Carl St.Clair, conductor
Vadym Kholodenko, piano
ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL: “October Light” (Adagio for Orchestra) (World premiere)
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
More than two centuries after its wildly successful premiere, Beethoven’s Seventh remains a work you simply must experience live. Also featured is another premiere: a tribute to Maestro St.Clair from Academy Award-winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. And Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, joins with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3.
The Friday, Dec. 6 performance is part of the three-part series Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony and will be hosted by a KUSC radio personality.
Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Winner of the coveted gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, he is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia, and North America to great acclaim.
Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Carl St.Clair, Vladimir Spivakov, Valdimir Fedoseyev, and Cristian Mecalaru. In North America, he has appeared with the Atlanta, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, among others, and traveled extensively across the United States for solo recitals. Internationally, he has performed with the orchestras of BBC Scottish, Kristiansand, Malmö, Madrid RTVE, Qatar, Norwegian Radio, and Sydney, and made recital debuts in Paris, Lucerne, Singapore, Budapest, Porto, and appeared throughout Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In 2013, he held a residency at the Mariinsky Concert Hall where he was named artist of the month by Valery Gergiev. Festival appearances include the Aspen Summer Music, Brevard Music Center, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Pharos Chamber Music, Stars of the White Nights, and Festival del Sole.
A committed chamber musician, Kholodenko took home the 2013 Cliburn prize for best performance of a piano quintet with the Brentano Quartet. He has also collaborated with the Enso Quartet, violinists Vadim Repin and Alena Baeva, and cellist Alexander Buzlov. Also interested in composing, he performed a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 during the Cliburn Competition’s Final Round—which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the Competition in Fort Worth
Born in Kiev, Kholodenko is the first musician in his family. He began his studies at Kiev’s Mykola Lysenko Special Music School under Natalia Grydneva and Borys Fedorov. He made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13. In 2005, he moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva. Under her tutelage, he won top prizes at the 2011 Schubert, 2010 Sendai, and 2010 Maria Callas International Piano Competitions.