Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78
Van Cliburn, whose 1958 victory in a major Moscow competition swelled U.S. pride when it was near a Cold War low, died Wednesday.
February 27th, 2013
12:32 PM ET

Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78

Van Cliburn, a classical pianist honored by a New York ticker-tape parade for winning a major Moscow competition in 1958, died Wednesday after a battle with bone cancer, his publicist said.

"He died peacefully in his Fort Worth, Texas, home ... surrounded by loved ones," spokeswoman Mary Lou Falcone said.

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  1. Patrick

    Van was a great pianist. I think sometimes he ate at my restaurant, maybe.

    February 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NancyGeorge

    I remember well what a wonderful moment for the U S and especially VanCliburn. Momentous "victory" at the time.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    I know a pianist who won a Van Cliburn award! Had no idea who Van Cliburn was at the time, but knew it was a great honor & that my friend had incredible talent! RIP, Mr. Pianist!!

    February 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I submitted a tribute to Van Cliburn. It was rejected, probably for being too long or too detailed. Cliburn was a wonderful artist.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      My friend JIF are you not a classic pianist?

      February 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ s kel: Yes, but Cliburn's sudden fame in 1958 put him, for some years, in the league of Garbo and Brando. I just read some old reviews of his that were unnecessarily critical and, to me, wrong. He was wonderful.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      JIF please let me know when you are preforming in Washinton DC area! My wife and I would love to see you perform.

      February 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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