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.FULL STORY
Van was a great pianist. I think sometimes he ate at my restaurant, maybe.
I remember well what a wonderful moment for the U S and especially VanCliburn. Momentous "victory" at the time.
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!!
I submitted a tribute to Van Cliburn. It was rejected, probably for being too long or too detailed. Cliburn was a wonderful artist.
My friend JIF are you not a classic pianist?
@ 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.
JIF please let me know when you are preforming in Washinton DC area! My wife and I would love to see you perform.
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