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NPR’s From the Top goes backstage at the 2019 Cliburn Junior

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Airing nationally Oct. 8, NPR’s From the Top goes behind-the-scenes at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival. Available on participating NPR stations and by podcast (details at:

Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan, this documentary-style episode of From the Top features six of the 23 young pianists (age 13 to 17) chosen to participate in two weeks of high-level competition and intense artistic development at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Dallas.

From the Top’s special episode reveals the personal journeys and backstories of these young artists in the midst of this incredible experience, as well as some of their groundbreaking performances. Listen to the episode here: Featured performances:

Avery Gagliano, piano, 17, from Washington, D.C. performing Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52 Allegro by Franz Joseph Haydn (Audience Award winner) Eva Gevorgyan, piano, 15, from Moscow, Russia performing Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 Andantino Getragen by Robert Schumann (2nd place) JiWon Yang, piano, 17, from Seoul, South Korea performing Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Allegro moderato and Presto feroce (3rd place) Chun Lam U, piano, 16, from Hong Kong performing Sonata for Piano, Sz. 80 by Bela Bartók (Semifinalist) J J Jun Li Bui, piano, 14, from Toronto, Canada performing Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin (Peer Award winner) Shuan Hern Lee, piano, 16, from Perth, Australia performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30, Allegro ma non tanto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ruth Reinhardt (1st place) To learn more about the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival please visit:

Watch full competition performances at:

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