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Vadym Kholodenko

2013 gold medalist

Age as of Competition: 26

“With Kholodenko, the instrument, and the [Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1], showed refreshing vitality, showcasing a thoughtful and enterprising talent.” –Philadelphia Inquirer

Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Winner of the coveted gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth 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 enters the second year of his artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with the continuation of the Prokofiev piano concerto cycle and chamber projects, and returns to the Rochester Philharmonic. European engagements include debuts with the BBC Scottish, Kristiansand Symphony, Spanish National, Sydney Symphony, and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestras. Recitals will take him to Austin, Budapest, Porto, Vancouver, and other cities around the world. Harmonia mundi releases a recording of the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya in August 2015, which joins two critically acclaimed solo CDs released since his Competition win.

U.S. tour air travel provided in part by American Airlines.

Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal
Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music
Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work


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