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Art Talk: 50 years later, what do you think of Van Cliburn, his win? Jacob Stockinger - This spring marks the 50th anniversary of American pianist Van Cliburn 's victory in the first Tchaikowsky International ... Full Story

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#1 Feb 29, 2008
I heard him play at the Stock Pavilion, of all places. Back in 1970, I think. That's where many concerts were because of the acoustics. He was late though, because when the cab brought him there he said it couldn't be the right place - so the cab drove out to the Coliseum. Of course they found out that the Stock Pavilion WAS the right place and drove him back there.

He was just amazing. And afterward I went up and shook his hand. His hand was huge. His hands would have to be very large to be able to play the octave and 1/2 chords in Tchaikowsky's Concerto #1. I have the record of him playing that. What a beautiful piece. He's just the greatest. And he's given young American pianists so much encouragement over the years.

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