The Cliburn's 2012-13 Season

The Van Cliburn Foundation's 50th season will celebrate their past, and feature Joshua Bell, Radu Lupu, Brentano String Quartet and musical theater songwriter John Bucchino.

published Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To the world, the Van Cliburn Foundation means the internationally famous competitions, one for the best young pianists in the world and the other for equally talented amateurs.  Local audiences know that there is much more to the Cliburn offerings, namely the Cliburn Concert season. Every year, they present a stellar series at Bass Hall and an intimate encounter with a composer at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. The organization's recently announced 50th Anniversary season reaches into the past and looks forward to the future.

This retrospective theme starts in the Bass Hall series with an alpha-to-omega pairing. Radu Lupu, who won the second Cliburn Competition in 1966 (and has a Grammy), will play a recital on Jan. 29, 2013, while Yeol eum Son, silver medalist in the most recent competition (2009), will be featured on March 12, 2013. In between, superstar violinist Joshua Bell will play a recital on Feb. 18, 2012.

The Bass Hall series will open with four gold medalists in one concert: Ralph Votapek (1962), André-Michel Schub (1981), Alexander Kobrin (2005) and Haochen Zhang (2009).  They will play a program of works for multiple pianos by Bach. The Brentano String Quartet, who will play in the chamber music part of the Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, will play a solo concert in November.

The series at the Modern will feature three composers. Derek Bermel, who is also a clarinetist, draws on classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, and gospel influences. He will appear in October. Artists as different as Yo-Yo Ma, Art Garfunkel and Deborah Voigt have preformed John Bucchino's music (he was also celebrated by Dallas' Theatre Three in 2011). His concert will be in January. Dallas native Christopher Theofanidis, who will supply the commissioned composition for the upcoming Cliburn Competition, will appear in April.

Of course, the big kahuna is the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place May 24-June 9, 2013.

Here is the complete schedule.


All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall, located at 4th & Calhoun Streets in downtown Fort Worth.

Thursday, September 6, 2012-50th Anniversary Gold Medalists Concert

Tuesday, November 13, 2012-Brentano String Quartet

Monday, January 28, 2013-Radu Lupu, piano

Monday, February 18, 2013-Joshua Bell, violin

Tuesday, March 12, 2013-Yeol eum Son, piano



All performances begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, located at 3200 Darnell Street in Fort Worth's Cultural District.

Saturday, October 13, 2012-Derek Bermel, composer

Saturday, January 19, 2013-John Bucchino, composer

Saturday, April 6, 2013-Christopher Theofanidis, composer



All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

featuring Ralph Votapek (1962), André-Michel Schub (1981), Alexander Kobrin (2005), and Haochen Zhang (2009)

with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

This definitive celebration of the Cliburn's 50th Anniversary will feature four gold medalists-spanning the half century of the competition's history-together on stage for an extraordinary concert experience. They will join the Fort Worth Symphony under the baton of its much sought-after music director, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, to perform a specially-crafted program of concerti.

Program: BACH Concerto for Four Pianos in A minor, BWV 1065; POULENC Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra; MENDELSSOHN Concerto No. 2 in A-flat major for Two Pianos and Orchestra


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The New York Times extols its "luxuriously warm sound" and "yearning lyricism," and the Philadelphia Inquirer praises its "seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture." Welcome them to Fort Worth just six months before they take the Bass Hall stage again to perform with each semifinalist of the Fourteenth Cliburn Competition.

Program to be announced.

RADU LUPU, piano

1966 Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist

Monday, January 28, 2013

Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. Since winning the Second Cliburn Competition in 1966 and the Leeds Piano Competition in 1969, Mr. Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. A Grammy® Award winner, he has made more than 20 recordings for London/Decca.

Program: FRANCK Prelude, Chorale and Fugue; SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, Op. 142; DEBUSSY Preludes, Book II


Monday, February 18, 2013

Joshua Bell enchants audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty, earning him the title "classical music superstar." An Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America's 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, he is the newly named music director for The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Mr. Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader, and composer.

Program to be announced.


2009 Cliburn Competition Silver Medalist

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Yeol eum Son's graceful interpretations, crystalline touch, and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide since her 2009 triumph at the Thirteenth Cliburn Competition, where she claimed both the Silver Medal and the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music. Most recently, she took second prize at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Music Competition in Moscow, where she also received awards for Best Chamber Concerto Performance and Best Performance of a Commissioned Work.

Program: WEBER-LISZT Overture from the Opera Der Freischutz; SCHUBERT-GODOWSKY Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D. 343; Wiegenlied; MENDELSSOHN-RACHMANINOFF Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; STRAUSS-TAUSIG Man lebt nur einmal, Op. 167; BEETHOVEN 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120


All performances begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

DEREK BERMEL, composer

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity and theatricality. His works draw from a rich variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, and gospel. Currently serving as composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and creative adviser to the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Bermel has received commissions from many of the world's top orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

American composer John Bucchino's songs have been performed and recorded by renowned pop, theatre, cabaret, and classical artists including Liza Minnelli, Judy Collins, Yo-Yo Ma, Art Garfunkel, Patti LuPone, Deborah Voigt, Michael Feinstein, Audra McDonald, The Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, and The White House. The program will feature performances of Mr. Bucchino's work by Fort Worth Opera's Studio Artists.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

A native of Dallas, Texas, Christopher Theofanidis is one of the most widely-performed American composers today. A Grammy Award nominee, he writes regularly for a variety of musical genres, from orchestral and chamber music to opera and ballet, and was commissioned in 1998 to write Fanfare Rising for the opening of Bass Performance Hall. His work, Rainbow Body, has been programmed by over 120 orchestras internationally. He has been commissioned to compose a new solo piano work to be performed by each semifinalist in the 2013 Cliburn Competition.


The Van Cliburn Foundation disseminates classical music worldwide, and nurtures and launches young artists' careers through the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the ensuing three-year international concert tours of its medalists, award-winning documentaries, radio broadcasts, and a live webcast that extends its outreach to listeners around the world. In 2009, over 2,857,573 total streams were delivered to viewers from 157 countries/territories.

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 assuming the post in 1973.

For audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the Van Cliburn Foundation promotes great music and world-class artists through the annual Cliburn Concerts series. It reaches 33,000 elementary school students annually with the education programs of Musical Awakenings. In 1999, it established the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™, which The Boston Globe proclaimed "a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what." The sixth Amateur Competition was held May 23-29, 2011, at Ed Landreth Auditorium on the campus of TCU. Thanks For Reading

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