danny holt

CIA_20090408_9213Pianist Danny Holt is one of a new generation of innovative young musicians ushering classical music into the 21st century. Called “phenomenal” by the late music critic Alan Rich (SoIveHeard.com), and hailed as one of the “local heroes” of the Los Angeles music scene (LAcitybeat.com), Holt brings his boundless energy and wit to unique interpretations of new music, 20th-century music, and obscure, unusual, and neglected repertoire.

Among Holt’s ambitious solo projects is The Piano/Percussion Project. Over 20 composers have created new works for Holt’s unique setup in which he plays piano and an array of percussion instruments simultaneously. Holt continues to unveil new versions of The Piano/Percussion Project, and recent performances include appearances at REDCAT (Los Angeles), CNMAT (Berkeley), The Switchboard Festival (San Francisco), Rice University,  Princeton University, and CalArts.

In addition to championing the works of emerging composers, Holt has worked with composers such as Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Christian Wolff, James Tenney, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, and many others. Holt’s Fast Jump CD (Innova, 2009) was a featured new release on both WNYC and iTunes, and includes world premiere recordings of works by David Lang (co-founder of Bang on a Can), Caleb Burhans, Lona Kozik, Graham Fitkin, and Jascha Narveson. Gramophone called the disc “a compelling showcase for Holt’s innate virtuosity and gregarious temperament” and Sequenza21.com called Holt’s playing “brilliant”. His subsequent albums include the self- released disc release (2010), Skaller/Holt Duo’s Music of Mark Dresser (pfMENTUM, 2011), and two albums as part of the piano duo 4handsLA: Paris 1913 (2013) and Petrushka (2014). Among Holt’s ambitious solo projects is The Piano/Percussion Project.

He teaches at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) and College of the Desert (Palm Desert), and he is the chair of the music program at The Academy of Creative Education at The Oakwood School (North Hollywood).

For more information, visit: www.dannyholt.net