Gold Medalist Kholodenko to Perform with the Omaha Symphony


March 6th, 2014

Omaha, NE — An upcoming concert at the Holland Center pairs a Russian take on “Romeo and Juliet” with top new talent.

Vadym Kholodenko

Vadym Kholodenko

This weekend the Omaha Symphony presents an all Tchaikovsky program, including the suite from his ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty” and his Shakespeare-inspired fantasy overture, “Romeo and Juliet.” The featured guest soloist is Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist. While he says the competition was very exciting, Kholodenko points out that it was not without hurdles.

“Most challenging was the pressure and nerves,” said Kholodenko.

However, participants did enjoy a few perks.

“Access to practice rooms, Steinways, and a beautiful concert hall with great acoustics, great orchestras, overall it was organized very well,” he said.

Kholodenko will join the Omaha Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”, a work closely associated with Van Cliburn.

“For name of Van Clibun it’s very important,” Kholodenko said.  “[It] has very important connections because he himself won the Tchaikovsky competition with the Tchaikovsky First Concerto, and of course it’s partially devoted to his memory.”

He also says the concerto is very popular with audiences.

“It’s music that will last probably forever because of its nature and its openness to people,” Kholodenko said. “Because it’s so popular, I try to find something new…”

In this case, Kholodenko says it’s nice to be done competing and happy to begin a new chapter in his career: bringing great music to audiences.

“I’m just very excited about this,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this. I hope the audience loves the music, that’s my goal: if somebody approached me after the concert and said ‘I love this music’, then I hit my goal.”

The Omaha Symphony’s all-Tchaikovsky program featuring 2013 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko is this Friday and Saturday, March 7 & 8. Both performances are at 8 pm at the Holland Center in Omaha. For tickets and more information, call (402)345-0606 or visit online

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