That Kholodenko would fare well in Thursday night’s chamber-music concert was virtually a foregone conclusion, given his awesome performances.
Spectacular is an adjective I could apply to Kholodenko’s keyboard prowess…this was the best Prokofiev Third I’ve ever witnessed–by itself a five-star performance.
However brilliant Kholodenko’s orchestral performances with the Prokofiev concerti might be—and they are magnificent—his subtle collaborations in a chamber music setting validate his ever-growing reputation as one of the leading pianists of our day.
With his gold medal triumph at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition one year behind him, Vadym Kholodenko has a concert schedule that reads like a classical pianist’s wish list.
As in his performance during the Cliburn Competition, Kholodenko demonstrated, in this concert, the ability to collaborate on the intimate, one-on-one level of chamber music as well.
Kholodenko has a big but controlled sound, with no banging; in fact, he tosses off the hair-raising runs and leaps of Prokofiev’s endlessly inventive piano writing effortlessly.
Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, showed Fort Worth audiences Friday why he earned that prize.
In his Celebrity Series recital, Kholodenko’s huge dynamic range and questing sensibility enlarged even the smallest works to epic proportions.
Kholodenko took on the obstacle course otherwise known as Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Friday night at Bass Performance Hall, and emerged from the relentless test of technique, stamina, and musicianship with a calm smile.
Playing Prokofiev under the stage lights of Bass Hall is more than just familiar for Cliburn gold medal winner Vadym Kholodenko. For Kholodenko, it’s now home.