Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Final Round

Attend the climactic finals of the world-renowned Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Hear finalist concertos, meet the Cliburn Foundation director, and learn about the music from an expert.
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At a Glance

Every four years, the finest young pianists from around the world compete for the honor of performing at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Only 30 make the cut, and only six make it to the vaunted final round. Experience the climax of this prestigious event with four performances featuring piano concertos accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Learn about the competition repertoire with a respected music professor, see the winner announced and delight in soaring performances in Bass Performance Hall, the crown jewel of Fort Worth.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear the six finalists perform two concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop.
  • Benefit from the wisdom of an esteemed music professor — an all-around piano expert who will unravel the intricacies of the competition music.
  • Meet a past competitor from the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Amateur Competition, and hear about how their life was changed by the experience.

General Notes

To attend the semifinal round, check out program #22740.
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