Van Cliburn was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition, he won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, aged 23. He won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to classical music in 2004. Van Cliburn toured domestically and overseas. He played for royalty and heads of state, and every president from Eisenhower to Obama. He was the first classical recording artist to have an album, his recording ofTchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, sell more than 1 million copies, and eventually went triple-platinum.