Vadym Kholodenko is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic technically gifted performers of the new generation of pianists, praised by the Philadelphia Enquirer in his performance of Tchaikovsky with the Philadelphia Orchestra for “his absorbing melodic shading [and] glittering passage work”. Winner of the 2013 Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kholodenko has 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 Piano Competition in Japan and the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerto engagements with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane / Paul Daniel, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and a tour of the US with the Staatskapelle Weimar and Kirill Karabits. He also performs concerto and recital at the Festival de Mayo in Mexico. Recital tours take him regularly back to the US, whilst highlights in elsewhere include appearances in Paris, Budapest, Beirut and Moscow. He continues as Artist-in-Residence at the Fribourg International Piano Series with both solo and chamber music programmes.
Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Kazuki Yamada and Carl St Clair. In North America he has performedwith the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and given recitals throughout the country including in Boston and at the Aspen Music Festival.
Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Harth-Bedoya, which was released in August 2015 to critical acclaim and awarded “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone “a truly outstanding recording”. His latest release for the label – the first instalment of his Prokofiev Concerto Cycle (Nos 2 & 5) – was praised by Gramophone for its “forthright, lithe ad virile performances”. Future releases include the second disc of Prokofiev concertos and solo works by Scriabin.