Sendai International Music Competition




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Vadym KHOLODENKO (Ukraine)

Jury Member, Piano Section
1st Prizewinner of the 4th SIMC Piano Section

“…intelligent virtuosity and youthful fire.” The Guardian 2 Aug 2015

Vadym Kholodenko is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic technically gifted performers of the new generation of pianists. Winner of the 2013 Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kholodenko has since begun to forge an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great critical acclaim. Previous awards include First Prize at the 2011 Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan and the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kirill Karabits, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Vladimir Spivakov and Kazuki Yamada. In North America he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras.

In Europe recent highlights include Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, Orquesta Nacional de España. He has given recitals at LSO St Lukes in London, Radio France in Paris, Liszt Academy Budapest, Lucerne and the Moscow Conservatoire. He has performed extensively in Japan including with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and regularly returns for recital tours. In 2013 he held a residency at the Mariinsky Concert Hall where he was named Artist of the Month by Valery Gergiev, who has since requested him for concerto performances in Paris, Luxembourg and Moscow.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerto engagements with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and a tour of the US with the Staatskapelle Weimar and Kirill Karabits whilst in Mexico he performs both a concerto and recital at the Festival de Mayo. He continues as Artist-in-Residence at the Fribourg International Piano Series with both solo and chamber music programmes and makes his Wigmore Hall debut in 2018.

Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include Grieg & Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Harth-Bedoya as well as the first instalment of his Prokofiev Concerto Cycle (Nos 2 & 5) with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.