Virtuosity – The Cliburn

Virtuosity – The Cliburn premiered Friday, July 31, 2015.

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Hear the world's best young pianists perform at the Cliburn piano competition.

About the Program

Virtuosity – The Cliburn searches for the musical souls of the most gifted young pianists on the planet as they try to make a name for themselves at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The pressure is overwhelming because the stakes are so high: prize money, concert bookings, a recording contract, a career.

At the heart of this story is the courage it takes for a 20-year-old to go onstage alone before 2,000 people, and hundreds of thousands more online, and play a unique interpretation of one of the most difficult pieces ever written for the piano.

And all of the onstage brilliance and backstage drama takes place in the year when the inspiration and namesake of the competition, Van Cliburn, passed away. This film is a tribute to his memory and particular genius. But ultimately, the focus is on this group of young people as they articulate their personalities through their music: brilliant, eccentric, tender, touching, dazzling, deadly serious and wildly entertaining. As different as they are as people, these young musicians share a single reality: winning The Cliburn would change their lives overnight.

A Closer Look at Virtuosity – The Cliburn

Virtuosity – The Cliburn was produced by
Van Cliburn Foundation and 88 Films, LLC.


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