British pianist Paul Lewis joins Van Cliburn International Piano Competition jury

04 June 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The Texas-based competition will take place in June 2022

British pianist Paul Lewis is set to join the jury for the high-profile Van Cliburn International Piano Competition jury.

Lewis joins Marin Alsop, jury chairman (United States), Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (France), Rico Gulda (Austria), Andreas Haefliger (Switzerland), Wu Han (Taiwan/United States), Stephen Hough (United Kingdom), Anne-Marie McDermott (United States), Orli Shaham (Israel/United States), and Lilya Zilberstein (Russia) on the jury.


Paul Lewis replaces Gabriela Montero due to a scheduling conflict. ©Josep Molina


The competition was originally due to take place this year, but it had to be postponed for the first time in its 60-year history due to the global pandemic.

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Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis comments: "[In 12 months' time], we will hear the first notes of the Sixteenth Cliburn Competition – a moment that will take on even greater significance next year than ever before. What more meaningful way to emerge from the global pandemic than to elevate art and the exceptional people who devote their lives to it? We will celebrate how music and the connection that it fosters between us are universally vital to the human experience.

We call the top young pianists of the world to submit their applications, and we invite our friends to make plans now to join us in Fort Worth to experience this distinctive event firsthand. There’s nothing like it.”

Applications are open at and are due October 14, 2021. The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities. Applicants must have been born after June 12, 1990, and on or before June 2, 2004.

Main image: ©Kaupo Kikkas


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