Vadym Kholodenko, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist

  • Vadym Kholodenko
  • "...the Fort Worth crowd cheered him like a rock star.” — Cincinnati Enquirer
  • “This could be the NCAA championship or the World Series.” — San Francisco Chronicle
  • "In Kholodenko's hands, the music danced." - Dallas Observer

Once every four years all eyes are upon the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The quadrennial winner — including such exceptional performers as Radu Lupu, Cristina Ortiz and Barry Douglas — can lay claim to the title of best piano player in the world.

Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko won first prize at both the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 2012, and the Sendai International Music Competition in 2010. He has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, and other distinguished conductors, and has performed across the globe in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. He released recordings of Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Medtner on Russia's TV Culture label in 2009. An avid chamber musician as well, he performed and recorded a CD with violinist Alena Baeva, and formed a piano duo with Andrey Gugnin which they dubbed "iDuo." Mr. Kholodenko currently resides in Moscow, where he attends the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

RACHMANINOV - “Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, op. 28” and “Polka de V.R.”
RACHMANINOV - Transcriptions of Bach’s “Suite from the Partita in E Major for Violin”
SCHUBERT - “Wohin”
MENDELSSOHN - “Scherzo” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
TCHAIKOVSKY - “Lullaby, op. 16, no. 1”
KREISLER -  “Liebesleid” and “Liebesfreud”

Preconcert Conversation at 6:45 p.m. in Macky Room 102 with CU College of Music's Alexandra Nguyen

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