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Young Pianists Preparing for Cliburn Marathon


by Olin Chism 9 Dec 2008

Attention piano buffs: The first notes of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be played next month. Screening recitals will begin Jan. 15 in Shanghai and will continue in Hannover, St. Petersburg, Lugano, New York and Fort Worth through Feb. 24. The Cliburn organization has announced that 157 young pianists representing 37 countries […]

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Attention piano buffs: The first notes of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be played next month. Screening recitals will begin Jan. 15 in Shanghai and will continue in Hannover, St. Petersburg, Lugano, New York and Fort Worth through Feb. 24. The Cliburn organization has announced that 157 young pianists representing 37 countries will compete for 30 slots in the competition proper, which will be held May 22 through June 7 in Fort Worth. Local music-lovers should mark Feb. 21 through 24 on their calendars. That’s when the 24 Fort Worth auditioners will each present a 40-minute recital in TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium. The screening programs are open to the public, and unlike the competition proper, they’re free. For details, click here. Click on the link to each city to see the names of the auditioners and their repertoire.

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  • What continues to baffle me is that Dallas orchestras have never invited the Cliburn finalists to concerts here after the competition is over.
    If I was an impresario, I would invite all contestants to play at Dallas concerts a month or so after the competition. It’s a no brainer – the public would love it.
    Sometimes the obvious is the least obvious.