The Takeaway: South Korean, American Pianists Take Home Van Cliburn Medals
Hosted by Todd Zwillich
In 1958, a Texas pianist became a national hero when he won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He returned home to Fort Worth, Texas, where four years later, a music professor established a competition in his name.
Every four years since 1962, pianists from across the globe have descended on Fort Worth for one of the most prestigious classical piano competitions in the world. They play for two and a half weeks in the hope of launching an international career.
On Saturday, Yekwon Sunwoo of South Korea won the competition, followed by two Americans: Kenneth Broberg of Minneapolis placed second, and Daniel Hsu of San Francisco placed third. Tonight, the three make their first public appearances as winners at WNYC’s The Greene Space, at an event hosted by WQXR’s Elliot Forest. Catch the live stream of that concert on WQXR.org.
Listen to the segment below: