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Solid Ukrainian wins the Cliburn

Vadym Kholodenko was announced as the winner of the Cliburn Competition after final performances of the third Prokofiev concerto and Mozart K467. He had been a steady performer in previous rounds, outshone by other contestants.

Kholodenko wins $50,000 and a round of international engagements.

Second was the hotly fancied Italian, Beatrice Rana, 20. She also won the audience award. Third was the American, Sean Chen.

Read a dissenting opinion here.

cliburn result

Here’s the press announcement:

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, June 9, 2013-At the end of 17 days of inspired music-making inside the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced its winners Sunday night from the stage.

 

The recipient of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van Cliburn Winner’s Cup is Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine.

 

The silver medalist is Beatrice Rana, 20, Italy.

 

The crystal award winner is Sean Chen, 24, United States.

 

Vadym Kholodenko, the gold medalist, will receive a cash award of $50,000; career management and international and U.S. concert tours for the three concert seasons following the Competition; studio and live recordings produced by harmonia mundi usa; and performance attire provided by Neiman Marcus.

 

Beatrice Rana, the silver medalist, and Sean Chen, the crystal award winner, will each receive a cash award of $20,000; career management and U.S. concert tours for the three concert seasons following the Competition; and a live recording produced by harmonia mundi usa of Competition performances.

 

The remaining three finalists will receive cash awards of $10,000 each, and concert tours and management for three concert seasons. They are Fei-Fei Dong, 22, China; Nikita Mndoyants, 24, Russia; and Tomoki Sakata, 19, Japan.

 

OTHER AWARDS

The Steven de Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music, with a cash prize of $6,000, was awarded to Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine.

 

The Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work, with a cash prize of $5,000, was awarded to Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine.

 

The winner of the John Giordano Jury Discretionary Award, with a cash prize of $4,000, is Steven Lin, 24, United States.

 

The winner of the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award, with a cash prize of $4,000, is Alessandro Deljavan, 26, Italy.

 

The winner of the Jury Discretionary Award, with a cash prize of $4,000, is Claire Huangci, 23, United States.

 

The Audience Award was voted on by almost 24,000 visitors to www.cliburn.org. The Audience Award winner, Beatrice Rana, will receive a cash award of $2,500.

 

The semifinalists will receive cash awards of $5,000 each. Preliminary Round competitors will receive cash awards of $1,000 each.

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  1. Images are worth thousand words…

    The Audience Award recipient, and Second Prize Silver Medal Beatrice Rana:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/vancliburnfoundation/CliburnWinnersJune92013?authuser=0&feat=directlink#5887669159399537826

    And the First Prize: Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and Van Cliburn Winner’s Cup:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/vancliburnfoundation/CliburnWinnersJune92013?authuser=0&feat=directlink#5887681605909718674

  2. Eileen Walliser says:

    If musicianship had been the yardstick, Mndoyants would have won.After that Mozart K 466, Schnabel, Serkin, and Curzon are looking down and weeping, knowing that their world might still exist, but recognit
    ion for it is gone.

  3. Oleg Shertiucoff says:

    My congratulation and all the best to Vadim ……

    However, it doesn’t really matter as far as his “homeland” he might as well be announced the person without any country behind him – the reason – Ukraine is both of being the poorest and the most corrupt country in Europe while her population being ignorant and vile and the same time taking pride in their soviet style stupidity…..Of course,it is only my opinion

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