Van Cliburn

1934 - 2013

Van Cliburn

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 559,010 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 440th most popular musician.

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  • 28

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  • 3.21

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Van Cliburn ranks 440 out of 2,258Before him are Grace Slick, Bud Powell, Al Di Meola, Elmore James, Krystian Zimerman, and Eddie Van Halen. After him are John Frusciante, Jelly Roll Morton, Donovan, Yann Tiersen, Geezer Butler, and Phil Rudd.

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Among people born in 1934, Van Cliburn ranks 117Before him are Claude Berri, Otar Iosseliani, Freddie King, Raina Kabaivanska, Fredric Jameson, and Jean Ziegler. After him are Omar Karami, Vicar, Gloria Steinem, Pierre Clastres, Alan Bates, and Tony Hoare. Among people deceased in 2013, Van Cliburn ranks 113Before him are Bernadette Lafont, Ronnie Biggs, Marta Eggerth, Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, and Bill Foulkes. After him are Ottmar Walter, Manolo Escobar, Mitja Ribičič, Karen Black, Colin Davis, and Tom Sharpe.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Van Cliburn ranks 2,251 out of 12,171Before him are Michael Rosbash (1944), Richard Hamming (1915), Gall (1840), James McKeen Cattell (1860), Fredric Jameson (1934), and Stockard Channing (1944). After him are John Frusciante (1970), Siri Hustvedt (1955), Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Gene Wolfe (1931), Dwight F. Davis (1879), and Ross Macdonald (1915).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Van Cliburn ranks 138Before him are Eddie Vedder (1964), Philly Joe Jones (1923), Jason Newsted (1963), Grace Slick (1939), Bud Powell (1924), and Al Di Meola (1954). After him are John Frusciante (1970), Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Joe Pass (1929), Tito Puente (1923), Jermaine Jackson (1954), and Bruno Mars (1985).