Brookline teen gets call to play in Cliburn competition

Amir Siraj.

Bravo to Brookline’s Amir Siraj, one of 24 young pianists in the world — yes, the world — who’ll compete in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in June in Fort Worth (the late Van Cliburn’s longtime home). Competitors ages 13 to 17 hail from far and wide, including China, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Tajikistan. Siraj, 15, a student of Helena Vesterman’s since 2006, knows something about the big stage, having already performed at both Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall. Between now and June, Siraj will play with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra on April 12 at Quincy High School and May 18 at the First Parish of Watertown.