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 Raquel Sweat BHSU music education major
 Raquel Sweat, music education major from Broadus, Mont., is one of five students participating in a master class with the winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Black Hills State University student Raquel Sweat, music education major from Broadus, Mont., is one of five students who will participate in a master class with Vadym Kholodenko, the gold medal winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The master class will take place Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Black Hills Piano Gallery in Rapid City. In addition to the master class, the Ukranian pianist will present a solo concert Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Rapid City. Kholodenko will also appear at a meet-and-greet event at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Black Hills Piano Gallery.

“This is a very rare opportunity for one of our students to work with a winner of the world’s most prestigious piano competition,” said Dr. Symeon Waseen, BHSU assistant professor of music. “The constructive feedback Raquel will receive will have an enormous impact. It is also a great opportunity for teachers to observe a master pianist work with a student.”

Aside from his gold medal, Kholodenko also won best performance of chamber music and best performance for new work during the 14th Van Cliburn International Competition. Before his accomplishments at Cliburn, Kholodenko won first prize at both the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 2012, and the Sendai International Music Competition in 2010. Born in Kiev, Kholodenko has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, and other distinguished conductors. He has performed across the world in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States.  Kholodenko currently lives in Moscow where he attends the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Tickets to watch the master class are $15 for adults or $10 for students. Tickets for the Jan. 30 concert at the Performing Arts Center are $25 for adults, $20 for students. Tickets for both are available at Black Hills Piano Gallery and The Clock Shop.