Beyond the Bookshelf to the Keyboard


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

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!



2 comments on “Beyond the Bookshelf to the Keyboard”

  1. Yum! I love piano and used to play more but am currently out of practice. Before my dad got sick 2019 was supposed to be a piano-focused year, but the keys will be there for another time… 🙂

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    1. Yes, they will be there waiting. I’ve been thinking about art objects lately. What is a piece of visual art when no one is looking at it? What is a piano when no one is playing it? Indeed, what is a poem when it is not being read? The “art” happens in the space between object and attention given to the object, no?

      Oops, almost forgot to ask. What would a borkali Year of the Piano have been like?

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