Pianist Vadym Kholodenko declined to speak to reporters Friday about the deaths of his young daughters on Thursday and about the health of his wife, Sofya Tsygankova.
He wrote this statement, which was released by the Cliburn Foundation:
“Being in a great grief I would like to address this message to everyone who thinks about my family. The loss of my children will be with me forever. But I would like to say that I feel the support of the Fort Worth community and all people who are sending me messages all over the world.
“My special gratefulness is for the Castro family who supported my family and who gave special care to my daughters.
“I would like to ask everyone who is going to the concerts this weekend at Bass Hall to think of the music.
“Wherever I go after this tragedy my heart will stay with the people here of Fort Worth and my daughters will rest in this soil.”