In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, Van Cliburn surprised the world with his historic victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. He quickly became one of the most persuasive ambassadors of American culture (as well as one of the greatest pianists in the history of music), helping tear down cultural barriers years ahead of glasnost and perestroika, and transcending politics by demonstrating the universality of classical music. A group of music teachers and citizens from Fort Worth, Texas, organized the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962 in commemoration of his historic achievement. This competition, which is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists, continues to be held every four years. In a process that begins with visits to five audition sites around the world to hear 133 pianists, the jury invites only thirty to compete in the preliminary round. Twelve compete in the semifinal round, and then six vie for top honors in the final round. The Lane Series is pleased to be able to present the gold, silver, and crystal medalists from the 14th Van Cliburn Competition!
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. 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.