Van Cliburn in Moscow, Vol. 2, Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor and Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kirill Kondrashin. Live performances, 1972. American pianist Van Cliburn made history when he won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958. As a cultural ambassador, he helped thaw the Cold War between the US and Russia.