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2009 Cliburn Winners Announced

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The 2009 Cliburn winners are:
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalists (tie for first):
Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, 20 (Japan)
Mr. Haochen Zhang, 19 (China)


The First Prize includes the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal; a cash award of $20,000; international and national concert tours for the three seasons following the competition, coordinated by the Van Cliburn Foundation in conjunction with IMG Artists Europe; a CD recording on the harmonia mundi usa label; performance attire provided by Neiman Marcus; and a contribution toward domestic and international air travel on American Airlines during the three-year tour.


Mr. Tsujii and Mr. Zhang were the two youngest pianists in the 2009 Competition.
The last time that the Cliburn Competition awarded a tie for the gold medal was in 2001, to Stanislav Ioudenitch and Olga Kern.


Silver Medalist:
Ms. Yeol Eum Son, 23 (South Korea)
The Second Prize includes a silver medal; a cash award of $20,000; U.S. concert tours and career management for the three concert seasons following the competition; and a CD recording on the harmonia mundi usa label.
The Crystal Award was not awarded this year.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):
Mr. Evgeni Bozhanov, 25 (Bulgaria)
Ms. Mariangela Vacatello, 27 (Italy)
Ms. Di Wu, 24 (China)
All finalists receive a cash award of $10,000 and U.S. concert tours and career management for the three concert seasons following the competition.
Additional awards given to pianists at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition included:
Semifinalists: $5,000 each
Mr. Ran Dank, 27 (Israel)
Mr. Alessandro Deljavan, 22 (Italy)
Ms. Kyu Yeon Kim, 23 (South Korea)
Mr. Eduard Kunz, 28 (Russia)
Ms. Andrea Lam, 27 (Australia)
Mr. Michail Lifits, 26 (Germany)
Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performances of Chamber Music: $3,000 each
Mr. Evgeni Bozhanov, 25 (Bulgaria)
Ms. Yeol Eum Son, 23 (South Korea)
Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work: $5,000
Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, 20 (Japan)
John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award: $4,000
Mr. Lukas Vondracek, 22 (Czech Republic)
Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award: $4,000
Mr. Alessandro Deljavan, 22 (Italy)
Jury Discretionary Award: $4,000
Mr. Eduard Kunz, 28 (Russia)
Awarded by the Neal Steffen Memorial Foundation.

Winners' Engagements
The six winners of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will share more than 300 concert engagements throughout the United States during the three seasons following the competition, coordinated by the Van Cliburn Foundation. The gold medalist will also be awarded concerts in Europe, Asia, and other international territories through IMG Artists (Europe). Presenters who have already offered engagements include the Rochester Philharmonic and the Colorado, Dallas, San Diego, and Utah Symphony Orchestras, as well as noted recital series presenters in Boston, Houston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Among the concert engagements the gold medal winners will share are performances at the Aspen Music Festival, and at London's prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall in March 2010 (arranged by IMG Artists).


The Live Webcast

The entire Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was streamed in real time to tens of thousands of viewers worldwide. Hosted by Jade Simmons, pianist and arts advocate, along with co-hosts Shields-Collins Bray, the Cliburn's artistic director of special programs and Steve Cumming, radio broadcaster and competition announcer, the www.cliburn.tv website offered the most expansive coverage of any competition to date. Viewers enjoyed backstage coverage of rehearsals, as well as performances, competitor vignettes, symposia delivered by members of the press, jury, foreign diplomats, and Maestro James Conlon, blogs, numerous short features on the Foundation's history, an online audience vote (nonbinding), and streaming commentary. The website offered unlimited access to viewers around the world.
As of June 6, the webcast player has received 231,265 visits from people in 132 countries. The most viewed performance was Evgeni Bozhanov's Final Round recital.

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