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Vadym Kholodenko

Feb 03

Performance Dates

  • Tue Feb 03 2015 7:30 PM


In June 2013, Vadym Kholodenko became the recipient of the Gold Medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then it has been a busy and exciting time for the young Ukranian pianist with extensive touring throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA to great critical acclaim. His recent debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra led to Daniel Webster of The Philadelphia Inquirer praising Kholodenko’s “absorbing melodic shadings, glittering passage work, and a sense of sound that erased any fears about the stereotype of the competition winner.”

Program:Handel: Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K. 485, Rondo in A Minor, K. 511Beethoven: Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2Debussy: Children’s Corner, Images - Book 2Balakirev: Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)


Kholodenko program notes


Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Also taking home prizes for best performance of the piano quintet and best performance of the commissioned work, he further demonstrated his artistry with a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467—which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition. Since then, Kholodenko has continued to build an international reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).


In the 2014–15 season, Kholodenko will make orchestra debuts with the Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony, and gives solo recitals in Boston, Louisville, Miami, and Seattle. In August he will return to the Aspen Music Festival for a performance of Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus. This season also marks the beginning of his three-year association with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as its first Artistic Partner. The collaboration will include performances of the complete Prokofiev concertos, which will be recorded for Harmonia Mundi, as well as chamber projects and international touring in 2016.


Outside of the United States, he will appear with the Malmö Symphony, Madrid RTVE Symphony, and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestras, and undertake a tour of South America with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In recital, he will perform throughout the United Kingdom, and for Radio France in Paris, the Schwetzingen Festspiele in Germany, Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon, and on tour of Japan and Singapore.


Last season, he made successful debuts at the Mann Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra; at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Brevard Music Center Festival, and Festival del Sole; and in recitals in Carmel, Houston, Indianapolis, Portland, Santa Fe, and other cities across the United States. In Europe, he made appearances with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and held a residency at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, where he was named Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev.


Kholodenko has previously worked with Leonard Slatkin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Carl St. Clair, Christopher Seaman, Vladimir Spivakov, and other distinguished conductors. A committed chamber musician as well, he has collaborated with Vadim Repin, Alena Baeva, and Nina Kotova, and formed the piano duet iDuo with Andrey Gugnin.


Kholodenko’s first recording for Harmonia Mundi was released in November 2013, featuring Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka and the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes. A disc of the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya will be released in summer 2015, and the Prokofiev Concerto cycle with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will follow in 2016 and 2017.


Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13. In 2005, Kholodenko moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Professor Vera Gornostaeva. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two daughters.


Vadym Kholodenko Masterclass | Mon, Feb 2, 3:30-5pm | Meany Hall

Documentary Screening and Q&ATue, Feb 2, 7pm  |  Meany Hall

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