Vadym Khodolenko, 26, became the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place in Fort Worth, Texas. Young pianist, who shares
residence between Kiev and Moscow was awarded the USD 50,000 prize for best chamber music performance and best performance of a new piece. The second and third prizes were awarded to 20-year-old pianist from Italy Beatrice Rani and to Shean Chen, 24, from the Unites States respectively. The other three finalists were Fei-Fei Dong, 22, from China, Nikita Mndoyants, 24, from Russia and Tomoko Sakata, 19, from Japan.
In addition to the prize money the winner of the competition received three seasons of management and concert bookings throughout the U.S. and the possibility to produce studio and concert recordings by the American branch of the independent music record label Harmonia Mundi. The second and third prize winners received USD 20,000 each, while the three finalists were entitled to USD 10,000 each.
The competition lasted for 17 days featuring over 30 pianists from Australia, Chile, China, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, and the United States. The piano competition takes its roots from Fort Worth (Texas) when it was first launched by Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr. back in 1962. He was an American pianist who became famous in 1958 after winning his first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the times of the Cold War, wrote the Wall Street Journal. He extensively toured in the United States and overseas playing for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama, reads the article in online encyclopedia.
The great pianist died on February 27, 2013, at the age of 78 after suffering from bone cancer. This year the event was held for the first time without its founder and was dedicated to his memory. (c) WNU-Ukraine