Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
May 25 - June 10, 2017

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Finals Day One

The competition is fierce and the stakes are rising with each passing note. Luckily, everyone had a day to relax during this high stress portion of the competition.


Yesterday, Wednesday, June 6th there was a Volunteer Appreciation Party hosted by The Cliburn which was generously underwritten by Ramona and Lee Bass. The party was an excellent time with people from every aspect of that competition came together to enjoy street tacos at the Fort Worth Zoo. This event was a much needed relaxing, social experience amidst the rising tension of the final rounds. With an excellent band playing all the hits and joy abound, the evening was a success! 

Several competitors who have been eliminated are still in Fort Worth participating in all The Cliburn has to offer. From symposiums to performing engagements throughout the city, even the competitors who did not advance are taking in all the cultural riches of Fort Worth, Texas. Competitors have visited the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as well! There have even been select competitors who have opted to experience the uniquely American art form of jazz at Scat Jazz Lounge downtown. No matter where you look, you will see a competitor soaking in all of the culture they can take!

After a day of rest, the competitors have returned to the stage with clearer minds. This evening the finals began with the quintet performances. Both Kenneth Broberg (23, United States) and Yekwon Sunwoo (28, South Korea) performed Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 81. Yury Favorin (30, Russia) performed the Franck Piano Quintet in F Minor for his quintet round. The competitors are performing with the Brentano Quartet of New York City. Members Mark Steinberg, Serena Canin, Misha Armory, and Nina Lee have been performing together since 1992. Brentano Quartet is intuitive and soulful and there performances tonight resonated with the audience both in person and online. The performances were invigorating and required a quiet mind for interpretation. As we enter the final round, tensions are at an all time high as performers leave everything they have onstage during their performances. 

There is a great deal happening tomorrow! There will be a seminar entitled "The Role of Arts in Society" at Van Cliburn Recital Hall at 10:00 a.m. Also, a second educational event entitled "Cliburn in the Classroom" at the McDavid Room. Anderson & Roe will be interviewing Italian competitors, Luigi Carroccia and Leonardo Pierdomenico. For the majority of the day, competitors will be rehearsing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under their Music Director, Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. 

Be sure to tune in to be a part of the Cliburn 2017 finals action live on! 

By Katie Kelly

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