Division: Keyboard Performance
Position: Professor, Division Coordinator
Office: E-430 HFAC
“Scott Holden plays with obvious commitment…and limpid lyricism…he tackles the keyboard acrobatics fearlessly,” writes Fanfare Magazine. Commitment, lyricism, and fearless acrobatics characterize Holden’s career. A solo pianist, champion collaborator, devoted teacher and adjudicator, Scott Holden’s dedication to the art and study of pianism is prevalent across the scope of his work.
Holden debuted in Carnegie Hall after winning first prize in the 1996 Leschetizky New York Debut Piano Competition. He has performed in over forty states (including at The Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall), Canada, Mexico, England, Russia (Svetlanov Hall), throughout Europe, and in multiple Asian countries. He has been broadcast on NPR, NBC, CBC, as well as numerous local networks. His enthusiastic support of contemporary music has led to a variety of premieres, including William Wallace’s Second Piano Concerto with Keith Lockhart and the Utah Symphony of which 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.” Recent concerts have brought him across the country ranging from Alaska to New York, as well as in China, Singapore, Vietnam, and Europe. Holden returned to Carnegie Hall to play a solo recital in 2018, featuring multiple world premieres included on his newest solo CD “the Unknown Galaxy.” Fanfare praised the album: “he brings it off with excellence, mastering everything…. It’s safe to say that there is no other piano disc quite like this one.” His CD, Beyond Vernon Duke, was given the highest five-star rating stating: “Holden exhibits profoundly musical readings with obvious commitment and great attention to detail.” Holden has recorded for Parma, Bridge, Tantara and NAXOS Records.
A sought-after pedagogue, Holden’s students have been prizewinners in numerous competitions, including top prizes at MTNA and the Gina Bachauer. His students are regularly accepted to the leading graduate programs in the nation. He travels extensively to adjudicate and give master classes at festivals and pedagogy workshops around the world and has contributed to various publications, including both volumes of “The Pianist’s Craft” which has been published domestically and, more recently, in China. He frequently posts piano tutorial videos on his Youtube channel, “Piano Think.”
Holden holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and The Manhattan School of Music (DMA). He studied at The Liszt Academy in Budapest as a Fulbright Scholar. Major teachers have included Arkady Aronov, Martin Canin, Charles Fisher, Arthur Greene, András Kemenes, Nina Lelchuk, and Ferenc Rados. He currently chairs the Keyboard Studies department at Brigham Young University and is a faculty member at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Geneva, Switzerland where he has been teaching since 2017.
DMA, Manhattan School of Music, 2002
Fulbright Scholar, Performance Certificate, The Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary, 1997
MM, Piano Performance, The Juilliard School, 1995
BM, Piano Performance, University of Michigan, 1992
Graduate Piano Literature (Music 505)
Keyboard Foundations (Music 264, 265)
Keyboard in Ensemble (Music 344R)
All levels of private studio teaching (Music 160R-660R)