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International competitors in the prestigious Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition will tickle the ivories at NorthPark Center during free concerts on Saturday, June 1 at 11:30AM and Thursday, June 6 at 4PM.

This is a fabulous opportunity to hear some of the most talented teenage pianists in the world play in NorthCourt, located on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s.

The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition debuted in 2015 in Fort Worth and, like the famed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition that launched it, occurs only once every four years.

“We are pleased to present the second edition of this still-new program in Dallas in 2019 and believe it will expose the Cliburn to a greater audience base in the region as well as bring fantastic new partnerships with Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and more,” noted Cliburn president and CEO Jacques Marquis.

The youth tournament connects the Cliburn with emerging talent while also bridging the years in between the quadrennial adult contests. One or two competitors are expected to perform at each of the NorthPark concerts.

Open to skilled pianists aged 13 to 17, the Cliburn Junior opens on May 31 in the Caruth Auditorium at SMU. The first round presents 24 teens who won places in the challenge from a field of 230 applicants from 32 nations. Two more rounds will whittle their numbers until a winner is selected from three finalists in the final match on June 8 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets are available for the tournament rounds, and all of the performances will be webcast live for free at cliburn.org.

“Fort Worth was Van Cliburn’s home and is the Cliburn’s permanent home,” Marquis pointed out. “We are proud to be adding to that robust Cliburn family now with the outstanding organizations and people of Dallas.”