2017 Cliburn Competition Results

Janos Gereben on June 13, 2017
Bronze medalist Daniel Hsu, left; silver medalist Kenneth Broberg, center; and gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo receiving awards in the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth | Credit: Ralph Lauer

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which concluded on Saturday, lived up to the distinguished record of the event by introducing brilliant young talent to a global audience.

The Fort Worth, Texas, organization and Medici.TV, which jointly made the concerts available for free streaming, continue to provide archived videos so the public “may relive every moment” of the competition.

The competition featured 30 world-class young artists in recitals, chamber music collaborations, and concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductors Leonard Slatkin and Nicholas McGegan.

Daniel Hsu placed third in the competition | Credit: Carolyn Cruz

Here are the top awards:

  • First prize, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van Cliburn Winner’s Cup to Yekwon Sunwoo, 28, South Korea (who will appear on a Steinway Society Bay Area concert); $50,000 award

  • Second prize, Silver Medal to Kenneth Broberg, 23, U.S.; $25,000 cash award

  • Third prize, Bronze Medal to Daniel Hsu, 19, U.S.; $15,000 cash award. (The Bay Area native’s first triumps were at the San Jose International Piano Competition, the MTAC All-State Concerto Competition, and the Pacific Musical Society Piano Competition.)

  • Other finalists: Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong; Yury Favorin, Russia; Georgy Tchaidze, Russia

  • Audience Award to Rachel Cheung

  • Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music and Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of New Work to Daniel Hsu

  • John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award to Dasol Kim, South Korea

  • Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award to Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy

  • Jury Discretionary Award to Tony Yike Yang, Canada

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong at the Cliburn finals | Credit: Carolyn Cruz