Kazak, 17, wins Cliburn

Kazak, 17, wins Cliburn


norman lebrecht

June 29, 2015

press releae:

Fort Worth, Texas, June 28, 2015—At the end of seven days of inspiring performances from 23 young, elite pianists from all over the world, Jon Nakamatsu, chairman of the jury for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 21-28, 2015), at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, announced the winners on Sunday night from the Ed Landreth Auditorium stage.

The First Prize winner is Alim Beisembayev, 17, Kazakhstan.

The Second Prize Winner is Arsenii Mun, 16, Russia.

The Third Prize Winner is Youlan Ji, 16, China.

Alim Beisembayev, the First Prize winner, will receive a cash award of $10,000 cash plus $2,000 scholarship.



  • Student Father says:

    No mention of which school Alim attends?
    Why am I not surprised [redacted]!

    Last year a student wins the BBC Young Musician of the Year, now another wins the Cliburn.

    Well done Purcell School , they must be doing something right.
    And of course well done Alim, what a fantastic achievement.

  • anon says:

    17? why isn’t this kid in Tchaikovsky Competition already?

    • Yasmine says:

      Probably just not ready for that level. Better he win the Cliburn Junior than not win TCH15. I hope we see him at TCH16. I hope we see some of the other Cliburn Junior competitors there as well. A few more years under their belts, I’m sure they will all be TCH-ready.

  • Yasmine says:

    I was rooting for Youlan Ji but I’ll admit Baisembayev’s and Munn’s concertos were superior. I was also rooting for Wei Luo and was sad she didn’t make it to the final round but I think I understand why. I trust the jury. I did love Luo’s style, very powerful, and it’s amazing that she could perform the entire Prokofiev 7th sonata and Ravel’s La Valse, both goosebump-inducing. I think the jury was on the lookout for high level of technique and finesse. I appreciate other opinions if you care to share.