Marin Alsop to chair Van Cliburn jury

Highly acclaimed and much-loved conductor Marin Alsop has been named as chair of the jury for the next Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Taking place in Fort Worth, Texas, from 28 May – 12 June 2021, the Cliburn is one of the world’s foremost contests for your pianists.

In addition to chairing the jury Alsop will conduct Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra during the final round. She will also take part in the selection of the jury – however, she herself will not vote other than in the case of a tie.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the talented young pianists at the Cliburn competition,” said Alsop. “Collaborating with this world-class organisation that is devoted to nurturing future generations aligns with my commitment to education and passion for mentoring young musicians.”

Added Cliburn president and CEO Jacques Marquis: “We could not be more pleased with this new partnership with Marin Alsop. Not only is she a powerful voice in classical music internationally and a fantastic conductor, she is also well known for her commitment to reaching new audiences and her encouragement of young artists.”

Alsop is currently music director at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the principal conductor and music director of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and will become chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in September 2019.