FORT WORTH, Texas- Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78. Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone. Cliburn made what would be his last public appearance in September at the 50th anniversary of the prestigious piano competition named for him.
A great artist, a good man, who lived a dignified public life. He never used his fame and abilities as a soapbox for anything other than his beloved art. A great Texan who grew up in the East Texas oilfield, son of an oil man, taught piano by his mother. He graduated from Kilgore High School, in Kilgore, Texas. He was one of us.
Good night, Van. What an inspiration and a blessing your life has been. We in Fort Worth were especially rewarded by Van Cliburn´s residence here and involvement in so many community causes and projects. In the early days of the Cliburn Competition, I attended each day´s preliminaries. Back then, it was free and such a treat for anyone, particularly an amateur pianist.
An American hero from the old school for those of us who remember his win at the Tchiakovsky competition during the dangerous days of the cold war. Khruschev said when asked by the judges if the American was allowed to win, "If he´s the best give him the prize."
Now I am crying at work. I own all his recordings, have loved and admired him since I was a teenager. I was privileged to hear him in concert twice. What a lovely man and a great artist and an inspiration to so many young musicians all over the world. Thank you Maestro for all the hours and hours of beauty you brought into my life, and the worlds you opened up to me. Ave atque vale!
Sat in the first row at his performance of the Grieg piano concerto. I was struck by his delicate and elegant manner at the keyboard, but more at his composed and humble manner away from it. A rousing ovation didn´t phase him. A great loss.
Like the article said, he practiced piano every day until recently. This is a good life-long lesson. Even as great as he was, he felt he had to practice every day. Greatness is earned by effort, and sheer will to succeed. We are all thankful for Texan Van Cliburn. Let us live by his example. RIP
When he won that first Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, many expected the Soviets to be resentful, as they regarded the music as Russian property. Instead, the Russians were so impressed with his performance that they embraced him as their own. Even though we seldom saw him out in public, we knew he was with us. We will miss him.
Mrs. Buddy Fogelson (Greer Garson) was one of Van Cliburn’s dear friends. In the 90s, he played a concert for the grand opening of the Fogelson Forum (named for Mrs. Garson’s late husband) at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
In her later years, Mrs. Fogelson lived in an apartment at the hospital and Mr. Cliburn would often visit her. I was always impressed by their courtesy, grace and dignity. Today’s celebrities should pay attention to their example.
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