|Jayson Gillham performing at the London launch of the |
2017 Van Cliburn competition
The Van Cliburn Competition was founded in 1962 and takes place every four years in Fort Worth, Texas. It is named for the Texan pianist Van Cliburn who won the inaugural Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958.
For the 2017 competition there were over 290 applicants from 46 countries. These have been reduced to 125 and each of these are being listened to by the screening jury (Dmitri Alexeev, Michel Beroff, Janina Fialkowska, James Parker, Pamela Mia Paul) to select 30 pianist to go to Fort Worth for the main competition.
The competition is celebrating new partnerships, Universal will be recording the winners whilst Keynote Artists will be taking care of the winners, as part of the competitions mandate to support winning artists. This year's competition will be broadcast on Medici TV, in the hope of expanding the competition's base in Europe and Asia. In addition, the last two competition rounds will be shown live in 300 cinemas in the USA.