Praise for "When the World Stopped to Listen"

"A great book about a great American musician who, in the tensions of Cold War, helped move our world from war to peace."
— Sergei Khrushchev

"Exciting, thorough, and deeply moving... a most satisfying experience."
— Emanuel Ax

"...Marvelously researched and written. I couldn't put the book down."
— Yefim Bronfman

"Beautifully written, this is an insider's report of the onstage and offstage drama around the 1958 triumph of Van Cliburn and the incredible musical events that led to a Cold War 'thaw'..."
— AndrĂ© Watts

"A spellbinding, even a startling, adventure story, starring the legendary American pianist: a life of triumph and tragedy."
— David Dubal

"[Cliburn's] triumph and subsequent career can be understood only in the context of Cold War political, social, and musical tensions, a heady mix that Stuart Isacoff examines with unusual skill."
— Garrick Ohlsson


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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Cremona Musica, Cremona, Italy
Piano recital: "Classical Jazz Connections," featuring the Yamaha Disklavier

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Cremona Musica, Cremona, Italy
Judging a composition contest for new works that feature the Disklavier

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Italy
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath"



February 25, 2018
Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Vero Beach, FL
Presentation: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
6 PM

February 26, 2018
The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
6 PM

March 13, 2018
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Lunchtime Lecture Series: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
Noon to 1 PM

March 17, 2018
2018 Music Teachers National Association Conference
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Piano Pedagogy Seminar: "The Sound of Van Cliburn"

April 13, 2018
Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)
New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Keynote Speech: Imagination in Science and Art
12 PM

May 1, 2018
Steinway Hall, New York, NY
A celebration of pianist Alicia de Larrocha
Moderator for a discussion with Maestro Andre Previn and Alicia Torra de Larrocha

May 22, 2018
BBC World Service
Radio broadcast conversation on the history of the piano

August 19, 2018
Husum Rarities of Piano Music Festival, Husum, Germany
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
11 AM

September 28-30, 2018
Cremona Music Fair, Cremona, Italy
Presentation: "When the World Stopped to Listen"

October 1-3, 2018
Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Sienna, Italy
Lecture; Consultant for Chigiana Global Academic Programs