A standing ovation for Kholodenko

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With a final fortissimo C chord of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Vadym Kholodenko had the audience at Bass Hall leaping to their feet.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who was sitting in the audience, let out the first “Bravo” among the cheers. Kholodenko was brought back on stage for several encore bows.

“I have never experienced anything like that,” Kholodenko said after he exited the stage. The exuberant final allegro movement drained Kholodenko who needed a few moments in the backstage dressing room to relax before greeting the dozens of fans that were waiting for him outside of Bass Hall.

Kholodenko said he had received several messages from family and friends on his cell phone, Facebook and Twitter, encouraging him before his performance on Friday evening, telling him to “go and go.” He added that he grew up listening to Russian protegy pianist Evgeny Kissin’s recording of the piece.

“That recording, it lives inside me,” Kholodenko said. “I’m inspired by it when I play [Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3].”

-Andrea Ahles

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