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The Cliburn just announced the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25 to June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. There are three ways to experience this major musical event: get tickets to see it live, watch the webcast, or see the final round in a one-day broadcast in cinemas across the country.

Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” (The Dallas Morning News) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists, ages 18–30.

Two hundred and ninety pianists submitted applications to participate in the 2017 Cliburn Competition, and 141 auditioned live in front of a five-member screening jury in London, Hannover, Budapest, Moscow, Seoul, New York and Fort Worth in January and February 2017.

The 2017 Cliburn competitors hail from all over the world, representing 16 nations: Russia (6), South Korea (5), the United States (4), Canada* (3), Italy (2), Algeria*, Austria, China, Croatia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Romania, Taiwan and the United Kingdom (*one competitor has dual Algerian/Canadian citizenship, and both nations are counted here). There are 21 men and 9 women, and the competitors range in age from 18 to 30.


Martin James Bartlett, United Kingdom, age 20

Sergey Belyavskiy, Russia, 23

Alina Bercu, Romania, 27

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23

Luigi Carroccia, Italy, 25

Han Chen, Taiwan, 25

Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25

Yury Favorin, Russia, 30

Madoka Fukami, Japan, 28

Mehdi Ghazi, Algeria/Canada, 28

Caterina Grewe, Germany, 29

Daniel Hsu, United States, 19

Alyosha Jurinic, Croatia, 28

Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia, 24

Dasol Kim, South Korea, 28

Honggi Kim, South Korea, 25

Su Yeon Kim, South Korea, 23

Julia Kociuban, Poland, 25

Rachel Kudo, United States, 30

EunAe Lee, South Korea, 29

Ilya Maximov, Russia, 30

Sun-A Park, United States, 29

Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy, 24

Philipp Scheucher, Austria, 24

Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 22

Yutong Sun, China, 21

Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28

Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Tristan Teo, Canada, 20

Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 18


• Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman (United States)

• Arnaldo Cohen (Brazil)

• Christopher Elton (United Kingdom)

• Marc-André Hamelin (Canada)

• Joseph Kalichstein (Israel/United States)

• Mari Kodama (Japan)

• Anne-Marie McDermott (United States)

• Alexander Toradze (Georgia/United States)


• Leonard Slatkin, conductor – Final Round

• Nicholas McGegan, conductor – Semifinal Round

• Brentano String Quartet – Final Round

• Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Semifinal and Final Rounds

• Marc-André Hamelin – Commissioned Work


Complete Competition subscription packages are now available at the Platinum Box Tier ($3,000), Platinum Circle Orchestra ($2,500), Golden Circle Orchestra ($2,000), Mezzanine ($1,000), and Gallery ($600) levels.

Complete Competition and Individual Round subscriptions are on sale now.

Single tickets will go on sale March 31.


The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will feature a fully produced webcast live from Fort Worth from May 25 to June 10, 2017. The dynamic, multicamera webcast will bring the Competition to life around the world in real time, with over 110 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and awards ceremonies over the 17-day period. It will also include hours of other compelling material, including competitor profiles, taped interviews, featurettes on the many aspects of the Competition (including its 1,200 volunteer force), and other behind-the-scenes glimpses.

For the first time ever, the Final Round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be broadcast in cinemas around the United States. The one-day event “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” will highlight the six final pianists in concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. (Friday evening performances will be presented in delayed broadcast, leading into Saturday’s performances presented live.)

The Cliburn Competition’s national cinema debut is made possible through a partnership with Fathom Events. Final Round performances will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, June 10, at 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 p.m. CT / 10:55 a.m. MT / 9:55 a.m. PT. During the event, cinema audiences will experience an exclusive interview with Mr. Slatkin and WQXR (New York)’s Elliott Forrest.

Tickets for “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the country will be able to enjoy the events in more than 300 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN).