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Haochen Zhang (center) receives the 2009 Van Cliburn Gold Medal.
Courtesy Altre Media/Van Cliburn Foundation

Every four years, a select group of talented young pianists descends upon Fort Worth, Texas, with dreams of winning the top prize — and forever changing their lives — in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the esteemed competition, and as such, on Sept. 28, PBS is airing The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold, a documentary by Emmy Award–winning producer/director Peter Rosen that explores the esteemed event’s history through the recollections of 15 of its gold medalists. A book commemorating the competition will be released next spring.

www.cliburn.org