Professor Ian Holtham
BA(Hons) DipEd PhD (Melb) BMus (Hons) (Durham) Hon FMusA FTCL ARCM LRAM LGSM
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 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 published 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 no fewer than thirteen Australian composers have written work especially for him, recorded on his CDs Giants in the Land and Inspirations . Ian Holtham's study of the music of J S Bach has been lifelong and in 2017 he released a set of four CDs entitled Bach's Tonal Soundscape which contains the complete Well Tempered Clavier recorded by key, rather than by volume. This major recording project constitutes a new way of approaching one of the most iconic collections in the entire keyboard repertoire. In 2018 he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship in Music Australia for his distinguished and lengthy service to Music in Australia.
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Subverting the Pianistic Psyche: Learning Approaches to Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instrum..
The pianist as performance editor: Sodia Gubaidulina's works for trumpet and piano
Recorded or Rendered Work - Performance
Schumannszenen: a celebration of original artwork and piano recital
Live Performance of Creative Work
Displaying the 70 most recent scholarly works by Ian Holtham.
Subverting the Pianistic Psyche: Learning Approaches to Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24
Ian Holtham, david Tieri
Journal article | 2019 | The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion
A well-trained pianist is a musician fundamentally chained to notational accuracy—one of the prime pianistic obsessions. In tradi..
Elliot Gyger at 50
E Gyger, S Maurer, B Gawler, K Cresp, J Kenealy, C Blackwood, J Brennan, D Immel, C Thompson, P Green, A Wong, R Nairn, R Scully, K Murray, M van Leeuwen, I Holtham, D Barnard, T Ng, P Neville
Live Performance of Creative Work | 2018
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) New Music Ensemble celebrates the milestone birthday of one of Australia’s most widely..
"ANZAC," Concerto for Nine Soloists and Orchestra by Barry Conyngham
Y WONG, W Thompson, I Holtham, J Brennan, D Immel, D Jones, R Schubert, K Murray, P Neville
Recorded or Rendered Work - Performance | 2014
The world premiere of Barry Conygnham's latest orchestral work "ANZAC" was given on 30 and 31 August, 2014 in Iwaki Auditorium. "A..
Romantic RaritiesIan Holtham: solo piano and line notes author[CD released in September 2011: Tall Poppies TP219]Contents: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
Creative Published Work | 2011
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
R ILLING, I HOLTHAM, undefined Thomas
Live Performance of Creative Work | 2010
Four Mignon Lieder; Two Suleika Lieder; Impromptu Op 90 No 3; Nacht und Traume; Aufloesung; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
International Steinway Artist since 1999
HONFMUSA - Honorary Fellowship in Music Australia
FTCL - Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Education
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts with honours
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Music with honours
Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Fellow of Trinity College London
Trinity College of Music
Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Associate of the Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music