The screening auditions for the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition are complete as of today, Tuesday February 24, 2009. Now the waiting begins for these young musicians until March 5th when the Foundation will announce the names of approximately thirty pianists selected to participate in the next round.
The Thirteenth Van Cliburn competition will take place May 22-June 7 at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Most of the 155 applicants have auditioned by performing a forty minute recital during January and February in Shanghai, China; Hanover, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; Lugano, Switzerland; and New York. Screening recitals in Ft. Worth wrapped up this evening.
Portland Piano International will host a group of around 40 music lovers for the Semifinal round of the Competition, May 28-31.
There are so many wonderful young pianists (applicants must be born after 1978) in the world that it must be incredibly difficult for the jurors to select the thirty who will advance to the Semifinal Round.
For regular updates on the competition, follow this link to the Cliburn web pages:
I’ll also be talking about various aspects of the Competition at