Van Cliburn

~ Person

Legal name: Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr.


Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. (/ˈklbɜːrn/; July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013), was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the inaugural quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the Cold War.

His mother, an accomplished pianist and piano teacher, discovered him playing at age three and mimicking one of her students. She arranged for him to start taking lessons. He developed a rich, round tone and a singing voice-like phrasing, having been taught from the start to sing each piece.

Van Cliburn toured domestically and overseas. He played for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Concerto no. 3 Sergei Rachmaninov; Symphony of the Air, Kiril Kondrashin, Van Cliburn 3
1972 My Favorite Debussy Debussy; Van Cliburn 2
1976 A Romantic Collection Van Cliburn 1
1987 Rachmaninoff: Concerto no. 3 / Prokofiev: Concerto no. 3 Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev; Van Cliburn 3
1990 A Romantic Collection Van Cliburn 1
1990 Mozart: Sonata K. 330 / Barber: Sonata / Debussy: Estampes, Études, Images, Préludes Mozart, Debussy, Barber; Van Cliburn 1
1990 Sonatas Beethoven; Van Cliburn 1
1991 My Favorite Encores Van Cliburn 1
1992 Beethoven : Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor / Brahms : Rhapsodies & Intermezzos Beethoven, Brahms; Van Cliburn 1
1993 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff; Van Cliburn 2
1994 Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 2 Beethoven, Rachmaninoff; Van Cliburn, Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner 1
1994 Van Cliburn in Moscow Tchaikovsky, Brahms; Van Cliburn, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin 1
1996 Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / MacDowell: Piano Concerto no. 2 Brahms, MacDowell; Van Cliburn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, Walter Hendl 1
1997 My Favorite Chopin Chopin; Van Cliburn 1
2003 Piano Concerto no. 1 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, Van Cliburn 1
2007 Piano Concertos Schumann, Beethoven; Van Cliburn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
2010 Recital Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Liszt; Van Cliburn 1
Chopin: Concerto No.1 / Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Chopin, Rachmaninoff; Van Cliburn 1
Concertos nos. 4 & 5 "Emperor" Beethoven; Van Cliburn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
Legendary Van Cliburn: The Complete Album Collection Van Cliburn 1
Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 / Grieg: Piano Concerto Grieg, Liszt; Van Cliburn, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Concerto no. 1 per pianoforte, op. 23 / Sinfonia no. 6 "Patetica" Čajkovskij; Orchestra RIAS Berlino, István Kertész, Van Cliburn, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 1
1991 Piano Concertos Schumann, MacDowell; Van Cliburn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, Walter Hendl 1
1992 The World's Favorite Piano Music Van Cliburn 1
Van Cliburn Piano Favorites Van Cliburn 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Van Cliburn in Moscow Van Cliburn, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Van Cliburn Interview with Jessica Lustig Van Cliburn 1

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