Kholodenko wrote Mozart cadenza on flight to DFW

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Vadym Kholodenko hadn’t heard a cadenza to the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 that he liked, so he decided to write his own.

"While I had a flight to Dallas I just wrote the cadenza in nine hours," Kholodenko said after he finished his final performance at the Cliburn competition on Sunday afternoon. "Afterwards I made some alterations and changes and so but the main canvas was written in the airplane."

Kholodenko received another rousing ovation, returning to the stage three times for bows.

When he first arrived for the Cliburn competition, Kholodenko did not think he would make it past the preliminaries because he was tired from a busy spring concert schedule. He credits Bass Hall for helping him find the energy needed to perform three solo recitals, a chamber piece and two concertos.

"Today, when I played in rehearsal and on stage I understood what helped me through the competition, it’s the acoustics of the hall," Kholodenko said, adding that he didn’t need to add too many dynamics to the Mozart concerto because the hall amplified the natural dynamics written by Mozart. "[Bass Hall] is one of the advantages of Fort Worth and Fort Worth should be proud of such a great concert hall."

-Andrea Ahles

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