“Dazzlingly talented” (The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe) and wielding a “magic baton” (Brooklyn Eagle), American conductor Brian Holman has performed on four continents to great acclaim. This past season, he debuted with Cleveland Opera Theater (Amelia Lost), Marble City Opera (La Traviata), and appeared at Film Fest Tucson (The Mine With the Iron Door), and the Harare International Festival of the Arts with Baroque2000 Chamber Orchestra. He recently conducted at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Sicily, led a concert performance of Tosca at Merkin Concert Hall, and joined New York City Opera as assistant conductor for the New York premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas at Lincoln Center. Brian has worked with Opera Africa, Treasure Coast Opera, New Rochelle Opera, New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-En, and DETOUR New Music Ensemble. Brian is active in developing innovative presentations of operas, as his recent on-site performances of La Traviata won special kudos “for the impressive work of pacing and control of the action, and miraculously maintaining the synchronization of the instrumental ensemble to the singers in different rooms.” (Arts Knoxville)
An accomplished pianist and “superb partner artist” (Hudson-Catskill), lauded for his “strong support” of singers (Musical Connection), Brian has performed with many important artists, including Nelly Miricioiu, Laquita Mitchell, Aprile Millo, Stella Zambalis, Hyona Kim, Sara Murphy, Francisco Casanova, John Mac Master, James Valenti, Lester Lynch, Daniel Borowski, and Latin pop legend Nini Cáffaro. His collaborative work has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the United Nations, Salle Cortot, Teatro Nacional de Santo Domingo, Broadway’s 54 Below, MGM Grand Detroit, and The Rainbow Room. Brian’s performances have been broadcast on international radio (Classic FM, Sirius XM, Esimora Cultural RAC Colombia, KBAQ Phoenix, WUOT Knoxville, Radio Maria) and television (Alhurra, LBCI, Tele-Occidente Sicilia, TeleMATER, WBIR Knoxville).
Brian Holman served on the faculties of Montclair State University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Westchester Summer Vocal Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, Mannes College of Music, and was guest coach for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He was Assistant Music Director of Mediterranean Opera Festival for three seasons in Sicily. This summer he joined the faculty of the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy.
A native of Arizona, Brian studied piano at Arizona State University and Manhattan School of Music. He attended conducting seminars at L’Ècole Normale de Musique in Paris, in the Czech Republic, and studied in New York. Brian performed in the masterclasses of Ivan Moravec, Vladimir Feltsman, Francisco Aybar, as well as vocal masterclasses of Mariella Devia, Giuseppe Filianoti, Ira Siff, Lauren Flanigan, Verónica Villarroel, Nicola Martinucci, Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Fisichella, Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi, Pietro Ballo, and John Fisher. Brian’s own compositions have been performed by the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Pops orchestras. He was commissioned in 2010 by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation to write an original score to the 1924 silent film The Mine with the Iron Door. His piano solos are also heard on the soundtrack of Dave Boyle’s indie romantic comedy, White on Rice.