- Valenda Newell
  • "Happy Birthday precious Van. Thank you for the inspiration..."
    - Joan Rentel
  • "Thank you, Mr. Cliburn for sharing your gift of brilliance..."
    - Christina Sims
  • "In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you..."
  • "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mr. Cliburn!! Today we celebrate your..."
    - Elena Kuznetzova

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 excellence and sensitivity that remains his great legacy. We extend our deepest condolences to his life partner, Tommy Smith, and his many friends. Bruce Kovner, Chairman Joseph W. Polisi, President Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean Yoheved Kaplinsky, Chair, Piano Department

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 28, 2013
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