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Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko takes 14th Van Cliburn glory

26-year old Ukrainian Vadym Kholodenko has triumphed over 30 pianists to win the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Van Cliburn competition is held every four years and has become one of the most prestigious of its kind, with former winners including Radu Lupu and Cristina Ortiz. Kholodenko impressed the judges with performances of Prokofiev’s Third and Mozart’s 21st Piano Concertos. He takes home the Nancy Lee and Perry R Bass Gold Medal, the Van Cliburn Winner’s Cup and a cash prize of $50,000. He also receives studio and live recordings produced by Harmonia Mundi USA, and will embark upon international and US concert tours as part of his award.