Dr. Tamás Ungár
For forty years, PianoTexas has graced the world’s piano stage. That it has become a landmark event is thanks
to the generosity and loyalty of its legions of supporters over the decades—individuals,
corporations and institutions—and the energy and dedication of the well over two thousand
participating pianists who have brought so much to our programs: our internationally
renowned guest artists and immensely talented young performers, teachers, amateurs,
Without the unswerving commitment of Texas Christian University and the School of
Fine Arts, PianoTexascould not have maintained its strong and consistent presence over all this time. Personally,
and on behalf of the entire PianoTexas community, I extend sincere thanks to Dean Richard Gipson, School of Music Director
Dr. Kristen Queen, the present and past higher administration of the University, and
my School of Music colleagues for giving so much of themselves, for so long, to make
and keep our program as great as it is.
Back in 1981, Van Cliburn expressed his wish to me that we should create a “Festival
Experience” together, in which the Cliburn Competition and the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute
(as PianoTexas was then known) would collaborate closely, each enriching the other. From that day
to this PianoTexas and the TCU School of Music have striven to realize the Master’s wish, working together
with the Competition over shared programs, artists, venues and facilities, and we
will carry this forward over the years to come.
We are poised now for a vibrant and wonderful PianoTexas in June 2021, firm in our belief that the pandemic will have abated before then in
Fort Worth, across the USA, and around the world. We are monitoring the situation
day by day and updates will be posted on this site as they become available to us.
In conclusion, I wish you, your loved ones and your colleagues continued health and
safety over the coming months, and that your music will nourish you as it always has,
and always will.