posted on November 04, 2010 13:50
Historic media coverage of Van Cliburn winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958. Supposedly, this competition was intended to demonstrate the superiority of Soviet pianists, and the judges had allegedly been told to award the prize to a Soviet. However, Van Cliburn's performance was outstanding, and the crowd gave him an 8-minute standing ovation. The judges asked Nikita Khrushchev what they should do, and he responded, "Is he the best? Then give him the prize."
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