The jury for the inaugural Cliburn junior competition is composed of seven distinguished pianists and educators from around the world.
Jon Nakamatsu, chairman (United States): Nakamatsu is best known locally as the 1997 Cliburn gold medalist. He maintains an active touring schedule and has released nine CDs on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Lydia Artymiw (United States): Artymiw (a last-minute replacement for Italian Fabio Bidini, who couldn’t get a visa in time to participate) is the Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. An accomplished chamber musician, she has collaborated with, among others, Yo-Yo Ma.
Christopher Elton (United Kingdom): Elton is professor emeritus of the Royal Academy of Music, London. His students have taken top prizes in international competitions including the Cliburn, Tchaikovsky and Leeds.
Mari Kodama (Japan): Besides performing regularly, pianist Kodama is the artistic and musical director for the Musical Days in Forest Hill festival in San Francisco. She recently completed a recording of the complete 32 Beethoven Sonatas.
Jon Kimura Parker (Canada): Parker is professor of piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. As a veteran touring pianist, he performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court and the prime ministers of Canada and Japan.
Orli Shaham (Israel/United States): Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate Mozartean,” Shaham, a Juilliard graduate, maintains a career as a musician, broadcaster, music writer and lecturer.
Blanca Uribe (Colombia): Uribe is a 1966 Cliburn bronze medalist. She maintains a busy performance schedule and has served on the juries of the Cliburn, Cleveland and Gina Bachauer competitions, among others.