Vadym Kholodenko: Gold Medalist of the
2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for "mesmerizing and exhilarating performances that brought the crowd to their feet, [cheering] him like a rock star" (Cincinnati Enquirer).

Also taking home prizes for best performance of the piano quintet and best performance of the commissioned work, he showed his aptitude in both recital and chamber music, then highlighted the Final Round with two stunning concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

His cadenza in Mozart's Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467—which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition—was praised as "fascinatingly contrapuntal," showing "the guts of a true superartist" (San Francisco Classical Voice).

Mr. Kholodenko will perform in over 50 engagements in 2013–14 as part of his debut season as gold medalist, including with the Mann Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra, La Jolla Music Society, CU Presents, Cliburn Concerts, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, and Portland Piano International. Also part of his prize package, recording label harmonia mundi will release a live CD of his Competition performances in fall 2013, followed by a forthcoming studio recording.

Mr. Kholodenko has previously worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, Alexander Rudin, Dmitry Liss, Eugeny Bushkov, Alexander Sladkovsky, 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."

Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko (pronounced Vah-DEEM Ko-lo-DENK-o) was the first musician in his family. He made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13.

He currently resides in Moscow with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, where he studies with Vera Gornostaeva at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

At the 2013 Cliburn Competition,
Vadym Kholodenko received these Awards:

Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist

Steven De Groote Memorial Award for
Best Performance of Chamber Music

Beverley Taylor Smith Award for
Best Performance of a New Work


Photos of Vadym Kholodenko by Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland/The Cliburn

Mr. Kholodenko appears courtesy of the Cliburn.

Travel provided in part by American Airlines.

2013-2014 tour is partially underwritten by BNSF Railway Foundation.

Sunday October 6, 2012 at 3:00pm
Sunset Center, Carmel

Read reviews of this concert online:

Peninsula Reviews

Performing Arts Monterey Bay



Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, op. 28
(Allegro moderato, Andante, Allegro molto)


Suite from the Partita in E Major for Violin
(Preludio, Gavotte, Gigue)




Scherzo (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)


Lullaby, op. 16, no. 1


Polka de V.R.



All programs subject to change.

Coverage of the Cliburn Competition

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Preliminary Round: (solo recital)

  Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a
  Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109
  Trois mouvements de Petrouchka

Note: YouTube says the above video is only 11:57 minutes long however it is in fact the entire program listed above.

Final Round:

Prokovief Concerto #3
Leonard Slatkin, Conductor