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
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.