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Van Cliburn - Classical Pianist
Birth Van Cliburn (born July 12 , 1934 ) is an United States pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 when, at the age of 23, he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow , at the height of the Cold War . http://shachtmanite.en.daggerwolf.org/en/Van%20Cliburn Van Cliburn was born in Louisiana on July 12, 1934, the son of Harvey Lavan Cliburn and Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn. http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndivi...
Education Van Cliburn attended a Richter recital in 1958 in the Soviet Union. http://www.answers.com/topic/sviatoslav-richter
Fame He gave his New York debut recital on November 8, 1977 at the 92nd Street Y. His Van Cliburn Prize Carnegie Hall debut recital was held on December 12, 1977. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_DeGroote When he was not chosen as a finalist, some disappointed and angry listeners formed a committee led by American impresario Maxim Gershunoff, to raise money for Egorov equal to the Van Cliburn top prize of $10,000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youri_Egorov