The 16th edition of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be broadcast live online June 2-18 from Fort Worth, Texas. The Cliburn has been a pioneer from the earliest days of webcasting, and it continues to innovate and expand this vital program.
Free streaming is available at Cliburn.org, as well as cliburn.medici.tv and youtube.com/thecliburn. Audience participation at these sites is also available to vote for the Carla and Kelly Thompson People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will receive a cash prize of $2,500 at the awards ceremony on June 18. In China, the full stream will be available on amadeus.tv. The number of viewers is expected to reach 10 million. For premium services, see below.
Of 388 pianists who wished to participate, 72 were accepted for the pre-selection auditions held in March. For the preliminary round, from June 2 to 4, 30 competitors will present a 40-minute recital, including a short work commissioned by Stephen Hough, beginning at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
There will be 18 competitors in the quarter-final round from June 5-6, each performing a 40-minute program, in the same times as the preliminary rounds.
The semi-finals will follow from June 8-12, with 60-minute programs with 12 competitors of a Mozart concerto, with the Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.
In the final round, six competitors perform two concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by Marin Alsop, on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and June 17 at 3 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 18.
The jury is made up of Marin Alsop, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Alessio Bax, Rico Gulda, Andreas Haefliger, Wu Han, Stephen Hough and Anne-Marie McDermott.
Outstanding among international music competitions, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition began in 1962 in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision of using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries. Every four years, the Cliburn invites top pianists ages 18-30 to compete in front of live audiences in Fort Worth as well as global audiences online. Beyond cash prizes, earning a Cliburn Medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support and enhanced publicity efforts for the next three years.
Between competitions, the Cliburn contributes to the cultural landscape with more than 170 classical music performances for 150,000 participants through competitions, free community concerts and its Cliburn Concert Series.
It features more than a thousand interactive music education programs at “Cliburn in the Classroom” school for more than 200,000 elementary school students in North Texas. During the same period, it garnered worldwide attention with over eight million visits from 170 countries for live concerts and competition webcasts; 300 concerts reserved worldwide for the competition winners; more than 5,000 press articles on the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations.
The Cliburn will become the world’s first music competition to be broadcast in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range, for higher contrast or color range between the lightest and darkest tones of an image); an immersive program around the performances that gives viewers behind-the-scenes access and commentary; and the widest selection of ways to watch of any classical music competition.
For a premium service, the contest will be available on the HFYI App on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV and Roku. Subscription packages cost $90 for six months and $125 for a year. The 2022 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (October 12-18, 2022) and the 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 8-17, 2023) will also be available live and on demand with active subscriptions .