Van Cliburn, Cold War Musical Envoy, Dies at 78

Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a phenomenally successful and lucrative career, though a short-lived one, died on Wednesday at his home in Fort Worth. He was 78.
A Great Pianist who passed to early. His influence on the Piano and Classical music will be treasured for decades to come. The Van Cliburn piano competition for which he sponsored and supported was the spring board of many Concert Pianists. May he rest in peace and God bless his sole. Thanks for all you have given us and may you continue to influence young aspiring pianist for years to come.