Van Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko to perform Tuesday

Gold Medal - Van Cliburn Competition 2013

The University of Central Arkansas Public Appearances series will feature Ukranian Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.

Kholodenko will perform a concert including solo piano works and a concerto accompanied by the Conway Symphony Orchestra. The program will begin with Mozart — Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, followed by an intermission, and will finish with Medtner — Forgotten Melodies I, op.38.

“We’re really excited about this concert because it’s the first time we’ve ever had the Van Cliburn winner on the UCA campus,” Director of Public Appearances Amanda Horton said.

The concert is sponsored by B98.5.

According to, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is a world-renowned competition known for its dedication to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists. Before the competition, a jury travels the world to hear pianists perform for a live audience in order to showcase their talent. From these auditions, 30 pianists are invited to compete for the coveted Cliburn medals.

“Another thing that I found interesting about the Van Cliburn competition is that the top three just have a small differentiation in their scoring,” Horton said. “All top three are excellent musicians, but [Kholodenko] was the gold winner. We’re excited to have him.”


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