World-renowned pianist Van cliburn died

The world famous American pianist Van Cliburn died yesterday, February 27, in the U.S. at age 78. He died at his home near the city of Fort Worth (Texas). Last summer, the musician was diagnosed with bone cancer

Van Cliburn (Harvey Lavan Cliburn) was born July 12, 1934 in Shreveport (Louisiana) in the family of an employee of the oil company and music teacher. From the age of three, he started learning music from his mother, and in 1946 he performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and won the competition for young pianists in Texas, participated in the national music festivals. After graduating from high school in 1951, he moved to New York, he studied at the Juilliard School of Music. He graduated in 1954 at the piano with Professor Rosina Levina, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. During his studies, won the first prize: the Chopin Prize (1952). After high school, has performed with major orchestras - Cleveland, Denver, Detroit and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1958, Van Cliburn won the first prize and gold medal at the First International Violin Competition and the Tchaikovsky Piano in Moscow. On returning of the musician in New York City, in his honor there was a parade on Wall Street, and the magazine "Time" was released with the title "The Texan who conquered Russia".

Success in Moscow made 23-year-old pianist the world-famous  musician, he became the favorite of the Soviet and Russian public who called him Vanya, and all subsequent visits to Russia accompanied by constant success. Van Cliburn loved his Russian "pseudonym" and asked to be called that way.

It is believed that Khrushchev personally made ​​the final decision to award the Van Cliburn gold medal at the Moscow competition. The victory of the American musician has played a significant role in the warming of relations between the U.S. and the USSR.

As a pianist and conductor of the Van Cliburn has performed in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kiev, Riga, Yerevan, Baku. The last time he performed in Moscow in 2009 at the first festival of workshops, "Glory maestro!", dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich..

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