FORT WORTH -- A field of 77 pianists -- including a physicist from Germany, a local criminal prosecutor, a screenwriter and a molecular biophysics professor -- will compete for cash prizes in the sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs at Texas Christian University, the Cliburn announced Wednesday.
The competition will take place May 23-29 at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium. It is open to pianists 35 and older who don't earn most of their income from playing or teaching piano.
This year's competition drew pianists from 11 countries, including Japan, Australia and Brazil, as well as 23 states and the District of Columbia.
A jury headed by former Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra music director John Giordano includes three former Cliburn gold medalists -- Jose Feghali, Stanislav Ioudenitch and Jon Nakamatsu -- and a press jury is composed of classical music critics from around the country.
Preliminary rounds will be May 23-25; semifinals, May 27-28; and finals, May 29. Prizes will be awarded at 6:30 p.m. May 29.
John Austin, 817-390-7874