Doctor Wins Cliburn Piano Contest

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    Ron T. Ennis/Star-Telegram
    Christopher Shih, a doctor from Maryland, on Sunday won the Van Cliburn Sixth International Piano Competition for Amateurs.

    A Maryland doctor has won the Van Cliburn Sixth International Piano Competition for Amateurs, 14 years after he competed in the prestigious Cliburn contest for professional pianists.

    Christopher Shih, a gastroenterologist in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday won the contest for those 35 or older who don't earn their living teaching or playing the piano.

    Van Cliburn Competition Underway

    [DFW] Van Cliburn Competition Underway
    72 amateur pianists from 10 countries ranging in age from 35 to 79 are tickling the ivories in The Van Cliburn Foundation's sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth. (Published Tuesday, May 24, 2011)

    Clark Griffith, a retired Fort Worth database programmer, placed second. Pittsburgh doctor Barry Coutinho placed third.

    The other finalists were online services developer Ken Iisaka of Mill Valley, Calif.; homemaker Jane Gibson King of Provo, Utah; and Formula One race car designer Dominic Piers Smith of Oxford, England.

    Race Car Designer Competes in Van Cliburn

    [DFW] Race Car Designer Competes in Van Cliburn
    Amateur pianist Dominic Smith is one of the youngest competitors in this year's Van Cliburn competition, and when he's not playing piano, he's designing race cars. (Published Thursday, May 26, 2011)

    Seventy people participated in this year's contest, an offshoot of the renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition that's also held every four years in Fort Worth.