Van Cliburn, an artist who inspires – rip


In my opinion, Van Cliburn was the greatest pianist of the 20th Century; he passed today.  The world will miss a very talented, gentle and most generous artist, he gave back to the industry and young talented pianists more than he received.  The respect he garnered from across the globe was earned the old-fashioned way, through dignity, class and hard work.

The youtube clip shows Van Cliburn performing in Russia in 1962.

Van Cliburn International competition is going on now in Fort Worth, TX and will be a sad occasion for all participants, judges and audiences alike.  He will be missed by his fans.  There are many resources out there chronicling his history and accomplishes, he is a fascinating read.

Anyone remember my post on “Endorphin Rush?”  Mr. Van Cliburn had it on display with every note, movement, and performance – he loved playing.

Van Cliburn, an artist whom I admired.

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10 Responses to Van Cliburn, an artist who inspires – rip

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    This is beautiful and to think, he won first at 23. Incredible!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jane, incredible isn’t it? His music was unmatched – if you have time there are pieces that have been written about him in the Fort Worth Star Telegram that are worth reading. He was a gifted and generous person. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I had never heard of him, but his playing is fabulous ! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Such a beautiful artist whose craft reaches our soul.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Bella, absolutely his reputation as a musician is as you say – he reached people’s soul all over the world. His resume and life long achievements are an incredible read.

      Van Cliburn founded an international competition (Van Cliburn International Pianist Competition) that continues today and is held every four years (going on now). It’s the premier competition that serious young pianists across the globe seek to put on their resume – it’s like the Olympics of piano competition.

  3. poppytump says:

    I’m afraid I hadn’t heard of him Mary. but now having listened to him playing I can appreciate what you have said . Another haunting piece of music that catches ones emotions .

  4. tomsimard says:

    Sorry to hear of his passing.

    Absolutely beautiful music.

  5. coastalcrone says:

    Oh, my, I had not heard the news. Yes, he was the best and represented the US and Texas very well. I knew he had been ill – cancer, if I recall. He was scheduled to narrate with the local symphony in the spring and we had planned to attend. RIP indeed! I will have to check your post you mentioned.

    • Mary says:

      Hi – thanks, I agree he was the best. Amateur competition going on in FTW now with rest of the competition later this Spring. I believe it was bone cancer and only announced this past summer. Very sad.

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