Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. At the age of 13, he made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia. Then in 2005, he began his studies at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Professor Vera Gornostaeva.
In 2013, Mr. Kholodenko won the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition where he captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Also taking home prizes for best performance of the piano quintet and best performance of the commissioned work, he further demonstrated his artistry with a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467—which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition.
Since then, Mr. Kholodenko has continued to build an international reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Awards & Recognition
2013 Gold Medal, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
… an enthralling performance … nuanced shadings, brooding intensity, dazzling virtuosity, and bone-dry wit.