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The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has now been put to rest for another four years. It's been a hectic two and a half weeks in Fort Worth. But the high-endurance competition was just the start for the winners, who along with a cash prize, were awarded three years of concert bookings.

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Yekwon Sunwoo, a 28-year-old pianist from South Korea, took the gold medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this weekend in Fort Worth.

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Six remaining finalists in the 15th Van Cliburn have a chance at one of the top three medals as the international piano competition wraps up this weekend.

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Organizers of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition bring world-class pianists to Fort Worth not only to compete on stage but also to introduce classical music to local students through the Adopt-A-Competitor program.

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Six finalists have been named in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the first time since 1981, two finalists are from the United States: 23-year-old Kenneth Broberg and 19-year-old Daniel Hsu.

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Twenty Cliburn quarterfinalists are down to 12 in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas. For the past six weeks, judges have been traveling the world to hear potential competitors audition. One notable stop is Moscow — where the American pianist for whom the contest is named stunned the world 59 years ago, winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the height of the Cold War.

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Audition judges for the next Van Cliburn International Piano Competition heard young pianists play for a career-making break in the Russian capital of Moscow last month. Cliburn himself won his big competition in Moscow 59 years ago, and Russians remember.  

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MOSCOW — While Donald Trump was taking the oath of office in Washington, D.C. Friday, a group of North Texans was getting a long-distance perspective — from the streets and concert halls of Russia.

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Fort Worth symphony patrons and arts leaders are reflecting on how the absence of the orchestra is affecting the city right now, and how it could in the future if the strike continues into next year. 

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Police say the two daughters of an award-winning concert pianist have been found slain in their North Texas home and the musician's estranged wife is being treated for stab wounds.

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Virtuosity can be a tough thing to get a handle on – that’s exactly what a new documentary on the Cliburn International Piano Competition aims to do.The chronicle of the 2013 Cliburn in Fort Worth premieres nationally tonight on PBS. And KERA is the presenting station. 

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A 17-year-old from Kazakhstan won the top $10,000 prize Sunday at the first-ever Cliburn International Junior Piano competition in Fort Worth.

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The Van Cliburn Foundation is aiming for a new generation of pianists – kids. This weekend brings the Cliburn’s first international competition for 13 to 17 year olds. The main Cliburn, held every 4 years, has helped launch careers, and an amateur contest has enlivened off-years. Some wonder whether the newest effort is putting too much pressure on musicians too soon.

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José Feghali, a pianist and TCU professor who won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the 1980s, has died. He was 53. 

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Pianist Alexey Koltakov was a finalist in the 2001 Cliburn International Piano Competition. Back in Fort Worth to play in the memorial concert for Van Cliburn, he took time to talk of his native country, Ukraine, which has recently been on the world’s front pages.  

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Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist Van Cliburn, who stunned the world when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in the USSR at the height of the cold war, died. Tonight, in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Paying tribute to LBJ; a Van Cliburn auction; tonight’s the last night for the Chinese Lantern Festival; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Two retired Cowboys open up about memory loss; Marlise Muñoz’s husband said she made him a better man; the Cliburn piano contest launches an event just for teens; and more.

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Vadym Kholodenko, a 26-year-old Ukranian, won the top prize Sunday night at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. A 20-year-old Italian, Beatrice Rana, was named runner-up, and third place went to Sean Chen, 24, the first American to reach the Cliburn finals in 16 years.

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Six finalists of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano competition were named late Tuesday night. They include four men and two women, each from different countries.

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The 14th  Van Cliburn International Piano Competition names its finalists today. One teacher, William Grant Nabore, is a prodigy himself who arrived in Fort Worth last week with five students in the world-class contest. Two are still in the running to be among the final six.

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Twelve young pianists have advanced to the semi-final round in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. The musicians are playing for a top $50,000 prize and three years of worldwide concerts.

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For the first time since its inception more than fifty years ago, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February from cancer. There are additional changes to one of the world’s most prestigious music contests that brings the classical music focus to Fort Worth. The once-every-four-year competition is about to begin again with tonight’s traditional “draw” party.

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A former president, sitting governor, and billionaire philanthropist were among the dignitaries who turned out for Sunday’s funeral of music legend Van Cliburn. But  the service drew  not just the well-known.

In a deeply felt profile of piano prodigy turned artist-diplomat Van Cliburn, who died Wednesday, writer Prudence Macintosh unearths stories of a six-year-old boy who knew the page numbers and the notes of chapel hymnals before he could read the words. Of his childhood in Kilgore, Cliburn said in 1958: “You can’t love music enough to want to play it without other kids thinking you’re queer or something.”

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Van Cliburn’s funeral is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. in Fort Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church. Cliburn’s impact runs deep in his adopted town.

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Legendary pianist Van Cliburn has died at his home in Fort Worth, former CEO of the Cliburn Foundation Richard Rodzinski confirms. Cliburn was diagnosed with bone cancer in August. 

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A pair of TCU piano students are playing for a chance of a lifetime. Both hope they get picked for this spring’s Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. It’s held once every four years. The the two are among twenty auditioning this week in Fort Worth.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: New ways to get nauseous at the Fair, new housing ideas for artists, the new Van Cliburn doc and more.

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