1999 VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION FOR OUTSTANDING
The Van Cliburn Foundation, presenter of the famous Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition, launches its first ever International
Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, June 9th-13th, on the campus
of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.
Presented in collaboration with the highly successful Concours des
Grands Amateurs de Piano, founded in 1989 by Gerard Bekerman and held
annually in Paris, the competition is open to anyone (minimum age thirty)
for whom making music is more than a vocation but less than an occupation.
All competitors will be considered amateurs in the best sense of that word,
not as those who 'dabble', but who have engaged in the study of music as
a serious pastime rather than as a profession - sometimes having had to
make a choice between their profession and their potential career as a concert
The Jury for the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs
will be chaired by John Giordano, Chairman of the Jury for the Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition and Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra, with the participation of Gerard Bekerman, professor of Economics
at the University of Paris. Other members will include distinguished music
faculty from the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University,
Texas Christian University, and the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, as well
as music critics and other notable industry professionals.
All performances will take place on the campus of Texas Christian University
(former home of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition) and will
be open to the public. Practice facilities and instruments will be accessible
to the 94 selected competitors during the week of the Competition.
The Van Cliburn Foundation is principally known for the Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas since 1962.
Today the Van Cliburn Competition is a joyous festival dedicated to the
discovery and nurturing of the world's finest young pianists (the Eleventh
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is scheduled from May 25th to
June 10th 2001).
Preliminary Round (June 9th-11th)
Applicants will present a work or works of their choice not to
exceed a total of ten minutes.
Semifinal Round (June 12th)
Up to eighteen semifinalists will present a programme not to exceed a
total of twenty minutes.
Final Round (June 13th)
Six finalists will present a programme not to exceed thirty minutes (works
from the preliminary and semifinal rounds may be repeated).
'Competitors are free to choose their own programmes for all phases of
the competition; however, it is suggested that the repertory reflect a variety
of musical styles, periods, and composers. Separate movements of larger
works will be accepted but must be performed in their entirety. Works do
not have to be memorized.'
The First Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $2,000
Other prizes will be awarded to finalists at the Jury's discretion
The TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute presents its Amateurs Programme
June 1st-9th and June 14th-22nd to coincide with the Amateur Competition.
Designed for all piano enthusiasts from many diverse professional backgrounds,
this programme offers an opportunity to perform in masterclass with internationally
renowned artists and teachers. Several participants will also be selected
to perform with a professional chamber orchestra.
For more information about the Van Cliburn Foundation
and its various activities, contact:
Van Cliburn Foundation, 2525 Ridgmar Boulevard, Suite 307,
Fort Worth, TX, 76116, U.S.A.
visit the Van Cliburn Foundation's web-site at
For more information about the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute,
TCU Box 297456, Fort Worth, TX, 76129, U.S.A.
You may also telephone the Institute on +1 (817) 257-7456,
or FAX on +1 (817) 921-9873, or e-mail direct
Make a Date
Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
May 25th to June 10th 2001
first won in 1962 by Ralph Votapek, U.S.A.
last won in 1997 by Jon Nakamatsu, U.S.A.
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