1934 - 2013


CLIBURN--Van. The Juilliard School deeply mourns the death of our distinguished alumnus, Van Cliburn, a person of exceptional talent and artistry whose exquisite taste in all that he engaged was a hallmark of his remarkable life. Through his extraordinary career, he set a standard for performance...

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Happy Birthday precious Van. Thank you for the inspiration you have been to the entire world. You have the dignity that proceeds from a life well lived. I will love and remember you forever.

Thank you, Mr. Cliburn for sharing your gift
of brilliance on the piano..You are the best
pianist among many fine pianists..Thanks be to God for you. You are a beautiful soul..I love the way you honored your parents, and
how you cared for others in a broad sense.
Enjoy your heavenly reward. You live on in
our thoughts always.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Today we celebrate your life..
Thank you for being here, thank you for all your Love, for your great life, utterly dedicated to Music, to giving Hope, to creating the greatest Message to people- love each other, Music is Connection. You will always be my best teacher, being my Star since I was 14, and you will be forever the Absolute Pianist for me.
Through my joy ?nd my sorrow,
In the Promise of Another Tomorrow...
I'll never let you...

I first heard Van Cliburn play in the 2 story wood frame Music School at Centenary College where I as a young teen ager was studying piano at the time in the early-mid 1950's. I have thrilled to and been inspired by him and his incredible musical gifts ever since. I still play the piano. I was so delighted to see him at the midnight Christmas service at Holy Cross Episcopal Church on several occasions. Sally Fox

I saw Van Cliburn in Chicago, a few months after he won the Tchaikovsky prize. Over 100,000 people were there (such a crowd has never been there since). He was remarkable. And he treated us to five encores!

I can't stop listening to Chaikovsky Concert No 1 brilliantly performed by Van Cliburn... RIP, Maestro

Mr. Cliburn was my inspiration to learn classical piano. I remember spending hours practicing to his 33 RPM album. Just an inspirational person.