Gold Medal winner of
Cliburn Competition originally Sat., Sept. 14, 2013, 7:30 pm rescheduled to Sat., Feb. 1, 2014, 7:00 pm VPAC, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA Buy Tickets | Program
Due to acute illness, Mr. Kholodenko was unable to perform. Mr. Sean Chen, Crystal Winner of this year's Cliburn Competition and the first American to reach the finals since 1997, graciously substituted. Notably, Mr. Chen also won the 2013 American Piano Association's DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist. His program, which utilized "Dance" as a theme, was:
Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G Major
Scriabin's Valse, Op. 38; Sonatas Nos. 4 and 5
Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Prelude, Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, Menuet antique
Ravel's La Valse (transcribed by Sean Chen)
Born in Kiev, 26 year-old Vadym Kholodenko won first prize at both the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 2012, and the Sendai International Music Competition in 2010 in addition to winning the First Prize at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition. 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.
In Kholodenko's hands, the music danced. It lilted and twirled and zipped and jolted with dizzying speed and accuracy. . . .this was a virtuosic display not of piano playing, but of thrilling music-making. Katie Womack, Dallas Observer
Kholodenko was, well, awesome. . . .This was not simply a display of grand tone and steely technique, but a case study in how to put such attributes to consistently musical use. Arthur Kaptainis, Montreal Gazette
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