Two doctors and a strategy consultant walked away with top honors at the 7th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday afternoon. The competition was hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation, named after the world renowned American pianist who was a child prodigy from Kilgore, Texas.
Thomas Yu, a 38-year-old periodontist from Calgary, Canada, won the first place award of $2,000 along with the non-monetary Audience and Press awards this past weekend at the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael Slavin, a 65-year-old retired ophthalmologist from Manhasset, New York, won the $1,500 second place award. Xavier Aymonod, a 40-year-old strategy consultant from France was the $1,000 third place winner.
This is not the same professional Cliburn competition for young pianists whose main intent is to eventually launch international careers as professional concert pianists. These contestants are amateur pianists who have careers, but they don't play or teach piano for a living. This particular piano competition celebrates the making of music as a vital part of a person’s everyday life.
The Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition first began in 1999 and is held every four years. Eligible applicants must be at least 35 years of age or older who do not make their livings as pianists or piano teachers. This year’s competition had 159 applicants, ranging from software engineers and physicians to stay-at-home moms.
By the last day of the competition on Saturday, six finalists remained. Seven additional $500 prize awards were also presented. These were limited to other pianists who did not win one of the top three prizes. The winners were announced by this year’s jury chair Olga Kern, one of two gold medalists from the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the young professionals contest which is also held every four years. Below is a video recording of the final round that was held prior to the awards ceremony.
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