Kholodenko finishes Liszt piece, eats a banana

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After finishing a strenous cycle of Liszt Transcendental Etudes, Kholodenko exited stage right and grabbed a banana.

“I love bananas and I saw the banana on the table and I said, `Why not?’” Kholodenko said as he munched on the banana backstage.

Kholodenko played the Liszt etudes one after the other, without applause in between each etude. Upon completing the cycle (which did not include the ninth etude since Kholodenko said it would have made the recital longer than allowed during the comeptition) the audience rose to its feet, roaring with applause.

“One cycle is played very rarely,” said Kholodenko, and was also the only competitor to play the Frank piano quintet during the semifinals. “My target was to play the whole cycle for the audience.”

On his day off on Tuesday, Kholodenko does not plan to practice piano instead he will take in the Fort Worth sights with his host family.

“I don’t know where we’re going but I’m sure it will be cool,” Kholodenko said.

-Andrea Ahles

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