After the concert on Friday, I went the press room and then went around Bass Hall on the way to my hotel. Just at that moment, Van Cliburn was leaving the hall. Stanislav Ioudenitch, the 2001 Gold Medal winner and his daughter are next to Van Cliburn. I understand that Ioudenitch’s daughter is a fine violinist.
I noticed that Van Cliburn could barely take two steps before someone would come up to him for an autograph or want to give him a hug. Well, he seems to take to the time to comply with every demand in a very nice and gracious way.