Rest In Peace Maestro Cliburn

The world has lost one of the most important pianists of the 20th Century. Let us all pay tribute to his legacy through honoring the man and the important musical institutions in his name – the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn Foundation. Mr. Cliburn died  this morning (February 27th, 2013) at the age of 78 of bone cancer.

The following is snipped from the CBC website: Cliburn skyrocketed to fame when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23 in 1958, six months after the Soviets’ launch of Sputnik embarrassed the U.S. and propelled the world into the space age. He triumphantly returned to a New York City ticker tape parade — the first ever for a classical musician — and a Time magazine cover proclaimed him “The Texan Who Conquered Russia.”

For an article on his life and death, visit

Rest in peace Mr. Cliburn