2025 Cliburn Competition: Everything you need to know

21 September 2023
By Ellie Palmer
Dates, jury, venues, format and more all revealed

The Cliburn has announced all the major details of its 17th annual piano competition.

The competition will take place from 21 May-7 June 2025 at the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Applications open on 16 October 2023, and will be due on 16 October 2024.

As usual, the competition will be open to pianists 18 to 30 years old.


Bass Performance Hall, Texas


Who will be on the jury?

Paul Lewis (Ireland/United Kingdom) is set to chair the jury for the 2025 edition, with Rico Gulda (Austria), Andreas Haefliger (Switzerland), Mari Kodama (Japan/United States), Jon Nakamatsu (United States), Gabriela Montero (Venezuela/United States), Lise de la Salle (France), Yevgeny Sudbin (United Kingdom), and Wu Han (China Taiwan/United States) making up the rest of the impressive jury.


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The 2025 Cliburn jury: (Row 1 from left to right) Paul Lewis, Rico Gulda, Andreas Haefliger. (Row 2 from left to right) Mari Kodama, Jon Nakamatsu, Gabriela Montero. (Row 3 from left to right) Lise de la Salle, Yevgeny Sudbin, Wu Han.


In addition to serving on the jury, renowned pianist and composer Gabriela Montero has been commissioned to compose a new work for the 2025 Cliburn Competition, to be performed by all 30 competitors. Montero appeared on the cover of Pianist issue 121.


Important dates and information
  • October 16, 2023: Applications Open
  • Spring 2024: Premium Ticket Subscription Packages On Sale
  • October 16, 2024: Applications Due
  • Early 2025: Single Tickets On Sale; Screening Auditions Schedule Announced
  • March 9-15, 2025: Screening Auditions
  • April 2, 2025: 30 Competitors Announced 
  • May 21-June 7, 2025: Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 


The Cliburn is hoping to build upon the extraordinary success of its previous editions. 2022 Gold Medallist Yunchan Lim has seen his stock rise astronomically since his win. In his first two seasons as Cliburn winner, concert engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, and Seoul Arts Center (most quickly sold out). His performance videos are now the most viewed online for some of classical piano’s most popular works.


Further information about the 2025 edition can be found here.