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“The most prestigious classical piano contest in the world.” — Chicago Tribune

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as the world’s most prestigious piano competition. The event was organized by a group of music teachers in 1962 to commemorate Van Cliburn’s artistic achievements and is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists. Chico Performances will be presenting the gold medal winner of this year’s competition in a must-see concert of classical piano music.

This year's Van Cliburn Gold medalist is 26 year-old Vadym Kholodenko. Kholodenko is a Ukrainian pianist who started playing piano at age 5. As the competitions Gold medal winner, Kholodenko will receive a cash award of $50,000; career management and international and U.S. concert tours for the three concert seasons following the Competition; studio and live recordings produced by Harmonia Mundi USA; and performance attire provided by Neiman Marcus.


The Cliburn presented the fourteenth annual Van Cliburn competition this past May 24 through June 9, 2013, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.

In advance of the Competition, a five-member screening jury traveled to Hong Kong, Hannover, Moscow, Milan, New York City, and Fort Worth in January and February 2013 to hear 133 pianists perform a 40-minute recital before a live audience. From these auditions, 30 of the world's finest pianists were invited to compete for the coveted Cliburn medals.

During a demanding three-week schedule, all these 30 finalists performed two 45-minute solo recitals in the preliminary round. Twelve semifinalists were selected to perform a 60-minute solo recital, including the commissioned work by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, and a piano quintet with the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet. Six finalists then performed two piano concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

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