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Vadym Kholodenko


Vadym Kholodenko
, piano
Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation. Winner of the coveted gold medal and all special prizes at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, he is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia, and North America to great acclaim.

This season, he makes debuts with the Atlanta, Eugene, and Hawaii symphony orchestras, and also with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert presented by the San Diego Symphony. He also is in his second year of an artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra featuring the Prokofiev piano concerto cycle and chamber projects. His last performance with the RPO was in November 2014. European engagements include debuts with the BBC Scottish, Spanish National, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and a return to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In August 2015, he appeared in Zürich with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists.

Solo recitals have taken him to the music capitals of the world, including Boston, Budapest, Los Angeles, and Paris, and in other cities around the world. A committed chamber musician, Kholodenko has collaborated with the Brentano and Enso Quartets, violinists Vadim Repin and Alena Baeva, and cellist Nina Kotova, and formed the piano duet iDuo with Andrey Gugnin. Also interested in composing, he performed a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 during the Cliburn Competition’s Final Round—which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition. He also often programs his own transcriptions.
Kholodenko’s first recording for harmonia mundi was released in November 2013, featuring Stravinsky’s Petrushka and the complete Liszt Transcendental Études. A disc of the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya was released in August 2015 and selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone. The complete Prokofiev concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will follow in 2016 and 2017.

Born in Kiev, Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He made his first appearances in the U.S, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13. In 2005, he moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva. Under her tutelage, he won top prizes at the 2011 Schubert, 2010 Sendai, and 2010 Maria Callas International piano competitions.

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