|Fifteenth Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition Gold Medalist
|Saturday, July 22 at
|Sponsored in-part by
Lynda & Grady Shropshire
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Distinguished as the best among
the best, the winner of this summer’s quadrennial Van
Cliburn International Piano Competition will shine in
the Spencer spotlights just a month after winning the
most grueling piano contest in the world.
won’t know who that person is until early June when the
amazing young talent is awarded in a lavish ceremony at
Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.
competition, which reaps prestige and lucrative
recording contracts for the Gold Medalist, is open to
pianists 30-years-old and younger from countries
throughout the world. The first phase of the competition
took place in October, 2016, and after much culling of
the 200+ applicants at recital performances
held in the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, New York
and Fort Worth, 30 finalist- competitors will be
selected and then reduced to an ultimate six who
face-off for Gold in 17-days
of astounding artistry.
The 2017 winner will be the 15th in the history of
the Van Cliburn competition, an exhilarating challenge
that was created in 1962 to recognize Fort Worth native
Van Cliburn, the young American who won the first
Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, at the
height of the Cold War. The young Cliburn returned home
to a ticker tape parade in New York City, the only one
ever given for a classical musician. (Time Magazine
called him “The Texan Who Conquered Russia.”)
addition to this Spencer performance, the 2017 Gold
Medalist will perform at Carnegie Hall and wins
three-years of commission-free career management, and a
grand tour of solo recitals and concerts with the
world’s great orchestras and chamber groups.
Concert program at the Spencer is:
Schubert Sonata in C Minor D. 958
- intermission -
Grainger "Ramble on the last Love-duet"
from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier
Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 36
Ravel La Valse.