Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
$22 general public; $18 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Pre-concert talk by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht at 7:15pm
“Besides its illustrious list of laureates, the importance of its prizes, quality of its judges and rigorous selection process sets [the Cliburn Competition] apart.”
Vadym Kholodenko performing Nikolai Medtner’s “Forgotten Melodies” Vol. 1 Op. 38 No. 8
Enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music at this concert by 27-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. At Wesleyan, he will perform works by Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, and Nikolai Medtner.
Born in Kiev, Mr. Kholodenko has performed across the globe. He competed against 29 other pianists during May and June 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. This concert will be his Connecticut debut, and his first performance in New England as the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist.
The sensational victory by pianist Van Cliburn (1934-2013) at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958 heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making, as well as a new era in cultural relations between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists, has taken place every four years since 1962.
A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.