Van Cliburn (Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr.)

Photos with Van Cliburn

Search on Amazon


Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Van Cliburn was born Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. on July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His mother, named Rildia Bee O'Bryan, had been taught piano by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. Cliburn began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, who was strict and demanded perfection. At the age of twelve Cliburn won a piano competition in Texas and made his debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. At the age of twenty he made his debut at Carnegie Hall.

In 1958 Cliburn won the First International Tshaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Read more...


Character: Himself - Classical Pianist

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014

Character: Himself - Pianist

Live from Lincoln Center 1976

Character: Himself - Performer-Recipient

Sunday Showcase 1959