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 â€œRomeo and Julietâ€ with top new talent.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TCHAIK-web.mp3]
This weekend the Omaha Symphony presents an all Tchaikovsky program, including the suite from his ballet, â€œThe Sleeping Beautyâ€ and his Shakespeare-inspired fantasy overture, â€œRomeo and Juliet.â€ 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.
â€œMost challenging was the pressure and nerves,â€ said Kholodenko.
However, participants did enjoy a few perks.
â€œAccess to practice rooms, Steinways, and a beautiful concert hall with great acoustics, great orchestras, overall it was organized very well,â€ he said.
Kholodenko will join the Omaha Symphony to perform Tchaikovskyâ€™s â€œPiano Concerto No. 1â€, a work closely associated with Van Cliburn.
â€œFor name of Van Clibun itâ€™s very important,â€ Kholodenko said. Â â€œ[It] has very important connections because he himself won the Tchaikovsky competition with the Tchaikovsky First Concerto, and of course itâ€™s partially devoted to his memory.â€
He also says the concerto is very popular with audiences.
â€œItâ€™s music that will last probably forever because of its nature and its openness to people,â€ Kholodenko said. â€œBecause itâ€™s so popular, I try to find something newâ€¦â€
In this case, Kholodenko says itâ€™s nice to be done competing and happy to begin a new chapter in his career: bringing great music to audiences.
â€œIâ€™m just very excited about this,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to this. I hope the audience loves the music, thatâ€™s my goal: if somebody approached me after the concert and said â€˜I love this musicâ€™, then I hit my goal.â€
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™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 omahasymphony.org.
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