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Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Semifinals & Finals
Attend the semifinal and final rounds of the world-renowned Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Hear string quartets, solo recitals and concertos, and learn about the music from a professor.
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Program No. 18111RJ
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At a Glance

Once every four years, 30 rising stars in classical piano gather in Fort Worth, Texas for the esteemed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Attend both the semifinal and final rounds as the contestants compete for the coveted Cliburn medals during piano quintets, solo recitals, a Mozart concerto and more. Follow the drama of the competition as the 12 semifinalists are pared down to six finalists, and watch as the champion is crowned. Learn about the competition repertoire with a world-renowned music professor, and delight in soaring performances in Bass Performance Hall, the crown jewel of Fort Worth.
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Best of all, you'll ...

  • During the semifinal round, enjoy solo recitals and a Mozart concerto, and during the final round, hear the Brentano String Quartet and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benefit from the wisdom of an esteemed music professor — a past competitor and 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

For a shorter Van Cliburn experience, check out program #22740 for just the semifinal round or program #17212 for just the final round.
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Gregory Allen
Gregory Allen was the Grand Prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, and he won the second prize at the 1978 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He’s performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonics, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Gregory holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, and was a past competitor in the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and he recently served on the jury panel for its amateur competition.
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