Pianist Van Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958. By 1961, the Van Cliburn foundation was founded and chartered and in 1962 the first ever Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was held.
It has continued to grow over the last 55 years and is currently held at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. The 2017 event started on May 25th and runs through June 10th. I attended the Semifinal Round Concert 7 where four of the 12 semifinalists performed a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Nicholas McGegan.
As you walk to the Hall there are two 48-foot tall angles that grace the Grand Facade and when you enter the building there are marble staircases and high-arched ceilings that end in beautiful domes. There are women dressed in gowns and men dressed in suits, but the casual outfit is also seen. The Founders Concert Theatre boasts an impressive 80-foot diameter Great Dome.
When the concert begins the orchestra starts and every instrument from the woodwinds to percussion can be heard if you listen carefully enough. Then the first pianist competition starts playing and it’s like the composer himself is crafting the piece before your eyes. The acoustics in the Hall are phenomenal so you can hear every note unobstructed. This competition is one of the most renowned piano competitions in the world and it is easy to see why.
If you are into the arts and want to hear some of the best pianists in the world perform then I highly suggest taking in one of the concerts or going to one of the free lectures.
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