VADYM KHOLODENKO / piano

Gold Medallist of the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in 2013, Kiev-born Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true super-artist” (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 to the Competition. Since then, Kholodenko has continued to build an international reputation for interpretations that are impeccable, tasteful and vibrant. Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Bashmet, Carl St. Clair, Christopher Seaman, and Vladimir Spivakov. Recent and forthcoming highlights include: debuts with the Indianapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix, and San Diego symphony orchestras, concerto appearances with the Malmö Symphony, Madrid RTVE Symphony, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a return visit to the Aspen Music Festival for a performance of Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus, a three-year association with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as its first ever artistic partner, which includes performances of the complete Prokofiev concertos (to be recorded by Harmonia Mundi). His first recording for Harmonia Mundi was released in November 2013, featuring Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka and the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes, and a new 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 this year.