May 132009

It is important to have heroes.  When I was young Van Cliburn was one of my heroes. This performance, with Kirill Kondrashin in Moscow in 1962, came four years after his victory in the Tchaikovsky Competition — an event that precipitated a cultural thaw in the cold war.  Notice Nikita Khrushchev applauding at the end.

The thirteenth Van Cliburn Competition is May 22 to June 7 in Fort Worth — with live webcasts here.

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  1. Many years later, I spent an interesting few hours with Sergei Khrushchev, a computer scientist, talking about complex systems and computer science in the Soviet Union. I wish had thought to ask him about Van Cliburn.

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