Backstage at the George Gershwin International Music Competition

Whether one considers music competitions a necessary evil of the trade or a stimulating opportunity for disseminating excellence and for young artists to shine and transform their careers, there are plenty of good vibes to be found at the George Gershwin International Competition in New York. Photo: George Gershwin Inaugurated in 2013, the event is still securing its place among existing high-ranking competitions that grant management and performance opportunities, and monetary awards. Now in...
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Forging individualistic soundscapes through kaleidoscopic prisms of color – Vadym Kholodenko

SAVVY NEW YORK PIANOPHILES THIS SEASON WERE PRIVY TO TWO ELECTRIFYING ENCOUNTERS WITH THE KIEV-BORN PIANIST VADYM KHOLODENKO, HERALDED CHAMPION OF THE 2013 VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION. A STUDENT OF VERA GORNOSTAYEVA, THE LEGENDARY PIANIST AT THE MOSCOW TCHAIKOVSKY CONSERVATORY AND MENTOR TO SOME GENERATIONS OF EXCEPTIONAL TALENT LIKE IVO POGORELICH, KHOLODENKO POSSESSES A DISTINCT SOPHISTICATION, EPITOMIZED BY INDIVIDUALISTIC REVERBERATION, AND PALPABLE ON THE STAGE. HE PERFORMED AT JEROME ROSE’S INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD INSTITUTE...
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