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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch at the Van Cliburn

Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch photographer Jeremy Enlow had the honor of photographing the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This prestigious piano competition has been a pillar of classical music in America, and it all started right here in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1958, Dr. Irl Allison announced his intention to establish the competition. The first event was held in 1962. Unlike most other music competitions, Cliburn competitors stay with host families. This allows the musicians to experience Fort Worth’s culture in a unique and personal way.

Jeremy Enlow photographed the Cliburn piano competition in Fort Worth, Texas

Rachel Cheung, of Hong Kong, Finalist and Audience Award 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Sharing in the spirit of Texan hospitality, Jeremy sent each of the finalists home with a signed copy of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. That means books are now in Berlin, Hong Kong, Moscow, South Korea… and a little closer to home, Philadelphia and Kansas! For many of these musicians, the book is the closest they’ve ever been to American ranch life.

You can see the full gallery of Jeremy’s Van Cliburn Piano Competition photos here. The images include shots of the pianists in action, as well as portraits taken around Fort Worth (let us know if you recognize where they are!). To see more behind the scenes photos and special images from the event, be sure to follow Jeremy on Instagram.


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