic collaborators,

Wild elephants, stampeding buffalo,

volunteers, and Cliburn staff prepare for what promises to

etc. could not keep us away!”

be another landmark event. The 2013 Competition will

Local attorney Tal Roberts, who

claim additional space in the history books, marking the

looks forward to sharing the

culmination of the Cliburn’s yearlong 50th Anniversary

Competition with his grand-


children, writes that he “can’t

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Altré Media/Van Cliburn Foundation


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Inside This Issue

wait for May to roll around.”

awaiting the festival. Ninety-five-year-old Don Carter will

We invite you to join these ardent

make the journey from Georgia to Fort Worth for his

fans and many others in Fort Worth’s

fourth consecutive competition. Kansas residents Angela

legendary Bass Performance Hall as

Rodger Mallison/Van Cliburn Foundation

Continued on page 2 • COMPETITION

Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Van Cliburn

50th Anniversary Concert Features Four Gold Medalists Cliburn Concerts launched its 2012–2013 season with a very special 50th Anniversary Gold Medalists Concert and Celebration on September 6, 2012, at Bass Performance Hall. Four Cliburn gold medalists—Ralph Votapek (1962), André-Michel Schub (1981), Alexander Kobrin (2005), and Haochen Zhang (2009)—joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya to present concerti by Bach, Poulenc, and Mendelssohn. Gold medalists acknowledge the crowd from the Bass Hall balcony.

Prior to the performance, Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance, wherein he thanked the audience for its “faithful support.” He went on to exclaim, “I love you from the bottom of my heart. Forever!” The heartfelt remarks were met with a prolonged standing ovation, as the hall filled with appreciation and love for Fort Worth’s most beloved musical icon. The evening’s celebration ended with a street party, where audience members greeted the four Cliburn medalists with a shower of confetti as they emerged onto the Bass Hall balcony. The scene was reminiscent of the tickertape parade that welcomed Van Cliburn home after his 1958 win at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition.


COMPETITION • Continued from page 1 the first note sounds on May 24. The exceptional players, outstanding acoustics, and music-inspired camaraderie all coalesce into a stunning live experience, filled with anticipation and intrigue. As you take your seat, you will automatically become part of the Cliburn’s legacy of producing the world’s preeminent piano contest. The Fourteenth Competition will feature 30 of today’s most promising young pianists in three rounds as they vie for the coveted Cliburn medals, career management, and more than $175,000 in prizes and awards. In all, they will give 96 performances. Renowned musicians Maestro Leonard Slatkin, the Brentano String Quartet, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will also be on hand, adding creative vigor and prestige to the stage.

Seventeen Days of the World’s Finest Piano Talent Preliminary Round: May 24–30 Thirty extraordinary pianists from around the world each perform two 45-minute recitals. Semifinal Round: June 1–4 Twelve semifinalists each perform a quintet with the critically acclaimed Brentano String Quartet, in addition to a 60-minute recital, which includes the commissioned work by American composer Christopher Theofanidis. Final Round: June 6–9 The Competition reaches its climax as six finalists each perform two concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Grammy® Award-winning Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Awards Ceremony: June 9 The six finalists eagerly await their names to be called from the stage as the medals and prizes are awarded. All six finalists will receive three years of career management, but only one will be named the gold medalist. For those who cannot attend in person, the performances will be streamed live in their entirety at Online video will be available 24 hours a day throughout the Competition, and will include video-on-demand, as well as live concerts. Such technology makes it possible for virtually anyone anywhere to experience the Competition. In 2009, more than 158,000 visitors logged in from 157 countries. Fourteenth Competition tickets are now available online at, or by calling 817.212.4450. Don’t miss the excitement! We expect more than 50,000 people to attend from across the United States and abroad, making the 2013 Competition a truly international event. See you there!

Lives of the Laureates Radu Lupu, 1966 Gold Medalist

Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation, and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. Since winning the Second Cliburn Competition in 1966 and the Leeds Competition in 1969, he has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the music capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. A Grammy® Award winner, he has made more than 20 recordings for London/Decca. Earlier this year, Mr. Lupu took some time to share recollections of his time in Fort Worth.

Q: Tell us about your passion for music and the piano. What inspired you in the beginning? A: I always loved music and listening to it, particularly orchestral pieces which I tried to play by ear on the piano. My passion for piano started very late. My inspiration came from what I heard on the radio. I could also sing well—at that time!

Q: Why did you choose to compete in the Cliburn Competition? A: Because of Van Cliburn’s name, it was seen as a very big competition in the Soviet Union where I was studying at the time, and I wanted the experience of going to an “exotic” place, which to me was America in those days. I didn’t hope for anything.

After the Competition, I stayed three extra months for concerts, living with hosts Max and Gali Clark. Since she was Russian-born, it was wonderful for me to be able to communicate in Russian since I spoke no English. We became extremely close, and they treated me like their own family. I remember well referring to them as my Texas parents. We stayed in contact with each other for a long time after that.

Q: Tell us about your life after the Cliburn. What role did the Cliburn Competition play in changing your life and career?

Q: What was your impression of the Cliburn Competition before you came? A: I was happy to play concerts in the United States A: Since he won the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition, after the Competition. It was a wonderful experience Van Cliburn became a real iconic name throughout the world and especially in Russia. Because of that, I was very conscious it had importance for me. I also liked that the program required chamber music, which was new to me in competitions.

Q: Tell us about your time in Fort Worth during the Competition. A: I was interested to hear everyone else so I spent a lot of time listening to other competitors and made friends with many of them. I also remember the parties during the Competition, which enabled me to meet so many competitors and where I experienced such warm hospitality. I don’t recall many things, but for sure, I was a nervous wreck waiting for the names to be called. Just by making it to the finals, I already considered it to be a personal success.

Q: What were your impressions of Fort Worth and Texas? Did you experience any culture shock? A: It was strange to be in that part of the world, which was so different from anything I’d seen in my life. I loved meeting Van Cliburn after the first round, and I came to appreciate him not only as the very great pianist he is, but also as one of the most generous, lovable,


endearing people I have ever met. I remember being shocked that my shaver didn’t work because of the different plug, so I had to go to a barber where I had to lie down to get a shave! I was also taken to a rodeo and my first American football game—a big culture shock. I had no idea what was going on.

for me. I returned to Moscow to continue my studies. I became very well-known in Romania very quickly and had a lot of concerts there. I was very young and as I said, didn’t expect to win. It was an important stepping stone for me in terms of self-confidence. I didn’t expect to be a professional pianist—I was aiming for conducting—but this was great encouragement for me to continue as a pianist.

Q: What advice do you give to aspiring young pianists? A: My advice to young pianists is if they love music, then with time and experience, the important thing is to discover oneself through music.

Radu Lupu will perform on the Cliburn Concerts series at Bass Performance Hall on Monday, January 28, 2013, playing works by Franck, Schubert, and Debussy. Other highlights of his 2012–2013 season include an engagement with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis as part of Davis' 85th birthday celebration; a U.S. tour featuring a Carnegie Hall concert and performances with the Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis Symphonies; his 10th tour of Japan; and the continuation of his cycle of the Beethoven piano concerti with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra in Helsinki.

Winners’ Tours


2009 Gold Medalist

October 10 Chibaken Bunka Kaikan (Japan) 12 Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan (Japan) 17 Okinawa Convention Center (Japan) 21 Wantanabeo Kinen Kaikan Ube Yamaguchi (Japan) 23 Sonic City Omiya (Japan) november 1 Marugame Shimin Kaikan (Japan) 3 Okayama Symphony Hall (Japan) 5 Himegin Hall (Japan) 8 Kochi Prefectural Cultural Hall (Japan) 13 Aomori Shimin Hall (Japan) 18 Yamagata Prefectural Event Hall (Japan) 20 Tochigi Sobun (Japan) 22 Yokosuka Art Theatre (Japan) 24 Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Center (Japan) 27 Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Japan) 29 Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall (Japan) december 6 Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Japan) 8 The Symphony Hall (Japan) 10 Ishikawa Ongakudo (Japan) 12 Harmony Hall (Japan) 14 Aubade Hall (Japan) 16 Aichi Arts Center (Japan) 21 Gunma Ongaku Center (Japan) 25 Across Symphony Hall (Japan) 27 Houzan Hall, Kagoshima (Japan) january 18, 19 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Canada) 20 Virtuosi Concert Series (Canada) 27 Seattle Symphony Orchestra (WA) february 1–3 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX) 10 Akita Kenmin Kaikan (Japan) 14–16 Suntory Hall (Japan) march 10 University of British Columbia (Canada) 13 Lincoln Center–City of Fort Collins (CO) 15 Muhlenberg College Concert Series (Allentown, PA) 17 Bay Chamber Concerts (Rockport, ME) 19 University of Georgia Performing Arts Center (Athens, GA) 23 The Lyric Theater (Stuart, FL)


2009 Gold Medalist

march 1–3 California Symphony Orchestra (Walnut Creek, CA) 16 Bardavon 1869 Opera House (Poughkeepsie, NY) 23 Austin College Community Series (Sherman, TX) 25 Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX)


2009 Silver Medalist

October 13 New Philharmonic Orchestra (Glen Ellyn, IL) 16–28 Japan Tour with Ensemble Berlin november 3 Chopin Gesellschaft Hannover (Germany) 6 Seoul Arts Center with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (Korea) 23 Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea) december 14, 15 China Tour 20 SK Grium Hall (Korea) 27 Kumho Art Hall (Korea) january 3 Seattle Symphony Orchestra (WA) 15–20 Schloss Elmau Music Festival (Netherlands) february 1–4 Klavierissimo (Switzerland) 8, 9 Krakow Philharmonic (Poland) march 7 Seoul Arts Center (Korea) 10 Frederic Chopin Society in Minneapolis (MN) 12 Cliburn Concerts (Fort Worth, TX) 16 Germantown Performing Arts Center (TN) 29 Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea)


2009 Finalist

October 14 Wood Memorial Library (Hartford, CT) 19 El Camino College Center for the Arts (Torrance, CA) 21 Sundays Live at LACMA (Los Angeles, CA) november 8, 9 Orchestra Pistoiese Promusica (Italy) 11 Auditorium San Domenico (Italy) 15 Sala Greppi (Italy) 20 Orchestra dell’Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

march 9 Celebration Classical Concert Series (FL) october 11 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 6 Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (CA) (West Palm Beach, FL) 7 Pepperdine University Center for the Arts (Malibu, CA) 16 Germantown Performing Arts Center (TN) 9 Hawaii Concert Society (Hilo, HI) 11 Kahilu Theatre (Kamuela, HI) 12 Maui Arts & Cultural Center (HI) 13 University of Hawaii–Manoa (Honolulu, HI) DI WU 14 Kauai Concert Association (Lihue, HI) 2009 Finalist 18–26 Japan Tour november 2 Singapore Symphony Orchestra 10 Missouri Music Teachers Association (Chesterfield, MO) january 15 Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Series (Bellingham, WA) 17–27 Japan Tour

2013 Winners’ Tours Taking Shape With seven months to go before the first competitor walks onstage at the Fourteenth Competition, the first year of concert tours for the six winners is already taking shape. To date, nearly 150 presenters have indicated their intentions to introduce a 2013 Cliburn winner to their audiences, including the Aspen Music Festival, Detroit and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and numerous venues across the United States. Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has remained committed not only to identifying young pianists who represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement, but also to nurturing these artists and launching meaningful careers. To this end, the Cliburn arranges for hundreds of recital, festival, and orchestral concert engagements across the United States, commissionfree, for the six finalists in the three seasons following each competition. IMG Artists coordinates tours for the gold medalist throughout Europe, Asia, and other international locations. Artist manager Naomi Ives remarks, “IMG Artists is looking forward to the Fourteenth Competition and working with the new gold medalist in the following seasons. We are already in conversation with many presenters in Europe and Asia and are met with enthusiasm at the idea of them being associated with such a prestigious and renowned competition. There is little doubt in their minds that the winner of the Cliburn Competition, whoever it may be, will be a star of the future.” The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, and Grafenegg Festival are just a few of the presenters that have already indicated their intention to present the Cliburn gold medalist. A tour of Japan is also in the works. The 2013 Competition will reach every part of the world, helping to build new and enthusiastic audiences eager to see the Cliburn winners perform live in concert. Media exposure will be generated through a live webcast of the Competition, as well as a documentary film, commercial recordings produced and distributed by harmonia mundi usa, and radio broadcasts.

By reserving winners prior to the Competition, presenters have priority in selecting their preferred artist and date at a pre-determined fee. There is no October obligation for a formal contract until all parties 16 Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center (New York, NY) reach a mutual agreement following the Competition. 20 Youngstown Symphony Society (OH) For more information about presenting a Cliburn november winner, please contact Sandra Doan, director 4 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Artspree (AR) of artistic planning, at or march 817.738.6536. For engagements outside of 16 Germantown Performing Arts Center (TN) North America for the gold medalist, contact Naomi Ives at


Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Approximately 120 pianists from around the world will be selected from hundreds of applicants, ages 18 to 30, to perform in one of the Screening Auditions, to take place in January and February of 2013. The five-member screening jury will travel to six locations around the world to hear each applicant perform a 40-minute recital before a live audience. On March 5, 2013, 30 pianists will be invited to compete in the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to be held May 24–June 9, 2013, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall. Screening Jury

John Giordano Andrea Bonatta Richard Dyer

Yoheved Kaplinsky Blanca Uribe



Hong Kong, China Hannover, Germany Moscow, Russia Milan, Italy New York City Fort Worth

January 4 – 6 January 8 –13 January 15 –18 January 21–25 February 11–17 February 20 –23

Maestro Leonard Slatkin Maestro Leonard Slatkin has made regular appearances over the last two decades with virtually every major international orchestra and opera company, and is praised by critics and audiences around the world for his imaginative programming and interpretations of a vast range of repertoire. He was named music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, France, beginning with the 2011–2012 season. He became music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2008–2009, following longtime tenures as music director at the National Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. His many distinguished awards include seven Grammy® Awards and the National Medal of Arts, the United States’ highest honor for a performing artist.

Brentano String Quartet

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director

With a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses the entire 200-year catalogue of traditional quartet music, the Brentano String Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Since its inception in 1992, the Quartet has appeared in the world’s most prestigious venues to popular and critical acclaim. Its numerous awards include the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 1996, the ensemble was invited by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be an inaugural member of Chamber Music Society Two, a program that has become a coveted distinction for chamber groups. The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the United Kingdom with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut.

For more than 100 years, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) has remained a celebrated cultural fixture in the North Texas community. Its worldclass musicians and internationally recognized music director, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, have become known for their outstanding performances of symphonic and pops music with a wide range of talented artists. Today, the orchestra is one of the most successful in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 250,000— including 45,000 for its successful Concerts in the Garden outdoor summer music festival. In 2008, the FWSO made its Carnegie Hall debut, receiving rave reviews from both the Dallas/Fort Worth and New York press. Additionally, the orchestra is admired nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations, including the Fort Worth Opera, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, and the Children’s Education Program of Bass Performance Hall.

“The Cliburn Competition is one of the most prestigious piano events in the world. To be a part of the process is a great honor. I look forward to working with the orchestra as well as the talents who participate.” 4

Richard W. Rodriguez

Peter Schaaf

David Dietz/Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Collaborators

– Leonard Slatkin

Jurors John Giordano

Chairman (United States)

Yoheved Kaplinsky (Israel) Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky is the chairperson of the Piano Department at The Juilliard School and professor of piano at TCU. One of the world’s foremost teachers, she has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, and was appointed artistic director of Juilliard’s Pre-College Division in 2007. She frequently adjudicates in international competitions such as the Cleveland, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, and Cliburn (2001, 2005, 2009).

Liu Shih Kun (China)

Director emeritus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where he was music director for 28 seasons, Maestro John Giordano has served as chairman of the jury for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1973. Other distinctions include Distinguished Fellow in Music, TCU; music director, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra; founder, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra; and director emeritus, Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth, among many others.

Chinese pianist Liu Shih Kun won third prize at the Liszt Competition in 1956 and second prize at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958. After a six-year incarceration during China’s cultural revolution, he went on to become one of the country’s legendary pianists. Since 1964, he has served as the representative of the National People’s Congress and deputy chief of the Art Council of China’s Cultural Department, among other national roles.

Dmitri Alexeev (Russia)

Minoru Nojima (Japan)

A Moscow native and graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Dmitri Alexeev was unanimously awarded first prize at the 1975 Leeds International Competition. A sought-after soloist and collaborator, he has toured extensively, performing in the world’s finest venues, and boasts an extensive discography. Mr. Alexeev has served on many major competition juries, including the Cliburn (2009), Leeds, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Santander, Geneva, and others.

The 1969 Cliburn silver medalist and one of Japan’s most internationally respected pianists, Minoru Nojima has performed all over the world. Now the president of the Tokyo School of Music, he has served as chairperson for the Sendai International Music Competition since its inception, and as a Cliburn juror (1981, 1985, 1989). In 2006, a piano competition for gifted young Japanese pianists was established in his name.

Michel Beroff (France) A Paris Conservatory graduate, Michel Beroff took top prize at the first Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition in 1967, and went on to perform with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with Martha Argerich, Jean-Philippe Collard, Lynn Harrell, and Barbara Hendricks. He has made more than 50 recordings and currently teaches at the Paris Conservatory. He served as a juror for the 2009 Cliburn Competition.

Andrea Bonatta (Italy) Born in Bolzano, Italy, Andrea Bonatta concertizes extensively, with recent recital and conducting engagements across Europe and Asia. He has served as artistic advisor and jury chairman for the International “F. Busoni” Piano Competition, as well as on the juries of the Bolzano, Ettlingen, Moscow, Shanghai, Utrecht, Weimar, and Cleveland competitions. Mr. Bonatta was also a vice president of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Richard Dyer (United States)

Menahem Pressler (United States) Menahem Pressler has been one of the world’s most esteemed musicians for more than six decades, touring extensively since winning the Debussy Competition at age 17. He is the founder of the Beaux Arts Trio; received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gramophone magazine; is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and has received highest cultural and civilian honors from France and Germany. He has served on five previous Cliburn juries (1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009).

Blanca Uribe (Colombia) Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Blanca Uribe graduated magna cum laude from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna and from The Juilliard School in New York, where she completed her postgraduate studies with Martin Canin and Madame Rosinna Lhevinne. She enjoys a busy performance schedule and has served on the juries of the Gina Bachauer, Honens, Beethoven, Busoni, and Cleveland competitions, among others. She is the 1966 Cliburn bronze medalist.

Arie Vardi (Israel)

Richard Dyer was chief music critic for The Boston Globe for 33 years, publishing more than 12,000 pieces, including interviews with many leading pianists of the past three decades. Mr. Dyer is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for distinguished music criticism and a former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. This is his fourth appearance on the Cliburn Competition jury (2001, 2005, 2009).

Israeli-born Arie Vardi has received international acclaim as one of the country’s foremost pianists. In addition to his robust concert career, he teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, and at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. More than 30 of his students have won first prizes in international competitions. He is the artistic advisor and chairman of the jury for the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Joseph Kalichstein (Israel)

Xian Zhang (China)

Tel Aviv-born pianist Joseph Kalichstein won the 1969 Leventritt Award and has since enthralled audiences as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician with a notably diverse repertoire. He is the chamber music advisor to the Kennedy Center, the artistic director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, and the chamber music chair at The Juilliard School. He served as a juror during the 2005 and 2009 Cliburn Competitions.

Trained at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, conductor Xian Zhang is the music director of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and artistic director of the NJO/Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy, and was previously associate conductor for the New York Philharmonic. She is in high demand as a guest conductor, and has led Washington’s National, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, as well as the English National and De Nederlandse Operas.


Cliburn in the Community Van Cliburn Foundation

This year, the Cliburn continues to reach across the North Texas community with complimentary concerts, the Musical Awakenings® education program, and free piano lessons for children. Such landmark programming allows the Cliburn to introduce audiences of all ages to the joys of classical music. Cliburn Musical Awakenings host Shields-Collins Bray and pianist John Solomons present the Dances in Music program to students at M. H. Moore Elementary School.

CLIBURN COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPONSORS 2011–2012 Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County: Musical Awakenings is supported by a Neighborhood Arts Program grant • The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. • BBVA Compass Foundation • Chesapeake Energy Corporation • Colonial Country Club Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas • Elizabeth L. and Russell F. Hallberg Foundation • Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation • The Gary Patterson Foundation • JPMorgan Chase Foundation • Lowe Foundation • Target • Texas Commission on the Arts • Texas Women for the Arts / Texas Cultural Trust • Virginia and Robert Hobbs Charitable Trust • Wells Fargo

The Cliburn will host three community concerts this fall, all featuring 2009 Cliburn competitor Spencer Myer. These events, free and open to the public, will take place in venues across Tarrant County. Performances will include a collaboration with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; a return visit to the Trinity Terrace Retirement Community; and, for the first time, a concert in Westlake, Texas. This fall, Musical Awakenings enters its 13th season of providing free, curriculum-based music education to

students in the second, third, and fourth grades. Each year, the Cliburn presents 125 programs to more than 30,000 children throughout North Texas. As they sing, move, and play games, these youngsters explore a new, exciting world filled with music and discovery. The 2012–2013 school year marks eight seasons of weekly piano lessons for outstanding Musical Awakenings students in the Fort Worth Independent School District. Now in their second of four years of lessons underwritten by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the current group of 12 third graders recently returned to their keyboards. They are hard at work, adding new skills to those already mastered. At the end of the year, the children will give recitals for family and friends. The Cliburn is proud to invest in giving a new generation the opportunity to experience the wonder of classical music.

KERA Partners with the Cliburn to Present

The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold Rob McAvoy/Van Cliburn Foundation

On September 28, 2012, local PBS affiliate KERA aired The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold, a retrospective documentary celebrating a half-century of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Foundation. Produced and directed by award-winning director Peter Rosen, the documentary examines the competition from the perspective of the Cliburn’s 15 gold medalists, while chronicling five decades of one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions.

Mary Anne Alhadeff, KERA President and CEO, with Cliburn Chairman Carla Thompson

“KERA is proud to be the presenting station for The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold...KERA is thrilled to celebrate this historic milestone year in the competition’s history and honor Van Cliburn for his longstanding contribution to the world of music.” – Mary Anne Alhadeff, KERA President and CEO

For 35 years, KERA has collaborated with the Cliburn to produce, distribute, and market documentaries that give audiences a glimpse into the inner workings of what has been dubbed the world’s premier piano competition. With generous support from KERA, the Cliburn filmed its first feature-length documentary during the Fifth Competition in 1977. Produced and directed by Mitchell Johnson, the precedent-setting documentary showcased outstanding performances, as well as never-before-seen footage from backstage. Since that time, the Cliburn has continued to produce documentaries for each subsequent competition, airing them nationally on public television stations for millions of people across the United States.

The Cliburn and KERA have worked together to produce 10 documentaries to date: Contest to Carnegie Hall: The 1977 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; The Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; The Seventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; Here to Make Music; A Life in Music; Playing with Fire; Playing on the Edge; In the Heart of Music; A Surprise in Texas; and The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold. Multiple Concerto with James Conlon and Encore! with James Conlon series were also produced. Since its inception in 1969, PBS has evolved into a multiplatform leader in television, radio, and Internet broadcasts. A private, nonprofit corporation, PBS comprises 350 member stations that produce original programming to educate, inform, and inspire the American public. PBS and its affiliates reach nearly 123 million people nationally each month. The Cliburn has enjoyed its longstanding partnership with KERA and looks forward to continuing this collaboration. Such a valuable relationship allows the Cliburn to fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in classical music worldwide, as it reaches new and seasoned music lovers via local and national PBS broadcasts.

Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest Winner Named Kristin Anderson

On August 14, 2012, Kristin Anderson was named winner of the third Cliburn Amateur Piano Video Contest—a victory that earns her a spot in the seventh International Piano Competition for Outstanding TM Amateurs in May 2015. Ms. Anderson is an organizational performancetraining consultant for Michaels Stores, Inc. She lives in Irving, Texas, with her husband, Jim. Ms. Anderson became interested in the contest after attending the Amateur Competition Winners’ Concert earlier this year. She explains, “Attending the Amateur Competition Winners’ Concert in April provided the inspiration that was needed to re-kindle the passion I have for beautiful classical piano music…I left the concert with a new passion to perform and a determination that if these busy people can do it, then I can also.”


“Ms. Anderson’s drive, talent, and history of life achievements exemplify what the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs is about,” observes Alann Sampson, Cliburn interim president and CEO. “This competition is designed to celebrate the importance of music-making as a vital part of daily life, and Ms. Anderson embodies this mission beautifully.” The online contest received entries from 38 amateur pianists, ages 35 and over, representing 15 states and 7 foreign countries. Among the professions represented were scientists, attorneys, engineers, and writers. Online audiences from around the world watched the videos, logging more than 23,000 views and 5,481 votes. Ms. Anderson’s performance remains on the Cliburn’s YouTube channel at


As we reflect on our 50th Anniversary year and the events and projects that we celebrated, anticipation is already building for the Fourteenth Competition. We received applications from pianists all over the world, and we have now started the process to determine which of them will be traveling to Fort Worth next May to compete. The Cliburn proudly presents its International Piano Competition every four years to discover young artists and provide support in advancing their professional careers. The Fort Worth community embraces this event, working together with the staff and volunteers to bring the competition to life. The support of many of you— volunteers, musicians, subscribers, and donors—helps distinguish the competition worldwide, and nearly three weeks of celebrating this music fosters meaningful new friendships. If you are not involved and would like to be, we invite you to join us. One of the projects the board has been working on diligently this year is a new Strategic Plan. Six committees, consisting of more than 40 committee members all together and each representing a goal of the Strategic Plan, have been meeting to review the current plan and generate fresh and invigorating ideas to guide the Cliburn in the years to come. These committees include staff, board members, 180˚ members, and other community leaders. The final draft soon will be completed, and we look forward to an implementation phase and a promising future.

Rob McAvoy/Van Cliburn Foundation

From the

Carla Thompson and Alann Sampson pose with the 50th Anniversary Honor Roll, dedicated to those who supported the Cliburn's yearlong celebration.

Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has kept technology a priority throughout its development. Now, to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, the Cliburn has launched a new Web site. Visit to see the new format with fresh graphics, improved navigation, and more information than previously available. Additional functions will be added between now and the Competition, so stay tuned. The new platform will provide easier access to all Competition news and the live webcast. If you are unable to join us at Bass Hall, the webcast will be a wonderful alternative. Find us on Facebook and Twitter too! I’m looking forward to seeing each of you at the upcoming Cliburn Concerts performances. Mark your calendars now for the remaining events! You will not want to miss these amazing artists—we have a wonderful year ahead of us. Thanks to each of you for your support of the Cliburn.

Shirley and Wes Turner Sustaining the Cliburn in Perpetuity Longtime Cliburn board member Wesley R. Turner and his wife Shirley recently made a significant contribution to the Van Cliburn Endowment Trust. Such generosity helps secure a solid financial Shirley and Wes Turner foundation for the Cliburn, in addition to ensuring the continuation of its core programs. Mr. Turner remarks, “The Cliburn helps promote and manage the careers of the world’s best young pianists and educate the children in our community. The endowment is critical, and no arts organization can survive without a strong one. We need to make sure the Cliburn is still the same 100 years from now.” Mr. Turner first got involved with the Cliburn in 1997 when he was named publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was invited to serve on the Cliburn’s board of directors. He remembers, “I was drawn to the Cliburn at first out of job responsibility, but soon became a big fan of the organization, the competition, and especially Van.”

“It is important to be involved because the Cliburn is the signature event that puts Fort Worth on the world stage.” The Cliburn deeply appreciates Shirley and Wes Turner’s generous endowment contribution, and remains honored for their ongoing support and service. We invite you to join them by making a gift that will guarantee the fulfillment of the Cliburn’s mission in perpetuity. Please contact Lindy Eubank at, or by calling 817.738.6536 if you would like to learn more about sustaining the Cliburn for future generations.

Designed for arts enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, Cliburn 180° pairs lively social events with classical music performances, fundraising, and community outreach. The group opened 2012–2013 with a party at Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana in August. The next event saw members enjoying cocktails at the Capital Grille before the 50th Anniversary Gold Medalists Concert on September 6.

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In the 15 years that Mr. Turner has served as a Cliburn board member, he has seen a notable increase in the energy and excitement the competition generates throughout the community every four years. He particularly applauds how the Cliburn supports competition winners with three years of career management. Mr. Turner is confident that their endowment gift will help maintain this important facet of the Cliburn Competition as it serves its winners and the global music community.

In addition to these social gatherings, Cliburn 180° members are currently raising $18,000, which will provide a $1,000 cash prize to each Fourteenth Competition competitor who does not advance past the Preliminary Round. Many have also volunteered to serve as social hosts for the 30 competitors. Social hosts provide peer support while giving competitors a chance to explore Fort Worth beyond the concert hall. The group is planning several more events for spring 2013 in conjunction with the Fourteenth Competition. Don’t miss out on the fun! Join Cliburn 180° and help sustain the Cliburn and preserve Fort Worth’s rich cultural tradition. For more information, visit


Kaydee Bailey Ken Barr Harry Bartel Cornelia Blake Janann Cowden Kim Darden W. Craig Diebel Ann Hudson Dee J. Kelly, Jr.

Jeff King Marsha Kleinheinz Kyle Mabry Shannon Ray Alann Sampson Thomas Smith Carla Thompson Bill Tucker Wes Turner

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April 6, 2013

Saturday concerts begin at 2:00 PM

Joshua Bell, violin

Monday, february 18, 2013

cliburn at the modern

Radu Lupu, piano

Monday, January 28, 2013

Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello

Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin;

Brentano String Quartet

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM

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Yeol eum Son, piano

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Cliburn News: Fall 2012  

The Cliburn prepares for the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.

Cliburn News: Fall 2012  

The Cliburn prepares for the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.