The Cliburn


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

Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audience and critics alike for powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence. His cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto K. 467–which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition–showed him to have “the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). He has since made successful debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center, Aspen Summer Festival, and La Jolla Music Society, and was named the Mariinsky Theatre’s September Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev. Other highlights of Mr. Kholodenko’s 2013-14 season include tours of Japan and Italy; appearances with the Porto Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Academic Orchestra, and Rostropovich Festival; and debuts in major cities across the United States. A live CD of his Competition-winning performances featuring Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka and the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes was released to acclaim by harmonia mundi in November 2013. He has previously performed across the globe and worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, and other distinguished conductors. Born in Kiev, Mr. Kholodenko now resides in Moscow.

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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Vadym Kholodenko on Tour

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