Brilliant: Kholodenko replaces Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman was announced as the soloist of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto.  He withdrew, so Vadym Kholodenko (born in Kiev in 1986) stepped in.  He was introduced in the programme as one of the most technically brilliant pianists of his generation.  After this celebrated performance, one can only agree with that.

Kholodenko defied the immense manual challenges of the concerto with playful ease, and always relied on the highest level of transparency.  His primary interest was not in the breadth of melodic invention, but in the many details that he vividly highlighted – accompanied by unexpected, idiosyncratic changes in tempo and unorthodox phrasing.  On the one hand extremely powerful playing, whilst on the other imbued with every degree of subtle piano shades – both of which are readily available to this winner of the Van Cliburn Competition (2013).”

Die Presse (Austria)

2024

“Ground-cleaving dynamic power and scorching virtuosity”

South Florida Classical Review

2023

“In Handel, Kholodenko evoked varied expression with a masterful control that encompassed crisp refined rolls and florid ornamentations. His approach to dynamics was period-influenced, and his touch was in fact so refined that the piano seemed to more resemble the timbre of a harpsichord.”

South Florida Classical Review

2023

“Kholodenko’s playing is extraordinarily effective, with crisp articulation, a rigorous dynamic palette, and phrasing that prioritises larger musical ideas.”

South Florida Classical Review

2023

“Remarkable articulation, coupled with a lyrical expressiveness that is vibrant yet tender, imbuing Beethoven with both beauty and grace.”

Hyde Park Herald

2023

“In Liszt, Kholodenko found his inner demon and was formidable in continuously heightening the tension. The rumbling descent down the keyboard induced shivers, while the moments of more quiet reflection in the music only offered brief calm before the pyrotechnics of Liszt’s score once again exploded. A dramatic and rewarding performance.”

Hyde Park Herald

2023

“Vadym Kholodenko barely broke a sweat under the heavy demands of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto. His fingers, hands, arms, and body were loose, ready to engage with every swerve and acceleration in the music. His technique was clean and impeccable but never cold or precise. Rather it had a warm and easy feeling, reactive. Keep an eye out for this pianist!”

Culture OC

“Carefully contoured and impactful”
BBC Music Magazine

“Kholodenko cast a new light on Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto – delicately precise, rather than savage. The Finale still had bite, but it was a Siamese cat’s needle-sharp nip rather than a bear’s giant chomp. This was all to the good: he revealed a poised, almost neo-classical side to the piece, which normally stays hidden.”

The Telegraph, 2023

“Playing that pulls no punches: Kholodenko is in the elite of classical pianists”

The Critic (Norman Lebrecht)

“Kholodenko demonstrates an iron-clad technique, capable of moments of crystalline delicacy”

The Guardian

“A passionate musician with an inherent muscularity and weight to his touch, Kholodenko plays with great colour, poetry, and verve.”

New York Classical Review

“Thoughtful and expressive, Kholodenko finds a gentleness that is very appealing”

The Washington Post

“Carefully contoured and impactful”

BBC Music Magazine

“Magnificent polish and beauty”

La Voce de Mantova

“Technically phenomenal”

CultureMap, Fort Worth

“A deep connection to the music, Kholodenko plays with conviction and purpose, with a delicate and wistful side to his artistry that is utterly charming.”

New York Classical Review

“A musician of gigantic technical accomplishment and generous poetic gifts”

The Orange County Registry

“Kholodenko discovers each new note and idea, with every moment full of surprise whilst fulfilling the complex logic of late Beethoven. Pianist and composer sounded as one, with the performance closer to an experience of absolute improvisation than one will ever find in the classical repertoire.”

New York Classical Review

“A powerful sound and fearsomely accurate fingers, bringing an unexpected touch of soulfulness to the music”

Rochester City Newspaper

“Vadym Kholodenko unleashes limitless virtuosity”

Hoy, Guardianes de la Verdad

“The heir to the great pianists of the Soviet School”

Giornale della Musica