Just as Van Cliburn did when he returned from winning the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow and started his own in Texas, so one of his laureates has followed his lead.
Olga Kern, joint winner of the gold medal at the Cliburn in 2001, has just presided over the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, together with the New Mexico Philharmonic.
The winner of the inaugural contest was Chen Guang, 22, from China, now living in Italy. He takes home $11,000 and a chance to make a recording on the Steinway label.
Second was Anna Dmytrenko, 24, from Ukraine and now living in Germany.
Third was Anastasiya Naplekova, 32, from Ukraine, now living in Florida.
Fourth was Joshua Rupley, 23, from Albuquerque, N.M. and now living in Germany.