Van Cliburn Foundation turns 50 with digital archive, PBS broadcast, book

Posted on: February 13, 2012

The Van Cliburn Foundation kicked off the first of several 50th-anniversary events with a January 25 free concert featuring 2009 silver medalist Yeol Eum Son performing a selection works commissioned by the Cliburn, including pieces by Barber, Bernstein, Bolcom, and Copland. In March, the Cliburn will launch its new website and digital archives; in the fall, a documentary directed by Peter Rosen will air on PBS; and December will see the release of a commemorative book by Richard Dyer, former classical-music critic of the Boston Globe. Other events include an April concert featuring the 2002, 2007, and 2011 winners of the Amateur Competition Winners Concert at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; and a September concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, featuring the four finalists in this year’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to be announced in March. Details on each of these events will be released as they become available. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is held every four years, with the next one scheduled for May 24 to June 9, 2013 in Fort Worth. For more information on the Cliburn’s anniversary year, visit

Posted February 13, 2012