Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra
Hilton, Grand Masters suite
At the end of 2016, he successfully passed his final conducting exam with honours. As part of his studies, he regularly led the Philharmonic Südwestfalen in Cologne and other cities in Germany.
Since 2017, Valid Ağayev has been invited regularly as a guest conductor to different types of concerts with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia. In April 2017, he flew to Madrid on short notice to perform with the orchestra for the first time, and then later in May to perform at the scene of Auditorio Nacional de Música.
In November 2017 he shared the stage with the Orpheus Public Award winner, pianist Nikolai Tokarev (Orpheum Public Award 2006) and the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra in Kiel.
In December 2019, Mr. Ağayev worked very successfully with the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra and then he went to Kazakhstan to work with the world famous violinist Shlomo Mintz and "Academy of Soloists of Kazakhstan" in Nur-Sultan.
Valid Ağayev also successfully performed with the Collegium Musicum Orchestra in Lviv, Ukraine, as well as visited Minsk to lead the Amadeus Project Orchestra.
Since 01.01.2021 Mr. Ağayev works as Associate Professor in Çukurova State Conservatory in Adana, Turkey and continues to perform as a guest conductor in Europe and Asia.
In North America Kholodenko has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and toured with the Staatskapelle Weimar under Kirill Karabits. He has given recitals throughout the United States including in New York, Washington and Boston and at the Aspen Music Festival.
His 2017 London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra resulted in an immediate re-invitation whilst elsewhere in Europe he has recently worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid and Orquesta Nacional de España. He has recently given solo recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and LSO St Lukes in London, Liszt Academy Budapest, Radio France in Paris, Lucerne and at the SWR Schwetzignen Festspiele, La Roque d’Anthéron and Chopin Festival in Warsaw. A committed chamber musician he enjoys performing at the Spectrum Concerts series in Berlin and has collaborated with Vadim Repin, Clara-Jumi Kang, Alena Baeva, Maxim Rysanov and cellist Alexander Buzlov.
Kholodenko is a regular visitor to Japan and has performed with the Japan Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras and last season toured the country with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and given recitals throughout Japan as well as in Beijing and Singapore.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Søndergård, NCPA Orchestra/Chung, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Bournemouth Symphony/Ion Marin and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Louis Langrée whilst in recital he opens the inaugural Jacques Samuel Piano Series and performs in New York, Bilbao, Lucerne, Paris and Moscow.
Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 2 which was awarded Editor’s Choice in Gramophone “a truly outstanding recording” and the complete cycle of Prokofiev Piano Concertos. His most recent release, solo works by Scriabin received a Diapason d’Or de l’année whilst future plans include solo discs of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. For Arthaus he recorded Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 5 with the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Gergiev, released on DVD.
Vadym Kholodenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine and gave his first concerts at the age of 13 in the USA, China, Hungary and Croatia. He studied at the Moscow State Conservatoire under renowned teacher, Professor Vera Gornostaeva.
Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra
After this institution moved to Ankara in 1924 and became the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the “Istanbul City Orchestra” was founded in 1945 under the leadership of Composer and Conductor Cemal Reşid Rey.
In 1972, the Istanbul City Orchestra was affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with a brand-new name, “Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra”.
IDSO performed a rich number of works composed by Turkish Composers home and abroad, besides the Orchestra made successful tours regularly around the globe.
Leading Turkish Conductors such as Naci Özgüç, Erol Erdinç and Ender Sakpınar were amongst who served as Chief Conductor in IDSO. Since November 2021, Hasan Niyazi Tura, an imminent composer and conductor, appointed as Acting Chief Conductor.