Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn

Original Name Harvey Lavan Cliburn
Birth
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 27 Feb 2013 (aged 78)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 105902077 · View Source
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Classical Musician. His winning the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, at the height of the Cold War, made him a figure on the world stage and led to a thaw in United States-Soviet Union relations. Founded the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, a quadrennial competition hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation, whose prestige now rivals that of the Tchaikovsky Competition. Retired from public life in the 1970s upon the death of his father, but returned to the stage in 1987 to perform for President Ronald Reagan and Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, then was invited to open the 100th anniversary season of Carnegie Hall. He played for royalty and heads of state from dozens of countries and for every U.S. President from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

Bio by: John Andrew Prime


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  • Originally Created by: John Andrew Prime
  • Added: 27 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105902077
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Van Cliburn (12 Jul 1934–27 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105902077, citing Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .