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Arts Online: The Cliburn

This week the Cliburn begins daily online experiences, with watch parties, Cliburn Kids, and Amateur Spotlight.

published Monday, March 30, 2020

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Millot
Vadym Kholodenko


Fort Worth — The Cliburn announces three new online initiatives to bring its worldwide community together virtually, in a safe and joyful space for us all, no matter age, culture, or physical location: Cliburn Watch Party, Cliburn Kids, and Cliburn Amateur Spotlight (details below). The daily schedule begins tomorrow, Monday, March 30. Weekly schedules will be announced each Sunday.

“Music can offer us all so much during this quarantine," said Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis. "With these new programs, you can reconnect with great Cliburn Competition performances, learn a few things with your children by listening to Cliburn Kids, and get inspired by the passion of our Cliburn Amateur pianists. Over the years, the Cliburn has broadcast and webcast many hundreds of hours of music. We are happy to connect with you and offer you these great moments of community."


Wednesdays & Saturdays – times to vary (to be announced each week, along with artists)
@thecliburn Facebook (reposted after at and YouTube/thecliburn)

Relive some of the best moments of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in a global watch party. Twice a week, we’ll host a Facebook premiere of a full recital or piano quintet from Cliburn Competitions past, complete with a special message from the featured artist. To launch this first week, we’ll feature our two most recent gold medalists: Vadym Kholodenko (2013) and Yekwon Sunwoo (2017).

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray
Mondays & Thursdays – 11 a.m. CDT
@thecliburn FacebookYouTubeInstagram +

For our youngest Cliburn friends! Take a break from at-home school studies to have some music fun, as we explore rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games. Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic advisor and co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom signature in-school program—will lead kids on short (7- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys, twice a week. (Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children; links to at-home supplemental activities will be provided as available.) Cliburn in the Classroom programs written by Dr. John Feierabend and Buddy Bray.


Tuesdays, Fridays, & Sundays – 4 p.m. CDT
@thecliburn FacebookYouTubeInstagram +
Our amateur pianists hold a special place in the Cliburn Family. Their commitment to music and music-making is extraordinary, as is their talent. The 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition has been rescheduled to 2022, but that won’t stop us from celebrating them. Three times a week, we’ll post a performance video submitted by the 72 who were accepted as competitors or festival participants.


MONDAY, MARCH 30 – 11 a.m. CDT
Cliburn Kids with Buddy Bray
Episode #1: "Pictures You Can Hear, Part 1"


TUESDAY, MARCH 31 – 4 p.m. CDT
Cliburn Amateur Spotlight
featuring Masanori Murakami
Clinical Research Associate from Tokyo, Japan - Age 35
LISZT  Spanish Rhapsody
BILL EVANS  Waltz for Debby


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 – Noon CDT (US Central) / 7 p.m. CEST (Central Europe)
Cliburn Watch Party
featuring 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko
Cliburn Competition Preliminary II Recital
BACH-SILOTI  Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a
BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109
STRAVINSKY  Trois mouvements de Petrouchka


Cliburn Kids with Buddy Bray
Episode #2: "Pictures You Can Hear, Part 2"


FRIDAY, APRIL 3 – 4 p.m. CDT
Cliburn Amateur Spotlight
featuring Filippo Tresca
International Tax Consultant from Barletta, Italy - Age 38
LISZT  Funérailles


SATURDAY, APRIL 4 – 8 p.m. CDT (US Central) / 10 a.m. KST (Korea)
Cliburn Watch Party
featuring 2017 Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo
Cliburn Competition Final Round Quintet
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 81 with the Brentano String Quartet


SUNDAY, APRIL 5 – 4 p.m. CDT
Cliburn Amateur Spotlight
featuring Ken Iisaka
Software Engineer from Foster City, California (representing Japan/Canada) - Age 51
CHOPIN  Barcarolle in F-sharp Minor, op. 60

The Cliburn appreciates the support of its global community during this time and takes comfort in joining our classical music colleagues in offering opportunities to enjoy music and interact online. We encourage all to follow us on FacebookInstagramYouTube, and Twitter.


The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (sixteenth edition, May 27–June 12, 2021) remains the most visible expression of that mission and is, as always, committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of emerging artists, ages 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully-produced webcasts and by providing comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for exceptional 13- to 17-year-old pianists (third edition, May–June 2023), and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older (eighth edition, rescheduled to spring 2022).

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series at Bass Performance Hall, the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Scat Jazz Lounge. It presents 1,000 Cliburn in the Classroom in-school, interactive music education programs for more than 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with over eight million visits from 170 nations for live concert and competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 5,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations. Thanks For Reading

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