Vadym Kholodenko was born in 1986 in Kiev, Ukraine. From 1994 he was studying in the Kiev’s special music school named after Mykola Lysenko (prof. Natalia Grydneva and prof. Borys Fedorov). At thirteen he won third prize on the V. Krainev’s competition (Kharkov, Ukraine) and next year he took second prize on the V. Horowitz international competition in Kiev.
The laureate of international competitions: Krainev Competition of Young Pianists (1998); International Competition for young pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz (1999); the International Sergei Prokofiev Young Pianists’ Competition in St. Petersburg (2000); the International Franz Liszt Pianists’ Competition in Budapest (2001); the International Maria Callas Grand Prix Piano Competition in Athens (2004); the International Gina Bachauer Pianists’ Competition in Salt Lake City (2006) and competition in Sendai (Japan, 2010).
He was awarded scholarships from the funds of Vladimir Spivakov, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, «Russian Performing Art», winner of the «Triumph» youth prize (2004).
Vadym played recitals and concerts with orchestras in Ukraine, Russia, USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Czech, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Israel collaborating with numerous conductors including Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, Alexandr Rudin, Dmitry Liss, Eugeny Bushkov, Alexandr Sladkovskiy.
In June 2013 Vadym Kholodenko won the Gold Medal in Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Since sweeping all the major prizes at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Vadym Kholodenko has been hailed by the press all over the world as a bona-fide artist with a highly refined sense of individualism.The Straits Times, 06.08.15
A superb technique is invisible and understated. To give all of these works just the right performance, which he did, they had to be profoundly thought out and understood.The Seattle Times, 02.04.15
With Kholodenko, the instrument, and the [Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1], showed refreshing vitality, showcasing a thoughtful and enterprising talent.Philadelphia Inquirer