Cliburn competition coming to campus —a first for Dallas

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For the first time ever, a Cliburn competition will take place in Dallas.

In fact, the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition will take place partially on campus, Meadows announced Wednesday.

The competition, for pianists ages 13 to 17, is the younger sister to the high-profile Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which accepts budding stars ages 18 to 30.

While the preliminary rounds will take place on campus, the final round of the Junior Competition will be held at the Meyerson Symphony Center, where three finalists will perform full concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Fort Worth is the permanent home of the Cliburn and was also the home of its namesake: pianist Van Cliburn.

“We have no intention of lessening our presence in Fort Worth,” Jacques Marquis, Cliburn Foundation president and CEO, said in a release.

However, holding the Junior Competition in Dallas will “expose the Cliburn to a greater audience base in the region, as well as bring fantastic new partnerships with SMU, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and more to come,” Marquis said.

Alessio Bax, SMU artist-in-residence and winner of the Leeds and Hamamatsu piano competitions, will chair the jury.

“The new developments of the Junior Competition, with its association with my dear alma mater, SMU, and the wonderful Dallas Symphony Orchestra are sure to make it the most exciting event of its kind and most importantly, an excellent and inspiring springboard for young talents from all over the world,” Bax said.

The competition will take place in May and June of 2019.

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