- NAME: Van Cliburn
- OCCUPATION: Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: July 12, 1934
- DEATH DATE: February 27, 2013
- EDUCATION: The Juilliard School, Kilgore High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Shreveport, Louisiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Fort Worth, Texas
- Full Name: Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr.
- AKA: Harvey Lavan Cliburn
- AKA: Harvey Cliburn
- AKA: Van Cliburn
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Van Cliburn was an acclaimed pianist who played with the New York Philharmonic and founded an international piano competition.
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During his career, Van Cliburn played for every American president since Harry Truman. He received numerous honors over the years, including the Order of Friendship from Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2004. In 2011, Van Cliburn earned the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
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