YouTube viewers can vote for their favorite pianist

May 29, 2008

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Van Cliburn Foundation holds a talent search on YouTube
By Diane Haithman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

May 3, 2008- If you’re a classical music aficionado envious of the “American Idol” viewers who get to vote on their favorite contestants, your time has come.

Inspired not by “Idol” but by Popsearch 2007, an online talent search sponsored by the Boston Popsthe Van Cliburn Foundation has taken its competition into cyberspace with its first YouTube contest for amateur classical pianists. Read the rest of this entry »


Contestant brief: Greg Kostraba

May 28, 2008

May 8, 2008, Toledo, Ohio – Greg Kostraba, classical music director at WGTE-FM (91.3) can be seen on YouTube until May 15, competing in the Van Cliburn Amateur YouTube Competition. One of 42 performers selected for this contest, Kostraba, who also performs and leads a chamber music group locally, is playing Robert Muczynski’s “Desperate Measures,” a light-hearted yet challenging set of variations on a theme by Paganini. His performance is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJCban6asWg.


Cliburn Foundation YouTube contest

May 28, 2008

March 16, 2008 – FORT WORTH, Texas – The Van Cliburn Foundation will host its first Cliburn YouTube Contest this spring.

To enter, eligible amateur pianists should submit a five- to 10-minute performance video to be judged by online viewers. Winner of the Cliburn YouTube Contest will be entered in the next International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, to be held in summer 2011. The application fee will be waived. Read the rest of this entry »


Piano contest seeks participants, voters

May 28, 2008

by Tom Strini, Staff

March 12, 2008- The Van Cliburn Foundation will host a YouTube video piano competition for amateurs, to be judged by online viewers.

The contest is open to any classical pianist who does not derive a significant portion of his or her income from performance, composition and/or piano instruction and is at least 35 years old. Read the rest of this entry »


YouTube will be stage for a Cliburn contest

May 28, 2008

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March 20–FORT WORTH — Move over, Numa Numa guy. Take a break, Filipino inmates busting out Thriller moves. YouTube isn’t just for pop-culture wackiness anymore.

The Van Cliburn Foundation has launched the Cliburn YouTube Contest, part of a search for entrants for its next International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, to be held in 2011. Amateur pianists over age 35 may upload a video of themselves playing a classical composition — jazz, pop or other styles are disqualifiers — to www.youtube.com/vancliburnfoundation by April 30. On May 1, viewers can look at the videos and vote for their favorite pianist. The winner, whose name will be announced May 30, will be invited to compete in the 2011 competition in Fort Worth. Read the rest of this entry »


Cliburn Competition welcomes amateur YouTubers

May 20, 2008

The Baltimore Sun
by Tim Smith

March 5, 2008- Attention, all you amateur pianists — age 35 or older and Web-savvy, that is. The Van Cliburn Foundation announced today the first Cliburn YouTube Contest, welcoming cyber-video entries of 5-10 minutes in length. The videos will be judged by online viewers and the winner will be entered, application fee-free, in the 2011 International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. Read the rest of this entry »


Help pick artists in Cliburn amateur competition

May 20, 2008

Van Cliburn at the Tchaikovsky International Piano and Violin Competition in Moscow in 1958.by Todd Camp
Star-Telegram staff writer

May 13, 2008- YouTube’s not just for silly videos of people making Diet Pepsi geysers with packages of Mentos. There’s potential artists in them thar mpegs, and you can help single them out.

The Van Cliburn Foundation’s Cliburn YouTube Contest asked eligible amateur pianists to submit 5- to 10-minute performance videos to be judged by online viewers.

The last day to vote is Thursday, so surf on over to www.cliburn.org, watch the 42 hopefuls and pick your favorites. The winner will be entered in the next International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in the summer of 2011, and his or her application fee will be waived. Read the rest of this entry »