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Ukranian Pianist Performing With Black Hills Symphony


Pianist Vadym Kholodenko is performing with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra on Thursday (1/30) at the Performing Arts Center in Rapid City. Kholodenko, a 26-year-old Ukranian, is the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist. He captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for "mesmerizing and exhilarating" performances that brought the crowd to their feet. He's performing over 50 engagements in 2013-2014 as part of his debut season as Cliburn Gold Medalist. Kholodenko and bassist Tony Thomas, president of the executive committee of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, talked about Kholodenko's award and his upcoming tour.