FORT WORTH, Texas, January 30, 2014—The Cliburn, with Sundance Square, will host a special memorial concert in honor of its inspiration and namesake, Van Cliburn, onThursday, February 27, 2014—the one-year anniversary of his passing. The tribute will be held in the new Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature recitals by eight Cliburn Competition award winners:
Alexander Kobrin, 2005 gold medalist
Simone Pedroni, 1993 gold medalist
José Feghali, 1985 gold medalist
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, 2001 silver medalist
Maxim Philippov, 2001 silver medalist
Yakov Kasman, 1997 silver medalist
Alexey Koltakov, 2001 finalist
Steven Lin, 2013 jury discretionary award winner
Performance times and repertoire to be announced.
The concert will be free and open for all to attend in Fort Worth, as well as streamed live online at Cliburn.org.
“Van was a member of the Fort Worth community who belonged to the world,” said Carla Thompson, Cliburn chairman of the board. “The Cliburn Board of Directors is hosting this event to celebrate his incomparable life and indelible spirit, not only for those attending the concert in person, but for all of his admirers and friends around the globe. Anyone can join us online for the live streaming—a true international memorial.”
“Van believed strongly in the encouragement of young talent, and the artists that will play each personally benefited from his inspiration,” said Jacques Marquis, president and CEO of the Cliburn. “He also had a lifelong commitment to sharing music with as many people as possible, so the partnership with Sundance Square to hold this event in their magnificent, public space is perfect.”