The Associated Press reports sad news regarding the health state of famous pianist Van Cliburn – the 78-year-old has been diagnosed with bone cancer. His publicist said on Monday that even though the disease has been caught in an advanced state, Cliburn is in high spirits.
On Monday, the publicist of classical pianist Van Cliburn, Mary Lou Falcone, announced that he was diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and for the moment he is resting at his home in Texas.
Cliburn, who started taking piano lesson from his mother at only 3 years old, has performed for every U.S. president since Harry Truman. After finishing his studies at Julliard, he won the Leventritt Competition and performed with several orchestras before winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the young age of 23.
Time magazine named him “The Texan Who Conquered Russia”.
In the following years, the man coming from a small town in Texas became an international music icon, gaining fans that caused riots whenever he was spotted in public and even getting an Elvis fan Club to change his name to his.
In 2003, Cliburn was offered the Presidential Medal of Freedom and one year later he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the past years, he has moved his residence from New York back to Texas, in Fort Worth, where he is currently living.