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Van Cliburn

1934 - 2013

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Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. (; July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who, at the age of 23, achieved worldwide recognition when he won the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 during the Cold War. Cliburn's mother, a piano teacher and an accomplished pianist in her own right, discovered him playing at age three, mimicking one of her students, and arranged for him to start taking lessons. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Van Cliburn has received more than 843,041 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Van Cliburn is the 423rd most popular musician (up from 447th in 2019), the 2,358th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,383rd in 2019) and the 128th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Van Cliburn ranks 423 out of 2,662Before him are Alexander Siloti, Dionisio Aguado y García, Paul Rodgers, Lester Young, Greg Lake, and Alvin Lee. After him are Richard Z. Kruspe, Matthias Jabs, Bud Powell, George Young, Alice Herz-Sommer, and Josef Hofmann.

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Among people born in 1934, Van Cliburn ranks 116Before him are Kisho Kurokawa, Fredric Jameson, Kenzo Ohashi, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Lucien Bianchi, and Umberto Agnelli. After him are Laila Halme, Frankie Valli, Mohamed Ennaceur, Lakhdar Brahimi, Tatiana Samoilova, and Rue McClanahan. Among people deceased in 2013, Van Cliburn ranks 106Before him are Wolfgang Sawallisch, Taihō Kōki, Tuncel Kurtiz, Seki Matsunaga, Ray Harryhausen, and Alvin Lee. After him are Conrad Bain, Otto Sander, Frederik Pohl, Ali Kafi, Rossana Podestà, and Eleanor Parker.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Van Cliburn ranks 2,358 out of 18,182Before him are Grace Moore (1898), Harry Nilsson (1941), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Karen Carpenter (1950), Robert F. Engle (1942), and Charles Martin Hall (1863). After him are James Montgomery Flagg (1877), Don Taylor (1920), J. C. R. Licklider (1915), Miguel Ferrer (1955), Holly Hunter (1958), and Andrew Cunanan (1969).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Van Cliburn ranks 128Before him are Duane Allman (1946), Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Peggy Lee (1920), John Phillips (1935), Maurice White (1941), and Lester Young (1909). After him are Bud Powell (1924), Wes Montgomery (1923), Joe Perry (1950), Tom Fogerty (1941), Cannonball Adderley (1928), and Dexter Gordon (1923).