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Center for the Arts

Friday , February 14 , 2014 , 07:15 PM - 07:45 PM

"Besides its illustrious list of laureates, the importance of its prizes, quality of its judges and rigorous selection process sets [the Cliburn Competition] apart." --Gramophone (London) Enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music at Wesleyan on Valentine's Day at this concert by 26-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Kholodenko competed against 29 other pianists during May and June 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in Kiev, Mr. Kholodenko has performed across the globe in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. He has released recordings of the music of Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninov, and currently resides in Moscow, where he attends the capital city's Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The sensational victory by pianist Van Cliburn (1934-2013) at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958 heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making, as well as a new era in cultural relations between the Soviet Union and the U.S. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, dedicated to the discovery of the world's finest pianists, has taken place every four years since 1962.

    Location: Crowell Concert Hall
    Admission: $22 general public; $18 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
    Sponsor: Music Department, Center for the Arts

    Contact: 860-685-3355, boxoffice@wesleyan.edu