Cliburn Contest for Amateurs Set for May

A kindergarten teacher, a screenwriter and a Formula One race car designer are among 77 people competing in the Van Cliburn Foundation's Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.

The event is for those 35 and older who don't earn their living teaching or playing the piano, although many are classically trained pianists. Cliburn Foundation officials announced Wednesday the competition will be the last week of May at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

The event is an offshoot of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, now held every four years in the pianist's hometown of Fort Worth, most recently in 2009.

Cliburn isn't a judge at either competition but presents awards. The acclaimed pianist gained prominence after winning the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958.

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