I have been spending much of my time lately immersed in the Cliburn Jr. International Piano Competition and Festival, which is being held in Dallas from May 31 through June 8. Twenty-four pianists aged 13 to 17 played in a preliminary round on Friday and Saturday. Twelve moved on to the quarterfinal round on Sunday and Monday. There have also been daily open-to-the-public masterclasses. The masterclasses are of great interest to a piano geek like me. (No, I don’t play.)
If you are interested, the competition portion of the proceedings is being live streamed at https://cliburn.org/
Semifinal rounds (Phase I and Phase II) are at 2:30-5:00 PM and 7:30-10:00 PM tomorrow, June 5, and at 7:30-9:30 PM on Thursday, June 6. In the final round at 2:30 PM on Saturday, June 8, three pianists will play concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. All times are CST. It is much to be hoped that all three finalists will not have planned to play the same piece!