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Fresno welcomes a Van Cliburn gold medalist


In the piano world, you don’t get any bigger in terms of prizes than the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Held every four years, it’s like the Olympics for pianists. Fresno gets to play host Wednesday to the 2013 Van Cliburn gold medalist: Vadym Kholodenko. He performs at the Fresno State Concert Hall for the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series.

I wrote a big piece in Sunday’s Spotlight section about Kholodenko, including an interview with the Ukrainian pianist. From my story:

Keyboard Concerts often presents the great pianists of our time. One of the fun things about seeing a recent Van Cliburn gold medalist is that you could be listening to the next great superstar. Or not.

“There are no guarantees,” says Keyboard Concerts artistic director Andreas Werz. “Some of them vanish after some time. But once you’ve been at that point to get this kind of visibility and recognition, and you get three years of bookings, that’s when you get name recognition.”

I’m guessing this will be a sellout, so get your tickets in advance.

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