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Van Cliburn

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Musical prodigy who earned the 1st quadrennial Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958 when he was just 23. He used the Houston Symphony Orchestra after earning a statewide piano competition when he was 12. He enrolled in the Juilliard College when he was 17. He was announced The Texan Who Conquered Russia by Period publication after his amazing performance in the 1st International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 that pressured Cold Battle Soviet innovator Nikita Khrushchev to declare him the very best. He was welcomed house with a ticker-tape parade in NEW YORK. His mother experienced analyzed with Franz Liszt. He was involved with a lawsuit along with his alleged home partner, mortician Thoma Zaremba, in 1998. He performed for every USA chief executive from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

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Date Of Birth July 12, 1934
Place Of Birth Shreveport, LA
Profession Pianist
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Parents Rildia Bee O'Bryan, Harvey L. Cliburn
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra), Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Groups Symphony of Southeast Texas
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Music Program
Movies The Golden Age of the Piano, Van Cliburn: A Portrait, Van Cliburn in Moscow: Vol. 1, Van Cliburn in Moscow: Vol. 2, Van Cliburn in Moscow: Vol. 4
TV Shows Live from Lincoln Center
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1His publicist was his close friend, Mary Lou Falcone.
2He was awarded the 2010 National Medal of Arts for his contributions as a pianist in the history of music, and as an ambassador for American culture. Since his historic 1958 victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has reached across political frontiers with the universal message of beautiful music.
3In the early days of the Cold War, in 1958, Cliburn became the first American to win the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, in Moscow.
4Van Cliburn received the John F. Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentary musician: piano

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold2012TV Movie documentaryPianist
The Young and the Restless2006TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2001TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHimself
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams1991Video documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1989TV SpecialHimself
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHimself
This Morning1989TV SeriesHimself
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition1981TV MovieHimself
Live from Lincoln Center1976TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV SeriesGuest
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1968-1971TV SeriesHimself
MisteRogers1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1958-1964TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
Carnegie Hall Salutes Jack Benny1961TV SpecialHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1960TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself - Performer-Recipient
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
The Milton Berle Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Pianist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Classical Pianist (In Memoriam)
When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World's Fair2012TV Movie documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Classical Music ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)· John Goberman (executive producer)
· David Griffiths (producer)
· Ken Campbell (producer)
· André Previn (performer)


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