Vadym Kholodenko was born in Kiev in 1986. At the age of thirteen he began to make appearances in the USA, China, Hungary and Croatia. In 2010 he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and in 2013 he completed a postgraduate study there (class of Vera Gornostayeva).
Prize-winner at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix – Piano (Athens, 2004; Grand Prix), the Sendai International Music Competition (Japan, 2010; 1st prize), the International Schubert-Competition Dortmund (Germany, 2011; 1st prize) and the Maria Canals International Music Competition (Barcelona, 2012; 3rd prize). In 2013 he won 1st prize, the Gold Medal and the prize for best performance of a chamber opus at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth (USA).
Has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Symphony Orchestra of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra. Has appeared with such conductors as Valery Gergiev (at the Mariinsky Theatre and in Paris and Luxembourg), Leonard Slatkin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Carl St Clair, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kirill Karabits, Paul Daniel, Pinchas Zukerman, Ion Marin, Kazuki Yamada, Thomas Søndergård, Myung-Whun Chung and Louis Langrée. Has presented recitals at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Wigmore Hall in London as well as in Paris, Luzern, Beijing, Singapore, Budapest, Porto, New York, Washington, Boston and Bilbao and has toured to Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Japan.
Has appeared with the Ensō String Quartet (USA) and the violinists Vadim Repin and Alena Baeva and the cellist Alexandre Bouzlov.
Has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival (Warsaw), the Schwetzingen Festival, the International Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron and the Diaghilev Festival (Perm).
In 2013 the harmonia mundi label released the pianist’s first CD (three highlights from the ballet Pétrouchka by Stravinsky and Transcendental Études by Liszt). In 2015 Melodiya released a solo album by Vadym Kholodenko featuring works by Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Kurbatov and Chaplygin, and in 2017 there came a concert recording of works by Hindemith, Berg and Hugo Wolf, produced in collaboration with Melodiya and Apriori Arts Agency. His harmonia mundi discography also includes Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto (both CDs were named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine) and the complete piano concerti by Prokofiev. Together with the label Arthaus he made a DVD recording of Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. A solo album released by harmonia mundi featuring works by Scriabin (2018) received the Diapason d’Or award.
Information for December 2020