Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

Van Cliburn, the celebrated American pianist, has died at 78 after a long battle with bone cancer.

Writing for The Washington Post, Tim Page recalls the burst of fame that Cliburn enjoyed after winning the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the artistic twilight of the pianist in later years and his re-emergence as grand old man and maestro of the Fort Worth, TX, piano competition that bears his name: