Redwood Coast Music Festival 2020 Performing Artist
Brian Holland (piano) is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. After spending his formative years playing in pizza parlors and clubs throughout Indiana, Brian's career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as "undefeated".
Brian has rapidly become one of the most lauded performers of ragtime and stride piano in America. Constantly developing new and exciting styles of performance, Brian continues to enthrall audiences by combining impressively dexterous pyrotechnics with a very laid-back approach. The result is remarkable accuracy and flair with seemingly little or no effort
Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the US - Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, Titan Hot Seven, Holland Rhythm Company, Big B.A.D. Rhythm, and others - and has traveled all over the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, swing, boogie, and blues.
He has multiple solo and ensemble recordings to his credit, and has garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, "Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz".
Brian is very proud to be the Artistic Director for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, MO - June), and Co-Artistic Consultant for the Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay (Monterey, CA - March).
"Brian Holland has to be one of the fastest, cleanest players anywhere today. Every note, no matter how swift, is as sparkling clear as Waterford crystal. His touch is assured and he makes even the most complex passages sound easy."
- Jack Rummel, prominent reviewer & performer
"Brian Holland's lightening-fast left hand bangs out a clean, steady rhythm while his right hand skitters up and down the keyboard rendering the melody in thick chords...watching the energy and dexterity is narcotic."
- The New York Sun
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