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With 6 finalists in place, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition nears coda

June 13,2022

See full Fort Worth Star-Telegram article by Emerson Clarridge here.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition jury late Sunday selected six finalists after performances in Bass Performance Hall.

The Cliburn, held in Fort Worth every four years, began with 30 competitors who were picked from 388 applicants from 51 countries.

The 16th competition had been scheduled for last year but was postponed to this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the semifinals that ended Sunday, each pianist performed a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

After the finals, medalists will be announced at 7 p.m. Saturday.


The finalists are:

  • Dmytro Choni, 28, of Ukraine
  • Anna Geniushene, 31, of Russia
  • Uladzislau Khandohi, 20, of Belarus
  • Yunchan Lim, 18, of South Korea
  • Ilya Shmukler, 27, of Russia
  • Clayton Stephenson, 23, of the United States


Tuesday, June 14

Final Round Concert 1

7:30 p.m. Yunchan Lim – BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37

Ilya Shmukler – RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30

20-minute intermission

Clayton Stephenson – GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major

Wednesday, June 15

Final Round Concert 2

7:30 p.m. Uladzislau Khandohi – RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18

Anna Geniushene – BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15

20-minute intermission

Dmytro Choni – PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26

Friday, June 17

Final Round Concert 3

7:30 p.m.

Clayton Stephenson – RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30

Ilya Shmukler – GRIEG Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 16

20-minute intermission

Yunchan Lim – RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30

Saturday, June 18

Final Round Concert 4

3 p.m.

Dmytro Choni – BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37

Uladzislau Khandohi – CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, op. 11

20-minute intermission

Anna Geniushene – TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23

Finale in Sundance Square on Friday, Saturday

“As a grand thank you to the people of Fort Worth and a big, public celebration of our extraordinary competitors, the Cliburn will host a two-day finale in Sundance Square Plaza, just across from Bass Performance Hall,” a Cliburn spokesperson said in a news release. “All events are free to attend and are open to all ages, so bring your friends, family, and some chairs to bask in the music and to toast our new winners!”

Friday’s event starts at 6 p.m. and will include a simulcast of the concert starting at 7:30. Watch live on a giant LED screen as three of the six finalists perform concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop. Vendors will be set up in the Sundance Square Plaza with food and beverages for purchase.

Saturday’s event will begin with a family festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., which is new this year and will include free family activities under the Sundance umbrellas. There will be two special concerts — at 11:15 a.m. (Cliburn Kids education program) & 12:15 p.m. (Piano Lunch performance by 2022 competitors) — in the pavilion. Food and beverage vendors will open at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a simulcast of the final concert and awards ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. on the giant LED screen Vendors will remain open in the plaza.

Just after the awards ceremony, a closing party will begin at 8 p.m., with a three-hour performance by Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra! Around 9:15 p.m., on the Sundance stage they will introduce the 2022 Cliburn medalists.

Details on a webcast can be found at For ticket information, visit

Location Mentioned: Bass Performance Hall