Top Talents Take on Chopin
August 29, 2013
Talented pianist Vadim Kholodenko stole the show during the grand finale of the 68th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, southwestern Poland.
Kholodenko, the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held earlier this year in Fort Worth, Texas, delivered a performance which had the audience demanding encores. “I’ve played at the largest concert halls around the world, but it’s hard to find an audience and atmosphere as wonderful as here in Duszniki-Zdrój,” Kholodenko said after the concert.
The local Chopin Manor House hosted performances by last year’s winners of the world’s four most prestigious piano competitions, including Federico Colli, who won the first prize and the Gold Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition; Ilya Rashkovskiy, the first prize winner of the 8th International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan; and Boris Giltburg, who took home the first prize of this year’s Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
During the opening concert, the festival audiences were delighted by Dina Joffe, who won the main prizes at the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Germany and the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Listeners also enjoyed concerts by international piano competition winners such as Francesco Piemontesi, Olga Kern and Carmen Jessica Knoll.
In keeping with tradition at Duszniki-Zdrój, halfway through the festival a candlelit Nocturne evening took place at the Chopin Manor House during which, over a glass of wine, the audiences listened to a dozen pieces played by 12 pianists in a theatrical setting. Between the performances, actor Marcin Przybylski took on the role of Chopin to tell the story of the composer’s life.
During the festival, professors Choong-Mo Kang and Arie Vardi conducted master classes for young pianists.