“...he brought such a refined level of sophistication to his phrasing that made one marvel at the beauty of the music instead of his level of virtuosity.” –The Strait Times (Singapore)  
2013 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist

Vadym Kholodenko, piano

October 3, 2017, 7:30pm


Principal Underwriter: Friends of Vesta Lee Gordon

Underwriter: Woodard Properties


Bach                     4 Duets  BWV 802-5
Mozart                 Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor K310
Beethoven           Piano Sonata No 2 Op 2/2
Tchaikovsky         Piano Sonata in G major Op 37



Vadym Kholodenko

Gold Medalist, Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Vadym Kholodenko is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic technically gifted performers of the new generation of pianists, praised by the Philadelphia Enquirer in his performance of Tchaikovsky with the Philadelphia Orchestra for “his absorbing melodic shading [and] glittering passage work”.  Winner of the 2013 Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kholodenko has begun to forge an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great critical acclaim.  Previous awards include First Prize at the 2011 Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, First Prize at the 2010 Sendai Piano Competition in Japan and the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

Following the Cliburn Competition Kholodenko was appointed the first ever “Artist in Partnership” with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  This three-year collaboration included performances of the complete Prokofiev piano concertos which were recorded for release on Harmonia Mundi in addition to chamber music projects and international touring.  Artistic partnerships form an integral part of Kholodenko’s musical drive.  A committed chamber musician, he has collaborated with Vadim Repin, Alena Baeva and cellist Alexander Buzlov.  His strength in this area was recognised by the Cliburn Competition judges who additionally awarded him the competition’s prize for Best Chamber Music Performance.  

Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Kazuki Yamada and Carl St Clair.  In North America he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and given recitals throughout the country including in Boston and at the Aspen Music Festival.  In Europe he has recently worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orquestra Sinfónica Do Porto Casa Da Música, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, Orquesta Nacional de España and given recitals at LSO St Lukes in London, Radio France in Paris, Liszt Academy Budapest, Lucerne, Moscow Conservatoire and, at the SWR Schwetzignen Festspiele.  

He has performed extensively in Japan including with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and regularly returns for recital tours.  In 2013 he held a residency at the Mariinsky Concert Hall where he was named Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev, who has since requested him for concerto performances in Paris, Luxembourg and Moscow.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerto engagements with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane / Paul Daniel, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and a tour of the US with the Staatskapelle Weimar and Kirill Karabits.  He also performs concerto and recital at the Festival de Mayo in Mexico.  Recital tours take him regularly back to the US, whilst highlights in elsewhere include appearances in Paris, Budapest, Beirut and Moscow.  He continues as Artist-in-Residence at the Fribourg International Piano Series with both solo and chamber music programmes.

Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Harth-Bedoya, which was released in August 2015 to critical acclaim and awarded “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone “a truly outstanding recording”.  His latest release for the label – the first installment of his Prokofiev Concerto Cycle (Nos 2 & 5) – was praised by Gramophone for its “forthright, lithe ad virile performances”.  Future releases include the second disc of Prokofiev concertos and solo works by Scriabin.

Vadym Kholodenko was born in 1986 in Kiev, Ukraine.  At the age of 13 he gave his first concerts in the USA, China, Hungary and Croatia and in 2004 he was awarded the Russian Youth National Prize “Triumph”.  In 2005 moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire under the tutelage of the Honoured Artist of the USSR, Professor Vera Gornostaeva.