The Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

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Christopher Shih
Christopher Shih, 2011 First Prize Winner Photo courtesy of The Cliburn

72 competitors have been selected to participate in the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition. The 2016 Cliburn Amateur Competition competitors hail from all over the world, representing 21 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States. They range in age from 35 to 68.

Established in 1999 as the first of its kind in the United States, the quadrennial festival promotes lifelong music-making as a vital part of daily life. The 72 competitors selected for the Competition will be announced on April 1.

The jury consists of: Olga Kern, Russia (Chairman); Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Japan; Angela Cheng, Canada; Catharine Lysinger, United States; Fali Pavri, India; André-Michel Schub, United States; and Nelita True, United States.

The Amateur Competition will consist of four rounds:

  • Preliminary Round (June 19, 20): 72 competitors will each present a program between 8 and 10 minutes in length.
  • Quarterfinal Round (June 21 & 22): 30 competitors will each present a program between 15 and 18 minutes in length.
  • Semifinal Round (June 23): 12 competitors will each present a program between 25 and 28 minutes in length.
  • Final Round (June 25): Six competitors will each present one movement of a concerto, to be selected from a list, with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

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Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102


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