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Extractions: Wikipedia pianist A pianist is a person who plays the piano A professional pianist can perform solo pieces, play with an orchestra or smaller ensemble , or accompany one or more singers or solo instrumentalists A performing classical pianist usually starts playing piano at a very young age, some as early as three years old. Many well-known classical composers were able pianists themselves; for example, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ludwig van Beethoven Franz Liszt Johannes Brahms ... Robert Schumann , and Sergei Rachmaninoff were all virtuoso pianists. Most pianists specialize in certain composer(s)'s music or a certain period to some extent.
Glbtq >> Arts >> Cliburn, Van American pianist van cliburn became a national hero when he won the InternationalTchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, at the height of the Cold War, http://www.glbtq.com/arts/cliburn_v.html
Extractions: page: The young American pianist Van Cliburn gained sudden worldwide fame in 1958, when, at the height of the Cold War, he won the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Critics praised his technique and virtuosity, and Americans hailed him as a hero. Cliburn embarked on an ambitious performing and recording career that garnered numerous awards and brought him international acclaim. Since 1962 he has sponsored a quadrennial International Piano Competition that bears his name. He retired from the stage in 1978 and resumed limited concert appearances only in 1989. Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. was born on July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana, where his father, Harvey Lavan Cliburn, was working as a purchase and sales representative for an oil company. His mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn, was a piano teacher. She was to exert a major influence on the life and career of her only child. Sponsor Message.
Metroactive Music | Van Cliburn pianist van cliburn s early triumph in Moscow has made him a rare, bankable starof classical music. By Philip Collins http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/09.19.96/classical-9638.html
Extractions: Maestro of Contradictions: Van Cliburn's long career embraces many eccentricities. Pianist Van Cliburn's early triumph in Moscow has made him a rare, bankable star of classical music By Philip Collins H E BEGAN PIANO lessons at age 3. Twenty years later, he was the subject of a ticker-tape parade in New York, the only one ever held in honor of a classical musicianafter all, nobody had expected a 23-year-old American student from Juilliard to steal the gold at the First International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and with a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, no less. From that moment on, Van Cliburn would be recognized as one of America's most bankable musical superstars. Deservedly so, for he had bested the Russians at their own game during the peak of Cold War hostilities; he was even nicknamed "the American Sputnik." Cliburn and Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 have been inseparable ever since. The work grew to be pianist's trademark, and his 1958 recording of it was the first classical record to go platinum. Two decades later, Cliburn would again shock the music world by announcing his withdrawal from performing. His sabbatical surprised many, but Cliburn's reputation for eccentricities had created a popular mystique that thrived on contradictions (excepting his repertoire, which was remarkably staid). Here was an artist who neither smoked nor drank, and routinely began his recitals with "The Star Spangled Banner" (one of America's greatest classical works, he has said, although the music is actually English in origin). Furthermore, he wrote poetry and was labeled "vegetarian" (erroneously so) because of his finicky dietary requirements on tour. So it wasn't completely unprecedented that Cliburnlike the late Glenn Gouldwithdrew from concertizing.
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Extractions: Music Index Metro Metroactive Central Archives Cliburn Clunker Legendary pianist can't live up to his own famous 'First' By Philip Collins F ANS LINED the front of the stage, waving, applauding, holding out flowers and open hands to legendary keyboardist Van Cliburn. It was the kind of frenzied response that is reserved for superstarsas opposed to exalted music-making, of which there was little Saturday night at San Jose Symphony's gala concert featuring the celebrated virtuoso in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. How many times Cliburn has played Tchaikovsky's "First" is a matter for his chroniclers to determine, but figure it easily in the upper hundreds, if not thousands. Considering that Cliburn's 1958 recording of the work was the first classical album to ever go platinum, it's understandable that he still feels obliged to perform it so regularly. Listening to Cliburn's luminous, vintage recording of the Tchaikovsky prior to Saturday's concert could only lead to disappointment. Here was one of the most formidable undertakings that the concerto literature has to offer, and the American pianist who tamed it so incomparably 38 years ago. It was a standard that no artist could relish living up to, and Cliburn's efforts to outshine his own shadow clearly taxed his abilities. Though some difference between then and now may stem from Cliburn's evolving take on the piece, his subtleties of reinterpretation were eclipsed by technical inconsistencies and an overall dampening of nuance.
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Extractions: What becomes a legend most? Being able to choose your spots. This weekend, the spot of choice for piano legend Van Cliburn will be the pavilion of the Ravinia Festival. After an absence of 30 years, he returns to Highland Park at 7 p.m. Saturday to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia music director James Conlon. The conductor has worked with Cliburn on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas, and invited Cliburn to be guest soloist for this year's annual Ravinia benefit concert. On a superficial level, Cliburn has been free to choose his own spots for most of his professional career. In April 1958, the tall, lanky pride of Texas became the pride of the United States and its Cold War allies by his astounding capture of the gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Beating the Russians at their own game and stellar performances of Romantic masters like Tchaikovsky was definitely a Russian-dominated game at the time was serious business six months after the Soviets had beaten the Americans into space with the launch of Sputnik. News of the 23-year-old American's feat spread worldwide. When he returned home, the genial young man with polite Southern manners and large, elegant hands was greeted with ticker-tape parades and millions of adoring fans. They may not have known much about classical music previously, but they knew they loved Van. From that point on, he was classical music's pop-style star. (His July 1958 concerts with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in downtown Chicago drew crowds of more than 60,000.) Orchestras and concert presenters clamored for his services.
Extractions: In our celebrity-mad culture where 25-year-olds with a few hit songs or movies can be hyped as living legends, the Ravinia Festival snared the real thing for its annual gala Saturday night. In April 1958 American pianist Van Cliburn made the world's front pages by winning the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. The United States was in the grip of Cold War frenzy, and Cliburn, a tall, lanky 23-year-old musical phenom from Texas, became an instant folk hero as he bested the evil Russkis on one of their favorite playing fields, classical music. He came home to ticker tape parades and played for huge, ecstatic audiences. (His two concerts in July 1958 with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra drew close to 100,000 each.) Now 71, Cliburn was the star of Ravinia's gala Saturday night, playing Grieg's grandiose Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On the podium was James Conlon, Cliburn's colleague from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas, and Ravinia's new music director.
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