A half-continent away, the father of Cliburn Piano Competition winner Vadym Kholodenko grieves for two granddaughters and for a son overwhelmed by their loss.
“I don’t think he’s in any condition to talk, or really to do anything,” Timur Kholodenko said by phone Saturday from his home in Massachusetts.
“It’s very tough to come home and find something like that. I think it will be very difficult for him for some time.”
The close-knit community of international contest pianists and much of the classical music world were stunned Thursday at the news from Benbrook, where police said Kholodenko, 29, found daughters Nika, 5, and Michela, 1, dead and his estranged wife, Sofya Tsygankova, wounded.