Twenty-four competitors, ranging in age from 13 to 17, have been announced for the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, June 21-28 in Fort Worth, Texas. They include seven pianists from the U.S. and two from Canada, as well as competitors from China, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore, and Tajikistan. At the preliminary round, each pianist will perform a 20-minute recital to include a virtuosic étude and movement of a Classical sonata. The quarterfinal round will feature twelve competitors in a 30-minute recital to include a Bach prelude and fugue and a lyrical Romantic work; at the semifinal round six pianists will each perform a 40-minute recital featuring a modern/contemporary work and a concerto movement, with piano accompaniment. The last round will feature three finalists performing a complete concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by Mei-Ann Chen. The competition will take place at PepsiCo Recital Hall and Ed Landreth Auditorium on the campus of Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth. Winners receive prizes of cash and scholarship support. Performances will be webcast live at Cliburn.org.
Posted March 19, 2015