Eight winners to play Van Cliburn memorial concert

Eight winners to play Van Cliburn memorial concert


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2014

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.”



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  • Sanda Schuldmann says:

    GREAT! Hopefully you will let us know the streaming web address! Thank you in advance.

  • Hasbeen says:

    Which of these artists has achieved a true international career ?

  • Electra says:

    Good question, Hasbeen.