Crescendo: A Documentary of Artistry and the Cliburn Legacy


Join us for the North American premiere of “Crescendo,” the highly anticipated 2022 Cliburn competition documentary Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU. The film chronicles the incredible journey of Yunchan Lim, the 19-year-old pianist who became the youngest person ever to win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Directed and produced by Heather Wilk in her directorial debut, the film follows 30 of the world’s most promising musiciansas they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the renowned competition. Vying for gold and their chance to achieve classical piano stardom, contestants captivate audiences through six intense performances and multiple elimination rounds.

“‘Crescendo’ tells the story of the world’s most talented pianists and the role that Fort Worth plays in supporting their aspirations,” explains Director and Producer Heather Wilk. “Music brings the world together, and Fort Worth, through its hospitality and kindness, has created a global home for future generations of classical musicians and their fans. The film wouldn’t have been possible without this inspiring community.”

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“Crescendo” will premiere at the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU.

The prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was founded in 1962 as a tribute to Van Cliburn, a classical music icon and pianist of the 20th century. He gained international fame during the height of the Cold War when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958. The Cliburn strives to share exceptional classical music with a global audience and launches the careers of its winners every four years.

“We are delighted to once again welcome the Cliburn to TCU,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. “With such a long and storied history together, it is especially meaningful to have them host this screening during our Sesquicentennial celebration. We are extremely proud of the beautiful, state-of-the-art Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU that enhances our students’ academic experience and honors the life and legacy of its namesake.”

The screening will be followed by an on-stage Q&A with filmmakers and 2022 Cliburn finalist Clayton Stephenson.

Tickets are free, but required, and seating is general admission.

6 p.m. – Lobby doors open with red carpet
6:30 p.m. – Van Cliburn Concert Hall doors open
7 p.m. – “Crescendo” screening
9 p.m. – Q&A with filmmakers & Clayton Stephenson