Dr. Robert Holm
Professor of Music
Piano, Collaborative Piano
Keyboard Area Coordinator
Robert Holm is Professor of Music and head of the piano division at the University of South Alabama, where he teaches applied piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy and collaborates with guest artists and faculty on the USA Musical Arts Series. Added to the roster of Steinway Artists in Spring 2010, Holm is past president of the Mobile Music Teachers Association, principal pianist for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and pianist at Dauphin Way Baptist Church.
Prior to his appointment at USA in 1997, Holm received a B.A. in Piano performance at Pt. Loma Nazarene University in San Diego followed by studies at the University of Illinois School of Music with Professor Kenneth Drake, where, in 1999, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature. He was a semi-finalist at the 4th International Adilia Alieva Competition (2004) in Gaillard, France, a finalist at both the 2003 International Franz Liszt Competition in Grottammare, Italy and the 2002 International Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition in Radford, Virginia, and Third Prize winner at the 1997 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee.
Holm has appeared as soloist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra on four occasions and frequently with the Mobile Youth Symphony, USA Symphony, USA Wind Ensemble, University of Mobile Orchestra and Mobile Symphonic Pops. He has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States, including solo recitals at Howard University, Washington State University, Ball St. University, Northeastern St. University and Pt. Loma Nazarene University. At USA, Holm has performed over 40 solo recitals including sonata cycles of Mozart and Beethoven and presented over 300 different collaborative programs in the Mobile area. In 2006, Holm, violinist Enen Yu and cellist Guo-Sheng Huang formed the Archduke Piano Trio, which has performed over 30 standard chamber works throughout Alabama and Mississippi. In 2008, Holm began service as creative director for the Creagan Concert Series at Spring Hill College, where he is a frequent performer. In August 2010, Holm, flutist Andra Bohnet and clarinetist John Craig Barker performed a Trio recital at Steinway Hall in London, England.
Holm serves regularly as an adjudicator for MTNA, including MTA events in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Indiana. His pre-college students have frequently been selected as winners at annual Alabama State Music Teachers Conferences. He is the founder and director of the annual USA Summer Music Camp, which has studied music by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, Mozart and Haydn and will study Russian piano music in June 2015.
Holm has released several CDs featuring sonatas by Beethoven on period instruments, sonatas by Mozart, works by Scarlatti, Liszt and Ravel, two-piano music by Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninoff with French pianist Axel Lenarduzzi, two CDs of Scott Joplin’s rags, two CDs of sacred hymn arrangements, and two CD’s featuring original arrangements of sacred Christmas music. Holm lives in Satsuma, Alabama with his wife Kathryn and three children: Emma, Katie and Connor.