The Steinway & Sons Podcast

On Van Cliburn


At the height of the Cold War in 1958, a young, tall drink of water from Texas loped into the lion’s den of Moscow and won the piano prize in the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition. Ben Finane, Editor in Chief at Steinway’s award-winning online music magazine, speaks to the legacy of Steinway Immortal Van Cliburn and the legacy of classical music in America.

‘Van Cliburn was not our greatest pianist but something far nobler: our greatest ambassador for classical music.’

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