Van Cliburn

RIP Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn CloseupVan Cliburn was a huge inspiration to me when I was a young teenager. His recordings inspired me beyond belief. I couldn’t imagine being able to play the piano the way he did. As a result I would practice and practice, listen to the same recording over and over again (We only had the one: the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 for which he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition at the height of the Cold War.) and then even practice more.

Van Cliburn Album Cover Photo
Van Cliburn Album Cover Photo

 

I am terribly saddened by his death (of bone cancer) today at his home in Fort Worth at the age of 78.

Van Cliburn
Van Cliburn, RIP
July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013

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