Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko is a true incarnation of the acclaimed tradition with a depth of sound, exceptional refinement of expression alongside a consummate virtuosity and technical skill that marks him out as one of the foremost pianists of his generation. This multiple-award winning pianist (Van Cliburn Competition, Schubert Competition in Dortmund, Sendai Competition in Japan) is in demand both for his recitals and concerto appearances and as Artist in Residence with the SWR Symphonieorchester performed Fauré, Brahms and Rachmaninov and Beethoven.
His international career has brought him to orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, BBC Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Teodor Currentzis, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Andrey Boreyko, Christian Macelaru, Pinchas Zukerman, Krzysztof Urbanski, Yuri Bashmet, Thomas Søndergård, Ion Marin, Valery Gergiev, Dmitry Slobodeniuk, Lionel Bringuier and Kazuki Yamada in repertoire including concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Bartók, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Busoni.
Other concertos engagements have seen Kholodenko perform with the Cincinnati Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and San Diego Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE National Orchestra of Ireland, Janacek Philharmonic, Filarmonica Toscanini, Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España and the NCPA Orchestra in Beijing.
As a recitalist Kholodenko has performed throughout the United States including in New York, Washington and Boston and at the Aspen Music Festival. Appearances in Europe and beyond include the Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Liszt Academy Budapest as well as venues in Paris, Moscow, Bilbao, Brussels, Lucerne, as well as Beijing and Singapore and in Japan. Festival performances include the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele, La Roque d’Anthéron and Chopin Festival in Warsaw.
Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 which was awarded Editor’s Choice in Gramophone “a truly outstanding recording” and the complete cycle of Prokofiev piano concertos. His disc of solo works by Scriabin received a Diapason d’Or de l’année. He has released two further solo discs of works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. He has recorded Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.5 with the Mariinsky Theatre/Gergiev for Arthaus. A committed chamber musician, he enjoys collaborating with artists including Vadim Repin, Alena Baeva, Clara-Jumi Kang and Maxim Rysanov.
Vadym Kholodenko was born in Kyiv from Jewish heritage and gave his first concerts at the age of 13 in the USA, China, Hungary and Croatia. He studied at the Moscow State Conservatoire under Professor Vera Gornostaeva.