Civic Music Association presents the 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Vadym Kholodenko

Vadym Kholodenko - 2013

Civic Music Association will celebrate the life and legacy of Van Cliburn with a concert featuring the winner of the 14th Annual Van Cliburn Piano Competition.  The competition, inaugurated in 1962 after Cliburn’s victorious performance at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958, proves to honor his achievements and fulfills the mission of discovering the world’s most talented pianists.  Vadym Kholodenko, native to Ukraine, won the prestigious award last May.


During the opening remarks of the performance, Civic Music Association will present the 90th Anniversary Season by announcing the upcoming jazz and classical concert series for the 2014/15 schedule.


Bio of Artist

Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko won first prize at both the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 2012, and the Sendai International Music Competition in 2010. He has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, and other distinguished conductors, and has performed across the globe in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. He released recordings of Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Medtner on Russia’s TV Culture label in 2009. An avid chamber musician as well, he performed and recorded a CD with violinist Alena Baeva, and formed a piano duo with Andrey Gugnin which they dubbed “iDuo.” Mr. Kholodenko currently resides in Moscow, where he attends the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Vadym Kholodenko

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University

7:30 pm Curtain

6:45 pm Pre-concert talk by Dr. Nicholas Roth, Associate Professor of Piano from Drake University

Tickets ($48, $38, $30 and $20) to the concert can be purchased at Midwestix ( or by calling the Civic Music Association office at 515.280.4020. Discounts are available for students prior to the concert, or a $10 student rush ticket can be purchased the evening of the show (based on availability.)


Partners in Music Education Programs

As part of Civic Music Association’s Partners in Music Education programs, Mr. Kholodenko will conduct a masterclass with area college level students. This educational opportunity is FREE and open to the public.


Masterclass with Vadym Kholodenko

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Patty & Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University

10 am – 12 pm


This educational opportunity is sponsored by The Principal Financial Group.

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