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Encyclopedia > Van Cliburn
Cliburn playing in the final round of the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Cliburn playing in the final round of the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. (known as Van Cliburn) (born July 12, 1934) is an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 when, at the age of 23, he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War. American pianist Source: http://www. ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... The International Tchaikovsky Competition is one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world. ... Location Position of Moscow in Europe Government Country District Subdivision Russia Central Federal District Federal City Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov Geographical characteristics Area  - City 1,081 km² Population  - City (2005)    - Density 10,415,400   8537. ... For other uses, please see Cold War (disambiguation). ...

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Early years

Cliburn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan (who had been taught by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt). When Cliburn was six, he and his family moved to Kilgore, Texas, and at twelve he won a statewide piano competition which enabled him to debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and studied under Rosina Lhévinne, who trained him in the tradition of the great Russian romanticists. At age 20, Cliburn won the prestigious Levintritt Award, and made his Carnegie Hall debut. Location in the state of Louisiana Coordinates: Parish Caddo Mayor Keith Hightower Area    - City 117. ... Arthur Friedheim (1859, Sankt Peterburg - October 19, 1932, New York City) was a Russia-born composer. ... Portrait of Franz Liszt, painted in 1839 by Henri Lehmann. ... Kilgore is a city in East Texas, United States. ... Jones Hall The Houston Symphony Orchestra is one of the United States of Americas major orchestras, based, as its name suggests, in Houston, Texas. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Rosina Lhévinne (born Rosina Bessie, March 29,1880 in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine) - died November 7,1976 in Glendale, California), Russian pianist and piano pedagogue. ... Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 7th Avenue, occupying the east stretch of 7th Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ...

Cliburn and USSR Leader Nikita Khrushchev
Cliburn and USSR Leader Nikita Khrushchev

Van Cliburn and Nikita Khruschev Source: http://www. ...

Tchaikovsky Competition and beyond

But it was his recognition in Moscow which propelled him to international fame. The First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, on the heels of their technological victory of the Sputnik launch only weeks before. Cliburn's luminous virtuosity in his competition finale performances of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 earned him a standing ovation which lasted a full eight minutes. The Soviet judges were compelled to ask Premier Nikita Khrushchev for permission to give the first prize to an American. "Is he the best?" Khrushchev asked them. "Then give him the prize!" Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time that honour has been accorded a classical musician. TIME put him on their cover, proclaiming him as "The Texan Who Conquered Russia." RCA Victor signed him to an exclusive contract, and his subsequent recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, became the first classical album to sell a million copies. It was the best-selling classical album in the world for more than a decade, eventually going triple-platinum. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world. ... Young Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1874) Tchaikovsky redirects here. ... Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: , Sergej Vasil’evič Rahmaninov, April 1, 1873 (N.S.) or March 20, 1873 (O.S.) – March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. ... Sergei Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. ... Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (Russian: ; IPA: ); surname more accurately romanized as Khrushchyov; April 17, 1894 [O.S. April 5]–September 11, 1971) was the leader of the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin. ... Ticker-tape parade in New York City in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts, August 1969 A ticker-tape parade is a parade event, held in a downtown urban setting, allowing the jettison of large amounts of shredded paper products from nearby office buildings onto the parade route, creating a... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Two distinct views exist on the meaning of time. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ...


Other famous concerti Van Cliburn has recorded include the Grieg Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth (Emperor) Piano Concerti, and the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto. Edvard Grieg Edvard Hagerup Grieg (June 15, 1843 – September 4, 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period. ... The Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg was the only concerto Grieg completed. ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: , Sergej Vasil’evič Rahmaninov, April 1, 1873 (N.S.) or March 20, 1873 (O.S.) – March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. ... Sergei Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. ... 1820 portrait by Karl Stieler Ludwig van Beethoven (pronounced ) (baptized December 17, 1770[1] – March 26, 1827) was a German composer and pianist. ... Ludwig van Beethovens Piano Concerto No. ... Ludwig van Beethovens Piano Concerto No. ... Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: , Sergej Sergejevič Prokof’ev; 15/April 271, 1891–March 5, 1953) was a Russian composer who mastered numerous musical genres and came to be admired as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. ... Of the five piano concertos written by Sergei Prokofiev, the Piano Concerto No. ...


In 1962, Cliburn became the artistic advisor for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The competition was founded by a group of Fort Worth, Texas music teachers and volunteers, and its prestige now rivals that of the Tchaikovsky Competition. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was first held in 1962 in Fort Worth, Texas. ... Nickname: Cowtown Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area    - City 774. ...


Cliburn today

Cliburn performed and recorded through the 1970s, but in 1978, after the deaths of his father and manager, began a hiatus from public life. In 1987, he was invited to perform at the White House for President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev, and afterwards was invited to open the 100th anniversary season of Carnegie Hall. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 by President George W. Bush, and, in October of 2004, the Russian Friendship Medal, the two highest civilian awards of the two countries. Now over 70, he still gives a limited number of performances every year, to critical and popular acclaim. He has played for royalty, heads of state from dozens of countries, and for every President of the United States since Harry Truman. Cliburn currently resides in the Fort Worth suburb of Westover Hills. Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), and the 33rd Governor of the state of California (1967–1975). ... Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (Russian: ; Pronunciation: mih-kha-ILL ser-GHE-ye-vich gor-bah-CHOFF) (born March 2, 1931), was leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. ... Westover Hills is a town located in Tarrant County, Texas. ...


Trivia

  • Cliburn has a street named after him in the Fort Worth, Texas suburb of Keller.
  • The American rock musician Andy Pratt was once labelled "Van Cliburn on acid".

Nickname: Cowtown Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area    - City 774. ... Keller is a city located in Tarrant County, Texas. ... Andy Pratt (born Andrew S. Pratt) is an American rock music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. ...

External links

  • Overview
  • Time magazine 1958 cover
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Van Cliburn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (555 words)
Van Cliburn (born July 12, 1934) is an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 when, at the age of 23, he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War.
When Cliburn was six, he and his family moved to Kilgore, Texas, and at twelve he won a statewide piano competition which enabled him to debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
In 1962, Cliburn became the artistic advisor for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
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