PROF Ian Holtham

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Positions

  • Academic

Research expertise

  • Classical music performance
  • Piano literature and performance from the mid-eighteenth century to the present (Piano Performance)
Prof Ian Holtham

BA(Hons) DipEd PhD (Melb) BMus (Hons) (Durham) FTCL ARCM LRAM LGSM

Head of Keyboard
Professor Ian Holtham is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and his performances of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire have played to packed houses and rave reviews for many years. He has led the Keyboard area at the University of Melbourne since 1998. In 1999 he was invited to become the inaugural Head of Studies at the Australian National Academy of Music - a position he held for a year in addition to his position at the University of Melbourne.

Prof Holtham studied with Peter Feuchtwanger, Geza Anda, as well as with Geoffrey Parsons and Enrique Barenboim in Europe for over five years during the 1970s. He also studied Composition and Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and has broadcast regularly with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since the late seventies appearing as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as with various orchestras and conductors over many years. He is one of Australia’s most senior pianists and has performed and given Masterclasses throughout Australia, Europe and Asia over the last three decades. Prof Holtham is a Steinway artist and established the Melbourne Conservatorium as the only institution of higher musical training in the Southern Hemisphere which is a Steinway School. He has been  the Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board in Victoria for most of this century, is the Chair of the national AMEB piano syllabus and has served five terms as the elected Federal Chair of the AMEB.

Prof Holtham has published a seminal text on piano technique, and was piano adviser and contributor to the Oxford Companion to Australian Music. He has also been the Editor of the two editions of the AMEB Technical Work Book and has publ ished articles on Music in the Australian Book Review. He has judged and often chaired virtually all the major musical awards and scholarships within Australia.

Since 1995 Ian Holtham has released a solo piano CD almost every year. His first, Etudes, contained the complete Etudes of Chopin, Opus 10 and Opus 25. This and his subsequent CDs which cover an enormous range of repertoire have all been received with wide critical acclaim. Amongst his recent CDs released through ABC Classics are Forest Scenes: the piano music of Robert Schumann and Beethoven: the last three Sonatas. This Sonatas on this CD were recorded on each of the three Melba Hall Steinways. In 2010 he released the Chopin Showcase CD through Move Records which celebrated the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Ian Holtham’s recorded output includes the complete Chopin Etudes, Preludes, Ballades, Scherzi and Impromptus, providing a discography unique in Australian pianism. He retains a strong commitment to Australian music and his most recent CD, Inspirations, released late in 2013 consist of eight new piano compositions written specifically for him by Australian composers.

Subject Areas

  • Music
  • Music Performance

Available for supervision

Yes.

Contact Details

Fax Number: 8344 5346
email: i.holtham@unimelb.edu.au
Web: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/staff/ianholtham
Media Only contact?: Y

Publications

Journal Articles Unrefereed

HOLTHAM I (2008), No compromise, Australian Book Review, Vol 304, Issue September 2008
HOLTHAM I (2007), Jeff Brownrigg: A New Melba?, Australian Book Review, Vol May 2007, Issue 291

Revised Books

HOLTHAM I (2008), Piano Technical Work Book, All Music Publishing and Distribution (ISBN:978-1-86367-625-0)

Major Recorded Works

HOLTHAM I (2016), Bach’s Tonal Soundscape vol. 1
HOLTHAM I (2016), Bach's Tonal Soundscape vol. 2
HOLTHAM I (2016), Bach's Tonal Soundscape vol. 3
HOLTHAM I (2016), Bach's Tonal Soundscape vol. 4
HOLTHAM I (2013), Inspirations (CD), Tall Poppies
HOLTHAM I (2011), Romantic RaritiesIan Holtham: solo piano and line notes authorCD released in September 2011: Tall Poppies TP219Contents:Brahms: Theme and Variations in D minor from the String Sextet Op18 (1860)Schubert: Unfinished Sonata in F Minor DV 625 (1818)first and third movement completions by Erwin Ratz (1953) and Ian Holtham (2011) Chopin: Rondo à la Mazurka (1826)Schumann : Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6 (1837)Duration:77 minutes 15 seconds, Tall Poppies
HOLTHAM I (2011), Romantic Rarities, Tall Poppies
HOLTHAM I (2010), The twenty-four Chopin Preludes Op.28:Recorded in:Chopin Showcase; Ian Holtham , pianoMove CD MD 3336, Move Records
HOLTHAM I (2010), Chopin Showcase: Ian Holtham , solo pianoThe Twenty-Four Preludes Op 28Fantasy in F Minor Op 49The Three Impromptus Opp 29, 36, 51The Fantasy Impromptu Op post 66Polonaise-Fantasy Op 61Move Records, MD 3336, Move Records
HOLTHAM I (2007), Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas, Op. 109, 110 and 111., ABC Classics
HOLTHAM I (2006), Forest Scenes: Piano Music of Robert Schumann, ABC Classics
HOLTHAM I (2003), Chopin: Complete ballades and scherzi, Move Records
HOLTHAM I (2002), Giants in the Land, Move Records
HOLTHAM I (2001), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Move Records

Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes

HOLTHAM I (2003), A small oeuvre: review of Peggy Glanville Hicks: A Transposed Life by James Murdoch, Australian Book Review, Vol 250, Issue April 2003, Australian Book Review
HOLTHAM I (2002), Grand Prix in G Minor: Review of Andrew Ford, "Undue Noise: Words about Music", Australian Book Review, Vol 241, Issue May 2002, Australian Book Review

HOLTHAM I (2001), Richard Davis: Eileen Joyce: A Portrait

Journal Articles Refereed

BRAGGE P, BIALOCERKOWSKI A, HOLTHAM I, MCMEEKEN J (2006), Piano teachers' perceptions of risk factors associated with injuries in elite pianists, Australian Journal of Music Education

Minor Recorded Works

HOLTHAM I (2001), Giants in the Land, Move Records

Publications of Creative Research

HOLTHAM I (2016), Bach's Tonal Soundscape - essay

Performances

2016

Stuart Greenbaum at 50, Melba Hall

2015

Steinway Piano Launch, Melba hall

2014

Performance Creation of the extended techniques for the Piano Part for the Melba Hall premiere of Basho by Barry Conyngham, Melba Hall
Performance Creation of the Solo Piano Part for the world premiere of ANZAC by Barry Conyngham, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, Southbank
"ANZAC," Concerto for Nine Soloists and Orchestra by Barry Conyngham, Iwaki Auditorium, The world premiere of Barry Conygnham's latest orchestral work "ANZAC" was given on 30 and 31 August, 2014 in Iwaki Auditorium. "ANZAC" is the creative result of the composer’s personal reflection on the ANZAC phenomenon. Written for the performance academic staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the work features nine soloists on flute, clarinet, flugelhorn, trombone, violin, cello, guitar, piano and percussion that may be seen as suggesting characters, moods, images, or memories, in dream-like references to confusion, nostalgia, ceremony and contradiction. One of the largest productions by collective effort from staff and students of the MCM, the premiere performances were enthusiastically received by 600 audience members, and were broadcasted on the ABC nationwide.

2013

The Melbourne Schubert Project: Twilight Concert, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, ERA Statement: The Melbourne Schubert Project: Twilight Concert and CD launch Melba Hall 6.30pm 18 October 2013. Paino recital featuring 4 world premier performances based on Schubert's last piano Sonata which was also performed in integration with the new works. CD launch during the concert by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne
3 MBS Beethoven Sonatas Expert Commentary, The Edge Federation Square, I acted as one of four distinguished expert commentators for this major Music event which was broadcast live by 3 MBS on Sunday 4 March between 11am and 11pm.

2012

Masterclass and Performance Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts18 September 2012, Lee Foundation Theatre Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Masterclass and Performance Delivered at Lee Foundation Theatre Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore18 September 2012

2011

Lunch Hour Concert and CD Launch with Rosamund Illing and Prof Glyn Davis AC12 September 2011, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Melba Hall, Lunch Hour Concert and CD launch
Visions, Trinity College chapel, Visions Ian Holtham at Trinity College, University of Melbourne 22 May 2011, 2.30 pm Recorded by the ABC Program Beethoven The Funeral March Sonata, Op 26 Gyger* As it were (World Premiere) Beethoven The Second Last Sonata, Op110 *Written specifically for this recital, Elliott Gyger’s composition plays with As- the German for A flat- and reinvents Beethoven’s musical materials in a different idiom
Happy Birthday Liszt!, Melba Hall, Happy Birthday Liszt! A concert commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Liszt's birthday: devised and directed by Ian Holtham 22 Oct 2011 2.30 pm Melba Hall The Concert was recorded by the ABC Ian Holtham : the Petrarch Sonnets plus the World Premiere of Stuart Greenbaum's Petrarch Ascenion, composed especially for this event A concert commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Liszt’s birthday: devised and directed by Ian Holtham22 Oct 20112.30 pm Melba Hall The Concert was recorded by the ABCIan Holtham : the Petrarch Sonnets plus the World Premiere of Stuart Greenbaum’s Petrarch Ascenion, composed especially for this eventCaroline Almonte : Venezia e Napoli Ben Martin : a selection of Liszt Miniatures including the third LiebestraumThe Olga and Igor piano Duo: Réminiscences de Don Juan de MozartIan Holtham and Rosamund Illing: S’il est un charmant gazon; Comment d

2010

ABC National Broadcast23 November 2010ALL NIGHT CLASSICSSchumann Forest Scenes 17'47Schumann Toccata 7'29 - Ian Holtham, p ABC 476 9235, ABC Classic FM, ABC Classic FM National Broadcast
Schubertiade: Showcase Concert of Schubert: with Rosamund Illing (Soprano) and David Thomas (Clarinet)March 23 2010 Melba Hall:6.00pmMelba HallSchool of MusicGate 12, The University of MelbourneRoyal Parade, ParkvilleAdmission: $25 concert only/$50 concert and supper, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Four Mignon Lieder; Two Suleika Lieder; Impromptu Op 90 No 3; Nacht und Traume; Aufloesung; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Chopin First Piano Concerto, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Public performance of the Chopin First Piano Concerto on Sunday, 28 February with the Melbourne Musicians as part of their piano concerto subscription series.
Musica Viva: Rosamund Illing with Ian HolthamMelbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre; broadcast live by ABC FM around Australia, Lieder and songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Gabriel Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Benjamin Britten.Piano Music by Brahms. The Recital took place at 11am, 20 April and was broadcast live nationally by ABC FM.
ABC National Broadcast15 September 2010ALL NIGHT CLASSICS Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 109 16'06 - Ian Holtham, p ABC 476 6183, ABC Classic FM, ABC FM National Broadcast
ABC National Broadcast 20 AprilUP LATEWith Julia HowardMozart Piano Sonata in A, K310 15'25 - Ian Holtham, p Move MD3246Chopin Prelude in F sharp, Op 28/13 2'40 - Ian Holtham, p Move MD3335, ABC Classic FM, ABC FM National Broadcast
ABC National Broadcast3 June 2010ALL NIGHT CLASSICSWith Bob MaynardChopin Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31 9'37 - Ian Holtham, p Move MD 3283, ABC Classic FM, ABC FM National Broadcast
ABC FM National Broadcast20 November 2010CLASSIC COLLECTIONSchumann Forest Scenes, Op 82 - Ian Holtham, p ABC 4769235 17'47, ABC Classic FM, ABC FM National Broadcast
Lunch Hour Concert 1 March 2010:Chopin Recital to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin's Birth, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Chopin: Rondo a la Mazurka; Scherzo Number 2 in B flat Minor; Ballade Number 4 in F minor; Polonaise in A flat Major Op 53

2009

Schumanniad: Rosamund Illing and Ian Holtham perform Schumman, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Rosamund Illing and Ian Holtham perform Schumman Op 42 (Frauenliebe und Leben), Op 28 (drei Romanzen fuer Klavier) and Op 39 (Eichendorff Liederkreis). Tuesday 19 May 2009 6.30pm. Whole performance recorded live by the ABC.

2008

Chopin: The Four Ballades, Raffles School, Singapore, Recital and masterclass. 4 August, 2008

2007

Chopin: the Ballades, Raffles School, Singapore, Live performance on 14 September 2007.
Beethoven: The last three piano sonatas, Feuchtwanger Recital Studio, London, Performance and masterclass on 1 July, 2007
Beethoven: The last three piano sonatas, California Institute of the Performing Arts, Performance and masterclass on 13 May, 2007

2006

Piano Landmarks: The Glory of France, St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne, 2 September 2006. Faure: Preludes from Op 113; Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Piano Masterworks: Piano Recital, Recital Hall, Yong Siew Tow Conservatorium, National University of Singapore, 18 October, 2006 Piano Recital. Bach: Partita No 4 in D major BWV 826, Beethoven; Piano Sonata in D minor Op 31 No 2, �The Tempest�, Brahms: Vier Klavierst�cke Op 119, Prokofiev: Sonata No 7 in B flat major, Op 83 19�
Piano Masterworks: Piano Recital, Melba Hall, UoM, 28 October, 2006 Piano Recital. Bach: Partita No 4 in D major BWV 826, Beethoven; Piano Sonata in D minor Op 31 No 2, �The Tempest�, Brahms: Vier Klavierst�cke Op 119, Prokofiev: Sonata No 7 in B flat major, Op 83.

2005

Twilight Piano Recital: Ian Holtham (piano), Melba Hall, UoM, Official launch of the Faculty�s new Steinway pianos. 27 August, 2007. Bach: Preludes and Fugues, Brahms: Sonata Op 5.
Piano Landmarks: The Russians, St Michael�s Uniting Church, Melbourne, 27 August, 2005. Skriabin, Etudes Op 2 and Op 8; Balakirev: �Islamey�.

2004

Piano Landmarks: Chopin & Co, St Michael�s Uniting Church, Melbourne, 21 August, 2004. Chopin: Twelve Etudes, Op 10
Recital and Masterclass: Ian Holtham (Piano), E88th St Recital Hall, New York, 7 July 2004. New York Summer Piano Festival. Chopin: The Twenty-four Etudes Op 10 and Op 25.
Recital and Masterclass: Ian Holtham (Piano), Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London., 26 September, 2004. Mozart: Sonatas K 310 and 311, Shostokovich: Preludes and Fugues.
Recital and Masterclass: Ian Holtham (Piano), La Salle College, Singapore., 29 October, 2004. Chopin: Various Works.

2003

Steinway & Sons 150th Anniversary Recital: Ian Holtham (Piano), Melba Hall, UoM., 22 October 2003. Beethoven: The last three piano sonatas, Op 109, Op 110, Op 111. Played on the three Melba Hall Steinway Concert Grands.
Piano Landmarks: Piano Masterpieces 1900 - 1950, St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne, 23 August, 2003. Prokofiev Sonata No 6.

2002

Holtham at Labassa: Ian Holtham (Piano), Labassa, North Caulfield., 12 June 2002. Recital for the National Trust of Victoria. Mozart: Variations on �Ah vous dirai-je maman�; Sonata in A minor K 310, Schubert: Four Impromptus, Op 90, Rachmaninov: Variations on a Chopin Theme, Op 22.
Celebrating 25 Years of Recitals in Melba Hall: Ian Holtham (Piano), Melba Hall, University of Melbourne., 23 October, 2002. Schumann: Forest Scenes, Op 82; Sonata in G minor Op 22; Toccata, Op 7; Fantasy in C major, Op 17.
Piano Landmarks: Eight Major Piano Masterpieces of the 19th Century, St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne, 17 August 2002. Schubert Sonata in B flat, D 960.

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD , University of Melbourne, 1989
  • Graduate Diploma in Education DipEd , University of Melbourne, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts with honours BA (Hons) , University of Melbourne, 1981
  • Bachelor of Music with honours BMus (Hons) , Durham University, 1980
  • Fellow of Trinity College London FTCL , Trinity College of Music, 1976
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music LRAM , Royal Academy of Music, 1974

Awards and honours

  • Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, 1976