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The Cliburn International Piano Competition begins May 25. / Photo courtesy of the Cliburn

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — one of the most exciting and highly anticipated classical music events in America — starts in one week. It happens only every four years. Do you have your tickets?

Culture Spot LA will be in Fort Worth for the semifinals and finals, blogging about all of the performances at Bass Hall.

Following are your options for attending in person or watching the webcast or cinema broadcast.


Bass Performance Hall,
 Fort Worth, Texas, 
May 25–June 10, 2017

Be there in person to cheer on your favorites and to experience the exhilaration of exceptional live performances.

Click HERE to purchase SINGLE TICKETS, starting at just $10.

For premium keyboard seating in the orchestra section, purchase a COMPLETE SUBSCRIPTION at the Platinum or Golden Circle levels.


The Competition webcast will be better than ever, thanks to a major new media partnership with medici.tv — the world’s leading classical music channel — that will greatly expand the global audience.

The #cliburn2017 webcast, hosted by dynamic piano duo Anderson & Roe, will encompass over 110 hours of live performances, announcements, interviews, featurettes and other behind-the-scenes footage. All content will be available both live and on demand for free to viewers around the world at cliburn2017.medici.tv — which will also host a variety of editorial content in English, Russian, French and Mandarin Chinese.


For the first time, the final two concerts of the Cliburn Competition will be shown in hundreds of cinemas across the United States, thanks to a partnership with Fathom Events. The Saturday, June 10, event begins 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT / 10:55 p.m. MT / 9:55 p.m. PT with a delayed broadcast of the June 9 concerto performances, and continues with a live presentation of the June 10 performances.

Watch the final six competitors with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin in a presentation hosted by Elliott Forrest of WQXR-FM in New York City, the most-listened-to classical radio station in the United States.

Get full details HERE.


Enhance your Cliburn experience with extra concerts, outdoor simulcasts, 
smart symposia and piano master classes.
 All are FREE and open to the public.
 Get full details HERE.


On May 18, the Cliburn announced that Nikita Abrosimov, 28, of Russia has been added to the roster of pianists competing for gold in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Abrosimov replaces Mehdi Ghazi of Algeria and Canada, who has withdrawn from the Competition. Bios and repertoire for all 30 competitors can be viewed here.