Doctor Wins Cliburn Piano Contest

Monday, May 30, 2011  |  Updated 9:38 AM CDT
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Race Car Designer Competes in Van Cliburn

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Christopher Shih, a doctor from Maryland, on Sunday won the Van Cliburn Sixth International Piano Competition for Amateurs.

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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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