The Cliburn is excited to announce the public festival schedule of the Third Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 8–17, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

The active festival portion of the Cliburn Junior is just as, if not more, beneficial to the musicians joining us in Dallas as the competition. The Cliburn taps its vast network of artists and teachers to bring in a wide swath of experts for masterclasses, artists conversations, and performance discussions. A series of small group workshops led by industry specialists takes participants through topics such as stagecraft, personal branding, conservatory and college admissions, and career pathways. Furthermore, a number of community concerts provide valuable performance experience and introduce the Dallas community to these extraordinary young artists, through partnerships with NorthPark Center, Dallas Public Libraries, and Children’s Health.

Festival teaching artists are: Greg Anderson, Janina Fialkowska, Wu Han, Daniel Hsu, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Bridget Kibbey, Jon Kimura Parker, Pamela Mia Paul, Valentina Peleggi, Benjamin Rossen, and Kasey Shao.

All of these Festival events are open to the public to attend, free of charge. The full public schedule is below and at

Tickets to Competition performances are on sale now at



Seven Junior artists will each perform 18-minute recitals for members of the Jury. Festival concerts will be held at Caruth Auditorium at SMU.

Festival Concert 1
Saturday, June 10  I  10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.

Festival Concert 2
Sunday, June 11  I  10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.


Junior artists will perform in public concerts around Dallas.

Concert at NorthPark Center
Sunday, June 11  I  2:00 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.

Concert at Dallas Public Library Bachman Lake Branch
Sponsored by Children’s Health
Wednesday, June 14  I  4:00 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.

Concert at Dallas Public Library Vickery Park Branch
Sponsored by Children’s Health
Thursday, June 15 I 4:00 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.


Junior artists will play for and learn from these renowned musical figures. All masterclasses will be held at O’Donnell Recital Hall at SMU unless otherwise noted.

with Wu Han, piano
Artistic Co-director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Wednesday, June 7  I  1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 8  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

with Stanislav Ioudenitch, piano
2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist
Friday, June 9  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

with Janina Fialkowska, piano
2023 Cliburn Junior Jury Chairman
Tuesday, June 13  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

with Yoheved Kaplinsky, piano
Piano Department Chair, The Juilliard School
Wednesday, June 14  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15  I  2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Concerto Masterclass
with Valentina Peleggi, conductor and small ensemble
2023 Cliburn Junior Final Round Conductor
Thursday, June 15  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium at SMU

with Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Keyboard Chair, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Friday, June 16  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 17  I  11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Moderated by Buddy Bray with members of the jury. Members of the 2023 Cliburn Junior Jury will examine how training, technique, and artistic sensibilities have changed, and discuss their own approach to and experiences in their careers in music. They will also look at repertoire, programming, and what it takes to build a career today—and how those considerations play into their decisions. Featuring jury chairman Janina Fialkowska, Jane Coop, Adam Golka, Carol Leone, Anton Nel, Roberto Plano, Katia Skanavi, Jeffrey Swann, and Orion Weiss.

The Jury Symposium will be held at O’Donnell Recital Hall at SMU.


The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival was established in 2015 as another means for the Cliburn to use its standing and expertise to encourage tomorrow’s great artists, to provide a valuable forum for them to express themselves, and to give them an entrance to the next step of their journeys. Key ingredients are top international jurors, the media and webcast, Final Round performances with orchestra, and the festival atmosphere, which includes performance experience and artistic workshops—all put into place to make the program significantly useful for students of piano of the highest level.


COMPETITION  Four riveting rounds of Competition take place June 8–17, 2023:

  • Preliminary Round (24 pianists each performing 20-minute recitals, to include one virtuosic etude and one Bach Prelude and Fugue) at SMU
  • Quarterfinal Round (12 pianists each performing a 30-minute recital, to include one movement of a Classical sonata and one lyrical work) at SMU
  • Semifinal Round (6 pianists each performing a 40-minute recital, to include one work by a living composer and one substantial work of at least 16 minutes in length (phase one), and one concerto movement with piano accompaniment (phase two)) at SMU
  • Final Round (3 pianists each performing one complete concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valentina Peleggi) in a stunning conclusion at the Meyerson, followed by the Awards Ceremony directly after jury voting.
  • Tickets on sale now.

INTERNATIONAL  Applicants and competitors hail from all around the world. 2023 applications totaled 248, with pianists representing 44 countries, and the 38 selected competitors and participants represent 13 countries. Widespread media coverage is expected; 2019 outreach resulted in over 120 stories in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


  • Janina Fialkowska, jury chairman (Canada)
  • Jane Coop (Canada)
  • Adam Golka (United States/Poland)
  • Carol Leone (United States)
  • Anton Nel (South Africa/United States)
  • Roberto Plano (Italy)
  • Katia Skanavi (Greece/Russia)
  • Jeffrey Swann (United States)
  • Orion Weiss (United States)

SMU  Meadows School of the Arts is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally. The university will serve as home to the 2023 Junior Competition, hosting most performances and festival events, and housing the competitors.

DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  The largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs and more. For the second time, the orchestra partners with the Cliburn to perform in the Final Round at the Meyerson Symphony Center under the baton of Valentina Peleggi.

FESTIVAL  In addition to the Competition performances, a variety of events aimed at artistic advancement of competitors, festival participants, and other pianists will be offered, including masterclasses, workshops, artist conversations, performance discussions, and free community performances around Dallas.


  • June 8–9, 2023 – Preliminary Round (SMU)
  • June 10–11, 2023 – Quarterfinal Round (SMU)
  • June 14–15, 2023 – Semifinal Round (SMU)
  • June 17, 2023 – Final Round and Awards Ceremony (Meyerson)

LOGISTICS  Competitors and festival participants will be housed at SMU for the duration of the Competition and Festival. All travel (domestic and international) and lodging will be provided by the Cliburn.

PRIZES  The first-prize winner will receive a cash award of $15,000; second prize is $10,000; and third prize is $5,000. All three top prizes will also include $2,500 scholarships.


The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition remains the most visible expression of that mission and is, as always, committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of emerging artists, age 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully produced webcasts and by providing comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (third edition, June 8–17, 2023) for exceptional 13- to 17-year-old pianists and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older.

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series. It presents 1,000 Cliburn in the Classroom in-school, interactive music education programs for more than 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with more than 40 million views from 177 nations for competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 10,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations.

Major Underwriters and Acknowledgements for the 2023 Junior Competition
Bartolucci Family
Mercedes T. Bass
Texas Ballet Theater – Anne T. and Robert M. Bass
Capital One
Central Market
Children’s Health
Linda P. and William A. Custard
Hoblitzelle Foundation
Jean Baptiste “Tad” Adoue, III Fund at The Dallas Foundation
Junior League of Dallas
Cece Smith and Ford Lacy
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Shirley and Bill McIntyre
The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NorthPark Center
The Rea Charitable Trust
The Richard & Enika Schulze Foundation
Sewell Automotive Companies
Janny and Warren Strickland
Carolyn and Jere Thompson, junior
Carla and Kelly Thompson

Official Piano of the Cliburn
Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston




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