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Fort Worth pianist makes Cliburn Amateur finals

Posted 10:53am on Sunday, May. 29, 2011

After two days of semifinal playing, the field of competitors in the 2011 Cliburn Amateur was narrowed late Saturday night to six finalists.

Clark Griffith of Fort Worth, who was the last to play Saturday, secured a place among the finalists. They will compete for the top prizes this afternoon. The contenders:

Griffith.

Barry Coutinho, Pittsburgh.

Christopher Shih, Ellicott City, Md.

Dominic Piers Smith, Middle Barton, England

Jane Gibson King, Provo, Utah.

Ken Iisaka, Mill Valley, Calif.

Each will present a 30-minute recital from 1 to 4:40 p.m. in Ed Landreth Auditorium at TCU.

Winners will be announced about 6:30 p.m.

The prizes for first, second and third place are, respectively, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, and there are additional prizes. Jury-discretionary, press-jury, audience-choice and specific programming awards will also be given.

Tickets to the finals and awards cost $35 and may be purchased at the door. For information, visit www.cliburn.org or call 817-738-6536.

Watch the day's competition at dfw.com/cliburn and follow on Twitter @FWST_YourLife.

Stephanie Allmon, 817-390-7852

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