Brendan Hollins completed his studies in piano performance at the University of

Stellenbosch under the guidance of renowned pianists Luis Magalhães and Nina

Schumann, the formidable TwoPianists duo. As a supporter of new music, he has

featured modern compositions on tours, radio, and television in South Africa, South

Korea and the United States. After performing and conducting in Europe, Asia, and

Southern Africa he settled in Korea and conducted and collaborated with the Sejong

Nanum Orchestra and prestigious Lindenbaum Foundation, premiering works by

numerous Korean composers including Min Jae Jeon, first prize winner at the Queen

Elisabeth Competition for Composition. 

 

As soloist he has performed with orchestras at home and abroad in addition to  

masterclasses with numerous international artists and pedagogues including

Charles du Toit, Jorma Panula, Harold Farbermann, and pianists Alexei Lubimov,

André Watts, Konstantin Scherbakov,  Melvyn Tan, and John O'Conor.

 

Also involved in film and popular music, he has performed, collaborated, and

toured with top South African acts Springbok Nude Girls, Nataniël, Koos Kombuis,

Mac Stanley, TV personalities Leon Schuster, Gray Hofmeyr, and Soli Philander.

His work has appeared on media in the United States, South Africa, and Korea.

Collaborations with Hip Hop artist Pinnacle TheHustler have resulted in sold-out

festival performances, album releases, and tours in South Korea. 

 

Currently Musical Director and vocal coach for Grand Valley State University's Opera

Theater program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brendan has collaborated and performed 

with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera Grand Rapids, West

Michigan Opera Project, in addition to performances with soloists from the Metropolitan

Opera, New York City Ballet, and a variety of Broadway tours.

 

Engagements for the 2018/2019 season include Verdi’s La Traviata with Opera Grand

Rapids, Ibsen’s House for Grand Rapids Ballet, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

at Mason Street Warehouse, Ravel’s L’es enfant et les Sortilége, Working, Mozart's Le

Nozze Di Figaro, as well as Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, Cinderella,

A Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, and Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore.

 

 

.. Hollins’ playing was a glittering highlight and a showpiece of powerful technique.
— Cape Times
.. an amazing auditory experience from a true conductor..
— Seoul Times
.. powerful playing with depth and fire ..
— Eikestad News
.. Hollins held the orchestra and choir in complete harmony - and the audience in thrall.
— Seoul Times