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.
In the 2015–2016 season, Mr. Kholodenko 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, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and a return to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In August 2015, he appeared in Zurich with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. Recitals will take him to Austin, Budapest, Porto, Vancouver, and other cities around the world.
In recent seasons, Mr. Kholodenko has appeared with the orchestras of Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Pacific, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Omaha, Rochester, San Diego, Malmö, Madrid RTVE, Qatar, Norwegian Radio, and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, working with Leonard Slatkin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Carl St. Clair, Christopher Seaman, Vladimir Spivakov, and other distinguished conductors. He has traveled extensively across the United States for solo recitals, including Boston, Houston, Indianapolis, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Miami, Portland, and Seattle. Internationally, he has made recital debuts in Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sarajevo, Singapore, and throughout Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Performing frequently in Russia, Mr. Kholodenko also held a residency at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, where he was named Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev. Festival appearances include the Aspen Summer Music, Brevard Music Center, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Pharos Chamber Music, Stars of the White Nights, and Festival del Sole.
A committed chamber musician, Mr. Kholodenko took home the 2013 Cliburn prize for best performance of a piano quintet with the Brentano Quartet. He has also collaborated with the Enso Quartet, 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 in C Major, K. 467 during the Cliburn Competition’s Final Round—which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition.
Mr. Kholodenko’s first recording for harmonia mundi was released in November 2013, featuring Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka and the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes, which Audiophile Audition deemed “pure gold.” A disc of the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya will be released in summer 2015, and the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will follow in 2016 and 2017.
Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He began his studies at Kiev’s Mykola Lysenko Special Music School under Natalia Grydneva and Borys Fedorov. He made his first appearances in the United States, 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.