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 XIV Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, he is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great acclaim.
The 2016–2017 season finds Kholodenko concluding his three-year artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which includes live recordings of the complete Prokofiev piano concerti released by Harmonia Mundi, in addition to chamber projects and other concerto performances. This season will also be highlighted by London appearances at the LSO St Luke’s and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of the Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE in Madrid and a tour of Asia with appearances in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. In the United States he will make his Washington recital debut at the Phillips Collection.
Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Carl St. Clair, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Cristian Măcelaru. Internationally he has performed with the orchestras of BBC Scotland, Kristiansand, Malmö, Madrid RTVE, Qatar, Norwegian Radio and Sydney, and made recital debuts in Paris, Lucerne, Singapore, Budapest and Porto in addition to performing throughout Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan. Festival appearances include the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims, the Pharos Chamber Music Festival, the Stars of the White Nights and the Festival del Sole.
A committed chamber musician, Kholodenko took home the 2013 Van Cliburn prize for "Best performance of a piano quintet" with the Brentano Quartet. He has also collaborated with the Enso String Quartet, violinists Vadim Repin and Alena Baeva and cellist Alexandre Bouzlov. Also interested in composing, he performed a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 in the Van Cliburn Competition’s final round, which he had composed himself on the flight from Moscow to the competition in Fort Worth.
Kholodenko’s first recording for Harmonia Mundi was released in November 2013, featuring Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka and the complete Liszt Transcendental Études. A disc of the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya followed in August 2015. The first Prokofiev recording with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was released in February 2016 featuring the Second and Fifth Piano Concerti, about which Gramophone again raved, “for a heroic reading of singular power, Kholodenko and Harth-Bedoya can scarcely be beaten.” The second CD with Prokofiev's Concerti Nos. 1, 3 and 4 will be released in 2017.
Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He began his studies at Kiev’s Mykola Lysenko Special School of Music under Natalia Grydneva and Borys Fedorov. He made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary and Croatia at the age of thirteen. In 2005 he moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under Vera Gornostayeva. Under her tutelage, he won top prizes at the 2011 Schubert, 2010 Sendai, and 2010 Maria Callas International Piano Competitions.