Van Cliburn

Mar 27, 2013

Van Cliburn performing in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1964
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 American pianist, Van Cliburn, achieved worldwide fame in 1958 when he won the first International Piano Competition in Moscow.

At the height of the Cold War, Nikita Khrushchev had to give his permission for an American to receive the award.

Van Cliburn was given a New York City ticker-tape parade, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician.