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.