Brian Holland (Texas)
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has rapidly become one of the most lauded performers of ragtime and stride piano in America.
Constantly developing new and exciting styles of performance, Brian
continues to enthrall audiences by combining impressively dexterous pyrotechnics with a very laid-back approach.
The result is remarkable accuracy and flair with seemingly little or no effort.
musical existence at the age of three, Brian
grew up living a "Ragtime Life.
grandparents raised him to love all kinds of music, but particularly styles from the turn of the century (last century, that is).
Blessed with perfect pitch and an aptitude for improvisation, he
quickly learned his
way around an organ keyboard and had a repertoire of old standards that would shock most professionals - all before the age of six!
It was then that he
attention to the piano.
However, during twelve years of intense classical studies, Brian
decided that it wasn't a concert stage he
wanted to perform on, but the ragtime stage.
Since then he
has performed all across the US, first on majestic pipe organs in pizza parlors, and then on the uprights and concert grands at ragtime concerts and festivals.
has the distinction of being a World Old-time Piano Playing Champion (1997-'99) of a competition sponsored by the Old-time Music Preservation Association
(OMPA), winning his
third title at only twenty-seven years of age.
is currently the youngest three-time (and therefore "retired") champion of this event, held since 1975.
Most recently, Brian has expanded his horizons in ensemble jazz music, forming the Holland Rhythm Company and B-Square Entertainment.