Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
About the competition
Widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners every four years.
Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks, with each edition, to achieve the highest artistic standards while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach.
The world’s top 18- to 30-year-old pianists compete for gold in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a global online viewership of over 5 million. Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.
The sixteenth edition of the Cliburn Competition will take place June 2-18, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas at Bass Performance Hall. On March 28, 2019, the Cliburn was proud to announce that American Marin Alsop will serve as jury chairman and will conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with the six finalists during the Competition’s Final Round.
The Cliburn’s competition cycle will change, for this period only, to:
- June 2–18, 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
- Fall 2022 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
- June 2023 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival
Details for the Amateur and Junior Competitions to be announced as venue and other confirmations are made.