Yekwon Sunwoo, of South Korea, performs with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the finals of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Friday at Bass Hall. Sunwoo won the gold.
Thirty of the best young pianists in the world were chosen to come to Fort Worth on May 25 for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, an event that puts the city on the map, acknowledged by classical musicians and fans around the globe. The 30 were narrowed to 20, then 12, then six. And by Saturday — after many hours of emotionally and physically draining recitals and concerts played before Fort Worth audiences and a jury of nine great pianists in their own right — three were chosen. The gold, silver and bronze medalists win money and career management. But they also win the knowledge that after all of the nerves, sweat and decades of practice, they have been judged the best. Here is the visual story of the 2017 Cliburn, with links to each pianist’s biography.
Gold (Sunwoo), silver (Broberg) and bronze (Hsu) medalists
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