Van Cliburn performs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in honor of The Humane Society of the United States' 50th anniversary, Wed., Feb. 25, 2004. Cliburn's encore performance included the Lizst-Schumann Widmung (Dedication), which he dedicated to the crowd who had "loved deeply a cherished pet." (Glenwood Jackson/The Humane Society of the United States via U.S. Newswire)
The Cliburn Foundation has decided to forgo an international search for its new executive director and name its interim leader to the position.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports foundation officials promoted Jacques Marquis because of his good nature, musical knowledge and administrative skills that have brought stability to an organization troubled by turnover.
The foundation board voted to promote Marquis to the roles of president and CEO. The foundation is the parent to the celebrated Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Marquis replaces Alann Sampson, who resigned abruptly in November, just two months before international screening auditions for the competition were scheduled to begin.
The 48-year-old Marquis had been working for the foundation since September as a consultant.
The competition is named for the renowned pianist who died in February.