Hitting the right note

Van Cliburn, American pianist

1934 – Born in Shreveport, Louisiana
1937 – Begins taking piano lessons from his mother
1946 – Wins a state-wide piano competition which enabled him to debut with the Houston symphony orchestra
1951 – Enters the Juilliard School, New York
1954 – Wins the Leventritt Award and debuts at Carnegie Hall
1958 – Wins the first international Tchaikovsky Competition
1958 – Signs contract with RCA Victor
1958 – Wins Grammy award for best classical performance
1962 – Artistic advisor, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
1987 – Invited to perform at the White House
1994 – Makes a guest appearance in Iron Man cartoon
2001 – Receives the Kennedy Center honors
2003 – Awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom by president George W. Bush
2004 – Awarded the Russian Order of friendship
2004 – Awarded the Grammy lifetime achievement award

Today we will meet a living legend for all connoisseurs of classical music. Great American pianist Van Cliburn has come to Moscow to take part in an international festival commemorating Mstislav Rostropovich. Van Cliburn is also giving a rare workshop for young Russian musicians. He’s our guest in the studio today.