14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, May 22 - June 9, 2013

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  1. UMBS Go Blue

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    Starting a thread for this year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which happens every 4 years and, besides being known as the Olympics of piano, is the biggest U.S. piano competition and rivals only the Tchaikovsky and Chopin competitions in world standing.

    http://cliburn.org

    This year's edition happens in late May and early June at the beautiful Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Last time (2009), there was an free live webcast with excellent subtitled commentary/program notes and a fashionable live host (Jade, if I remember correctly).

    Auditions are currently being conducted worldwide, and they're happening in New York through Saturday. NYC folks, you can check out the auditions live, in person, for free, at Rockefeller University on 66th & York:

    http://cliburn.org/cliburn-competition/screening-auditions/new-york/

    The auditions then conclude in Fort Worth next week.

    Enjoy! :40beers:
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    Thanks UMBS.
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    Winning this competition is considered very prestigious. I had the pleasure of listening to one of the winners years ago. I did not know that it's held once every 4 years.
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    Thanks for starting this thread.
    I'll be following the news.
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    I'm so sorry about what he is enduring; however, he is facing the challenge of illness with great courage, and grace.
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    Oh, and here's the Van Cliburn Foundation YouTube channel, with grainy excerpts of the recitals from the 2009 competition and highlights from the documentaries for other previous competitions.

    Also highlights from the 2011 amateur competition.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/vancliburnfoundation/

    Edited to add: clips of Olga Kern, the rock star and co-gold medalist of the 2001 competition. She is currently enjoying a career as a B-level performer internationally. I've enjoyed both her subsequent Carnegie Hall debuts (Zankel Hall, then Stern Auditorium) way back when, one of her Midwestern performances, and her recent Bay Area recital.

    Documentary of 2001 competition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0g0Bbrj9s

    Full final round performance of Rachmaninov's 3rd piano concerto, with everything but footwork leading into an "effervescent" triple flip at the end ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AapjpeqmviM
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    THANK YOU for this thread! I lurrrrved watching the live streams of the last Van Cliburn competition. The coverage and commentary was so good. And above all, the music was sublime. :swoon: I'm looking forward to watching again. xoxoxo
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    Thank you for the Olga Kern clips! I didn't know her, but I'm happy to discover her now.
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    I had the pleasure of attending a Van Cliburn concert many years ago. He performed two encores (one of them was 'Revolutionary Etude').

    Last year I had the pleasure of attending Olga Kern's performance here. She played Rachmaninoff's 3rd piano concerto- the one she played to win the VC competition. It was a very strong performance. She is going to perform here very soon this year.
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    RIP to Mr. Cliburn who passed away today after a battle with bone cancer.
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    What a legacy.
    The world will mourn his passing, on so many levels.

    Thank you, to a great artist and amazing human being.
    RIP
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    So sorry to hear this. RIP Mr. Cliburn.
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    That's a wonderful interview!
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    "In 1958, he proved to the world that music is a transcendental force that goes beyond political boundaries and cultural boundaries and unifies mankind. He was a very concrete example of that," said Veda Kaplinsky, head of the piano department at the Juilliard School in New York. "Beyond that, his legacy is that of a person who personified grace, humility, talent, kindness and sincerity. He was a human being first and foremost. He never lost that."

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/02/27/4647640/van-cliburn-dies.html#storylink=cpy
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    RIP, Van Cliburn. You will be sorely missed.
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    I felt so sad today when I heard that he died. The competition will be especially poignant this year.

    I want to buy a CD of a Van Cliburn performance. What do you recommend?
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    RIP Van Cliburn. :(

    Thanks UMBS for the thread - looking forward to this year's competition!
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Oh what a pity.
    Apart from his achievements as a pianist, he truly symbolized a breath of freedom for so many Russians, my family included.
    RIP.
    What's more, the way he heard music was very "Russian", and that could not help but endear him to millions.
    So now I am wondering all over youtube...
    Posting only the last part, but there is the whole Final Round Rachmaninov Third by the same poster. Really something.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV9bmcE7d5Y
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    We in Fort Worth have always been proud of the fact that Van Cliburn, even though he wasn't originally from here, settled here & established his competition here. He was really a local hero. RIP Mr Cliburn.
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    R.I.P. A fantastic talent and a wonderful human being.
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    I heard about this yesterday. Ticker tape parades for classical musicians ought to be done regularly!
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    So sorry to hear of his demise. He was such an icon & an inspiration to many. RIP
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    How beautiful!
    That says more about what kind of man he was than all the fame/awards in the world.
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    Re the NYC ticker tape parade for Van Cliburn after he won the first Tchiakovsky Piano Competition in Russia, Van Cliburn said in the below interview that he didn’t think the adulation was really for him. He felt that it was just "a great moment for classical music..."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4Z1e6HWV3Y


    Van Cliburn on the famous headline that he was the 'Texan who conquered Russia':


    Van Cliburn on performing:


    Van Cliburn on the lasting joy of music:


    Thanks for starting this thread, UMBS Go Blue! RIP Van Cliburn.
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    Just my opinion from the sound clips provided in this link only:

    Clear standout
    Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia

    Totally rocked the Liszt Spanish Rhapsody; brought a lot of life and character to it. Edited to add: the sound clip in the interactive feature likely came from this YouTube vid.

    Honorable mentions
    Sarah Daneshpour, USA
    Feifei Dong, China
    Giuseppe Greco, Italy
    Ruoyu Huang, China
    Claire Huangci, China
    Vadym Kholodenko, Ukraine
    Alessandro Taverna, Italy
    Jie Yuan, China

    Also worth a look, although the clips were only in ensemble
    Lindsay Garritson , USA
    Nikita Mndoyants, Russia
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    Quoting from a Cliburn Foundation email earlier today. Jade is BACK! :cheer2: :rockstar:

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    I'll be reading and watching, avidly!
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    The Olympics of piano has begun! 2 weeks of merry music making! :cheer2:

    They had some hiccups with the live webcast, but it's now up and running. They'll also have all the performances available after the fact, on demand.

    http://www.cliburn.org/landing.html
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    What little we did see of Claire Huangci (USA) was quite dynamic and competent - especially for her unlucky position as the 1st performer of the competition.

    Partial standing ovation! And this isn't even in Canada! Whee! :cheer2: :40beers: :respec:

    Live webcast here:
    http://www.cliburn.org/landing.html

    Twitter feed here:
    https://twitter.com/TheCliburn
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