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Guest Artist Recital: Scott Holden, piano

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

Cypress Recital Hall


Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 - Franz Joseph Haydn

Sonata, Op. 1 - Alban Berg

Morgen! - Richard Strauss- arr. by Holden

Liebestod - Wagner-Liszt

Piano Sonata  (1939-41) - Aaron Copland


Carnaval, Op. 9, Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes - Robert Schumann


Scott Holden’s performances have brought him into concert halls in over 35 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, England, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Russia, Vietnam, and China. After winning first prize in the Leschetizky New York Debut Competition, he made a recital debut in Carnegie Hall.  The New York Concert Review wrote “Mr. Holden is a pianist in the effortless technique category…. Right from the first note he displayed beautiful tone, sound technique and the ability to transform notes on a page into a distinctly personal statement.”  He has also performed in Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center.  Performances have been broadcast on NPR, NBC, the CBC, as well as numerous performances on local networks.  He has recorded for Bridge, Navona, and Tantara Records in both solo and chamber music repertoire.  His recent CD of piano music by Vladimir Dukelsky (aka Vernon Duke) was given a five star rating and given high praise as “profoundly musical”,  “well thought out and perceptive”, “extraordinarily cohesive”.  “His technique is formidable, and as he wends his way through these pieces, he makes it sound easy.”

An avid supporter of new music, Holden has premiered works by Christian Asplund, Laurence Lowe, Michael Hicks, Douglas Pew, Steven Ricks, David Sargent, Rich Shemaria, James Tenney and many others.  His world premiere of the William Wallace Piano Concerto was performed with Keith Lockhart and the Utah Symphony to high critical acclaim.  The Salt Lake Tribune wrote “Mr. Holden secured the stage in a virtuosic performance….We were torn between examining every new note passing by our ears, and Holden’s pianistic acrobatics.  It was a wonderful dilemma.” 

Dr. Holden holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School where he was awarded the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship.  For a year he also studied at Budapest’s Liszt Academy as a Fulbright Scholar.  His principle teachers have included Arkady Aronov, Martin Canin, Charles Fisher, Arthur Greene, Nina Lelchuk, Andras Kemenes, and Ferenc Rados.    Dr. Holden is currently the director of the piano program at Brigham Young University where he has been on the faculty since 2002. 

Cypress Recital Hall: Located on Nordhoff St., between Lindley and Etiwanda avenues. Park in Lot Bl and B3.

Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 faculty/staff and senior citizens; $7 students (with valid ID)

All are welcome to attend.

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