Van Cliburn, RIP

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Van Cliburn died this morning of bone cancer.  He is most well known for winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 23 (in 1958) at the height of the Cold War.

Here he is performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1:

Here is the media coverage of his 1958 win of the competition:

Here is news coverage of Van Cliburn playing at the Reagan whitehouse for Mikhail Gorbachev:

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3 responses to “Van Cliburn, RIP

  1. A legendary pianist whose legacy will live!

  2. I meant to say that the sound quality on the videos you posted are really good considering how old they are. Thanks for posting!

  3. Pingback: Van Cliburn Has Passed Away | Lez Get Real

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