See the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Auditions 5 January - 22 February, 2013


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As the Cliburn concludes its 50th anniversary celebration and looks toward the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (May 24–June 9, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas), 133 pianists from around the world will participate in Screening Auditions in Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the United States. Each applicant will perform a 40-minute recital featuring repertoire of the pianist’s choosing before a live audience and distinguished five-member jury. Screening Auditions will take place January 5–25 in Europe and Asia, and February 11–22 in the United States. All performances are free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled by the exceptional roster of international candidates that has emerged. The level of preparedness and artistry shown in the applications is impressive, and we are eager to hear what each pianist has to offer in this final stage of the application process,” commented Chairman of the Jury John Giordano. “Few other competitions offer applicants the opportunity to showcase their talent through the intimacy and immediacy of a live performance, and none as comprehensively as the Cliburn.”

In addition to Mr. Giordano (United States), the esteemed screening jury includes Andrea Bonatta (Italy), Richard Dyer (United States), Yoheved Kaplinsky (Israel), and Blanca Uribe (Colombia). The 133 applicants selected to audition for the Competition hail from 35 countries, with heaviest representation from China, Italy, Korea, Russia, and the United States.

From these Screening Auditions, 30 of the world’s finest pianists will be notified in March 2013 of their invitation to compete in Fort Worth for the coveted Cliburn medals, more than $175,000 in prizes and awards, and three years of commission-free career management valued at over $1.3 million.

“We give the competitors multiple platforms to present us with their artistic personality and communicative power,” said Cliburn Interim Executive Director Jacques Marquis. “The winners will be offered an unparalleled opportunity to build a meaningful concert career, and we are honored to be a part of launching them onto the world stage and celebrating classical music.”

Screening Auditions Schedule
Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Hong Kong, January 5–6
Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts
No. 1 Gloucester Road
Hong Kong 2584 8500

January 5, 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
January 6, 12:10 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Hannover, January 8–12
Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Emmichplatz 1,
30175 Hanover, Germany

January 8, 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
January 9, 1:50 p.m.–3:20 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
January 10, 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
January 11, 1:00 p.m.–3:20 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
January 12, 1:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Moscow, January 15–18
Moscow Conservatory, Rachmaninov Hall
Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, д. 13/6
г. Москва Russia 125009

January 15, 12:30 p.m.–4:40 p.m.
January 16, 12:00 p.m.–3:20 p.m.
January 17, 12:30 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
January 18, 12:30 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Milano, January, 21–25
Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo
Largo Mahler 20136
Milan, Italy

January 21, 2:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m.; 8:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
January 22, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; 8:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
January 23, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; 9:20 p.m.–10:50 p.m.
January 24, 3:00 p.m.–7:20 p.m.
January 25, 11:00 a.m.–2:20 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

New York, February 11–16
Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium
1230 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065

February 11, 11:00 a.m.–2:40 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
February 12, 12:00 p.m.–2:20 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.–10:20 p.m.
February 13, 10:50 a.m.–2:50 p.m.
February 14, 12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.–10:20 p.m.
February 15, 7:00 p.m.–10:20 p.m.
February 16, 12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Fort Worth, February 20–22
Texas Christian University, Ed Landreth Auditorium
2800 South University Drive 
Fort Worth, TX 76109

February 20, 2:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
February 21, 2:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
February 22, 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

All times subject to change.

Screening Audition Jury

JOHN GIORDANO, Chairman (United States) 
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.

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) 
Richard Dyer was chief music critic for The Boston Globe for 33 years, publishing more than 12,000 pieces, including interviews with most 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).

Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky is the chairperson of the Piano Department at The Juilliard School and a visiting 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, Dublin, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, and the Cliburn (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.

For additional information about and to purchase tickets for the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, please visit For those who cannot attend the Competition, all performances will be streamed live in their entirety and available on-demand at, making it possible for virtually anyone anywhere to experience the music.

The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place May 24–June 9, 2013, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall and will welcome 30 of the world's finest young pianists to Texas. Continuing its longstanding commitment to new music, the Cliburn has selected composer Christopher Theofanidis to write the commissioned work that will be performed by all competitors during the Semifinal Round. Additionally, the competition has been dedicated to showcasing both the extraordinary talent of its competitors in recital performance as well as their ability to collaborate with other musicians. The Fourteenth Competition will mark the first Cliburn appearance by the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet performing a piano quintet with each of the 12 semifinalists. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which has appeared at every Cliburn Competition, will perform two concerti with each of the six finalists, under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin for the first time. Maestro John Giordano will serve as chairman of the jury for his eleventh competition since he assumed the post in 1973.

The Cliburn disseminates classical music worldwide and nurtures and launches young artists’ careers through the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and ensuing three-year international concert tours of its medalists as well as award-winning documentaries, radio broadcasts, and a live webcast that extends outreach to listeners across the globe.

For audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the Cliburn promotes great music and world-class artists through the annual Cliburn Concerts series. It reaches 34,000 elementary school students annually with the education programs of Musical Awakenings®. In 1999, it established the International Piano Competition for Outstanding AmateursTM, which The Boston Globe proclaimed “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what.” The seventh Amateur Competition will be held May 2015 at Ed Landreth Auditorium on the campus of TCU.

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