The esteemed pianist-composer Gabriela Montero has been announced as a member of the jury for The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The prestigious competition will be held from May 27 – June 12, 2021 at both the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

Widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners every four years. Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honour of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks, with each edition, to achieve the highest artistic standards while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach. The world’s top 18- to 30-year-old pianists compete for gold in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a global online viewership of over 5 million. Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.

Ms Montero’s fellow jury members include conductor Marin Alsop (jury chairperson), pianists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Rico Gulda, Andreas Haefliger, Wu Han, Stephen Hough, Anne-Marie McDermott, Orli Shaham and Lilya Zilberstein

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