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Cliburn Competition Ups Top Prize

Posted 12:58pm on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

The top prize for the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition just got more valuable, beginning with the 14th edition scheduled for May 24-June 9, 2013 at Bass Hall.

The cash award for first place will be raised from $20,000 to $50,000 and the recipient also gets a silver trophy, called the Van Cliburn Winner’s Cup, and the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal, three years of career management, national and international tours, and a CD recording with the Harmonia Mundi label.

The cash prize was originally $10,000 in 1962.

The prizes for second and third-place winners remain a cash award of $20,000 each, U.S. concert tours and career management for three years, and a CD recording with Harmonia Mundi.

Three additional finalists receive $10,000 each, U.S. concert tours and career management for three years

Competitor applications for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be available at www.cliburn.org beginning Friday and are due Oct. 15, 2012.

The jury for the competition has been selected and they are: John Giordano, chairman (United States); Dmitri Alexeev (Russia); Michel Beroff (France); Andrea Bonatta (Italy); Richard Dyer (United States); Joseph Kalichstein (United States); Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky (Israel); Lui Shih Kin (China); Minoru Nojima (Japan); Menahem Pressler (United States); Blanca Uribe (Columbia); Arie Vardi (Israel); and Xian Zhang (China).

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