The Cliburn showcases extraordinary talent and promotes excellence in classical music though piano competitions, concerts, and educational programs.
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is the joyous discovery of the world's finest young pianists. The quadrennial Competition was established in honor of longtime Fort Worth resident Van Cliburn, winner of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.
The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place May - June in 2017, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. Continuing its longstanding commitment to emerging artists, the Cliburn has invited 30 of the world's finest pianists to compete 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.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the ClIburn also presents world-class artists in the annual Cliburn Concerts series, reaches over 33,000 elementary school students annually with the education programs of Musical Awakenings® and produces the International Piano Competition for Outstanding AmateursTM.