FOURTEENTH VAN CLIBURN
PIANO COMPETITION ANNOUNCES WINNERS
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FORT WORTH, TEXAS, June 9, 2013-At the end of
17 days of inspired music-making inside the Nancy Lee and Perry R.
Bass Performance Hall, the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition announced its winners Sunday night from the
The recipient of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold
Medal and Van Cliburn Winner's Cup is
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine.
The silver medalist is
Beatrice Rana, 20, Italy.
The crystal award winner is
Sean Chen, 24, United States.
Vadym Kholodenko, the gold medalist, will receive a cash
award of $50,000; career management and international and U.S.
concert tours for the three concert seasons following the
Competition; studio and live recordings produced by harmonia mundi
usa; and performance attire provided by Neiman
Beatrice Rana, the silver medalist, and
Sean Chen, the crystal award winner, will each
receive a cash award of $20,000; career management and U.S. concert
tours for the three concert seasons following the Competition; and
a live recording produced by harmonia mundi usa of Competition
The remaining three finalists will receive cash awards of
$10,000 each, and concert tours and management for three concert
seasons. They are
Fei-Fei Dong, 22, China;
Nikita Mndoyants, 24, Russia; and
Tomoki Sakata, 19, Japan.
The Steven de Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of
Chamber Music, with a cash prize of $6,000, was awarded to Vadym
Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine.
The Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a
New Work, with a cash prize of $5,000, was awarded to Vadym
Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine.
The winner of the John Giordano Jury Discretionary Award, with a
cash prize of $4,000, is Steven Lin, 24, United States.
The winner of the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award, with
a cash prize of $4,000, is Alessandro Deljavan, 26, Italy.
The winner of the Jury Discretionary Award, with a cash prize of
$4,000, is Claire Huangci, 23, United States.
The Audience Award was voted on by almost 24,000 visitors to
Cliburn.org. The Audience Award winner, Beatrice Rana, will receive
a cash award of $2,500.
The semifinalists will receive cash awards of $5,000 each.
Preliminary Round competitors will receive cash awards of $1,000
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine
Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko won first prize at both the
International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 2012, and the
Sendai International Music Competition in 2010. He has worked with
Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, and other distinguished
conductors, and has performed across the globe in Austria, China,
the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan,
Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United
States. He released recordings of Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Medtner
on Russia's TV Culture label in 2009. An avid chamber musician as
well, he performed and recorded a CD with violinist Alena Baeva,
and formed a piano duo with Andrey Gugnin which they dubbed "iDuo."
Mr. Kholodenko currently resides in Moscow, where he attends the
Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Beatrice Rana, 20, Italy
Born into a family of musicians, Beatrice Rana began musical
studies at the age of four and made her concerto debut when she was
nine. She has been invited to perform at the Busoni, La Folle
Journée, La Roque d'Antherón, Lanaudière, and Radio-France
Festivals, and as soloist with the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Edmonton
Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra
Internazionale d'Italia, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. First
prize winner of the 2011 Montreal International Musical
Competition, Ms. Rana also took first prize at the Muzio Clementi
and Bang & Olufsen Piano Competitions. She released her first
CD in 2012 of works by Scriabin and Chopin on ATMA Classique. She
currently studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien
Hannover, having previously graduated from the Nino Rota
Conservatory of Music.
Sean Chen, 24, United States
Second-prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music
Competition and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American
Pianists Association, Sean Chen has performed with several
orchestras, including the Indianapolis Chamber, Juilliard, New West
Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic. He has presented solo recitals in
Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and
Taipei, among other cities. Additional awards include top prize at
the 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Julliard, the 2010
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Best Performance of an American
Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Los
Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award.
Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and now
resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing his artist
diploma at the Yale School of Music. When not at the piano, he
enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.
ABOUT THE FOURTEENTH COMPETITION
The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano
Competition, which took place May 24-June 9,
2013, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance
Hall, welcomed 30 of the world's finest pianists to Texas.
The competitors hailed from all over the world, representing 13
nations: the United States (7), Italy (6), Russia (5), China (3),
Ukraine (2), Australia, Chile, France, Japan, South Korea, Poland,
Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. They range in age from 19 to 30.
For a complete listing and biographies, click
Van Cliburn, the Competition's inspiration and namesake, passed
away on February 27, 2013. The Fourteenth Competition was dedicated
to Mr. Cliburn, as a tribute to his devotion to young artists, and
his belief in the transformative powers of music.
Over the 17 days of the 2013 Competition, each competitor
performed live at Bass Hall before the 13-member jury and hundreds
of patrons, as well as to a worldwide audience of many thousands
via the Competition's live, fully produced eight-camera
In the Preliminary Round, held May 24-30, each of 30 competitors
played two 45-minute recitals, then the jury narrowed the field to
12. In the Semifinal Round, June 1-4, each of 12 competitors played
two programs: a one-hour recital that included a new work by
American composer Christopher Theofanidis commissioned by the
Cliburn, and a piano quintet with the Brentano Quartet, making its
Cliburn Competition debut.
At the end of the Semifinal Round, the jury chose six
competitors to advance to the Final Round, which ran June 6-9. Each
finalist performed two concerti of his or her choice with the Fort
Worth Symphony Orchestra, which has been part of every Competition
since the first in 1962, and acclaimed American conductor Leonard
Slatkin, making his Cliburn Competition debut.
JURY: Maestro John Giordano
(United States) is serving as chairman of the jury for his eleventh
competition since he assumed the post in 1973. Other jury members
include: Dmitri Alexeev (Russia), Michel Beroff (France), Andrea
Bonatta (Italy), Richard Dyer (United States), Joseph Kalichstein
(Israel), Yoheved Kaplinsky (Israel), Liu Shih Kun (China), Minoru
Nojima (Japan), Menahem Pressler (United States), Blanca Uribe
(Colombia), Arie Vardi (Israel), and Xian Zhang (China).
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