Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


July 6, 2022

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is an American international piano competition started in 1962 by Van Cliburn. It is held by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. It was initially held at Texas Christian University, but has been held since 2001 at the Bass Performance Hall. It was named after Van Cliburn, an American pianist and first winner of the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is held every four years to coincide with the year of the inauguration of the President of the United States. The winners and runners-up will receive a substantial cash prize as well as the opportunity to tour a concert in a world-famous concert hall. In fact, although Van Cliburn never served as a jury member, provided financial support, or was involved in running the competition during her lifetime, it is said that she regularly attended the performances of the participants. Participants select the venue by lot. . It started streaming audio online in 1997, and since 2009 all performances have been broadcast live on webcasts.


Competition participants perform up to three full recital programs, a new performance, chamber music, and two concertos.