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History and past faculty

Since its inception in 1981 during the Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute has served as an important and beneficial avenue to impart knowledge of the professional music world to serious piano students and teachers. A cooperative educational venture between TCU's School of Music and the Van Cliburn Foundation, the Institute has endeavored to bridge the gap between professionals and amateurs, the world of concertizing and the halls of academia.

Initially presented in conjunction with the Quadrennial Cliburn Competition, since 1990 the Institute has evolved into an annual event presenting three distinct programs:

The Young Artists Program (formerly the Performers Program) presently invites 24 selected talented young pianists to study and experience the art of performing and to learn about the profession. Of special interest is the collaboration with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra that provides opportunities for six young artists to perform a complete concerto with this professional ensemble. Leading up to this performance is a procedure of selection process in the form of competition, coaching by faculty, working with conductors and a rehearsal with the orchestra. In 2004, a chamber music component will be included. Together with three master class performance and weekly private lessons each participant has ample opportunity to develop their skills. The community is invited to all the concerts creating a festive ambiance. Altogether the Institute presents two Concerto Concerts, six recitals promoted under Master Artists Series given by the eminent faculty, and twelve concerts performed by the Young Artists utilizing both performance halls at TCU, the Fort Worth Public Library, the Modern Art Museum and several Retirement Homes.

The Amateurs Program was initiated in 1996 for non-professional pianists who love music passionately while maintaining their livelihood through other professions. It provides a unique venue to improve their skills as well as offers much needed opportunities for performance. Indeed, this program initiated the possibility for selected Amateurs to perform with a professional orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which has not been duplicated anywhere in the world. We have a loyal following of music lovers who take their annual vacation time during the Institute. Each year the solo repertoire is extended by alternating concerto and chamber music works. Together with recitals, master classes, and private lessons the Program is both stimulating and fun and provides artistic and personal development that brings out the best potential in each participant.

Since 1992 the Teachers Program has evolved from presentation of lecture-demonstration by well-known artist/teachers to encouraging teachers to participate in a “hands on” experience of playing the piano. The Institute has created opportunities for teachers, active and observers, opportunities for recitals, master classes, private lessons, lectures, and teaching demonstrations. Each year an eminent teacher who is well known and respected in the profession is featured. The Institute is a true pioneer in this area and will pursue the possibility of further broadening the opportunities for teachers to perform.

The TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute is truly a place where everyone gathers to celebrate the magic of the piano and its infinite repertoire. We have created a Festival atmosphere that truly makes the month of June and Fort Worth the time and place where the piano reigns.

The faculty throughout the history of the Institute

1981
Jorge Bolet
Leon Fleisher
Lili Kraus
Vlado Perlemuter
Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer

1985
Jorge Bolet
John Corigliano
Malcolm Frager
Lili Kraus
Cecil Ousset
Harold C. Schonberg
Soulima Stravinsky

1989
Steven De Groote
Sergei Dorensky
Lawrence Leighton Smith
Li Ming-Qiang
John Lill
György Sándor
Abbey Simon
Geoffrey Simon
Joaquin Soriano

1990
Philippe Bianconi
Bernard Roberts
Béla Siki
Jeffrey Swan

1991
Donna O'Steen Edwards
Christopher Elton
John Giordano
William Race
Alexander Shtarkman
Abbey Simon
Arié Vardi
Vladimir Viardo

1992
Martin Canin
Janina Fialkowska
John Giordano
John Lill
Jane Magrath
György Nádor
Gail Niwa
Christopher O'Riley

1993
Joaquín Achúcarro
Eileen Tate Cline
Claude Frank
Moura Lympany
Lev Naumov
Menahem Pressler
Takahiro Sonoda
Alexei Sultanov

1994
Patricia Banks
Frederic Chiu
George Del Gobbo
Claude Frank
John Giordano
Alexander Lonquich
Panayis Lyras
Christopher Taylor

1995
Lazar Berman
John Browning
Priscilla Heard
Stuart Isacoff
Jerome Lowenthal
William Race
Geoffrey Simon
Ron Spigelman
Jean-Louis Steuerman

1996
Paul Badura-Skoda
Lora Deahl
George Del Gobbo
John Lill
Jane Magrath
John Perry
György Sebök
Fanny Waterman
Keri-Lynn Wilson

1997
William Bolcom
Eileen Tate Cline
David Dubal
Claude Frank
John Giordano
Ian Hobson
Warren Jones
Jerome Lowenthal
Lev Naumov
Menahem Pressler
William Race
Piero Rattalino
Alexis Weissenberg

1998
Sergei Babayan
Barry Douglas
Germán Gutiérrez
Leonard Hokanson
Jan Gottlieb Jiracek
Miyoko Nakaya Lotto
Geoffrey Simon
Peter Takács
Keri-Lynn Wilson

1999
Joseph Banowitz
Hilary Coates
Christopher Elton
Leon Fleisher
Germán Gutiérrez
Takao Kanayama
Anton Kuerti
Benedetto Lupo
Emilio del Rosario
Robert Roux
Ann Schein
Mikhail Voskressensky
Earl Wild
Adam Wodnicki

2000
Philippe Bianconi
Peter Frankl
Ian Hobson
Gabriel Kwok
Miyoko Nakaya Lotto
Menahem Pressler
Robert Shannon
Russell Sherman
Neal Stulberg
Nelita True
Avalon String Quartet

2001
Joaquín Achúcarro
Eileen Tate Cline
Claude Frank
Andrzej Jasinski
Yoheved Kaplinsky
Andrew Litton
Pamela Mia Paul
Menahem Pressler
Timothy Woolsey
Zhou Guangren

2002
Paul Badura-Skoda
Phillip Kawin
Gabriel Kwok
Carol Leone
Cristina Ortiz
Boris Petrushansky
Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Dang Thai Son
Vega String Quartet

2003
Arnuf von Arnim
Boris Berman
Marvin Blickenstaff
Markus Groh
Jerome Lowenthal
Pamela Mia Paul
Simone Pedroni
Robert Roux
André-Michel Schub

TCU Faculty:
José Feghali
Harold Martina
John Owings
Tamás Ungár

 

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