Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Opera Theatre, Part-time Professor
1300 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
Brendan Hollins completed his Masters 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 and South Korea. After performing and conducting in Europe, Asia, and Southern Africa he settled in Korea and conducted the Sejong Nanum Orchestra housed in the famed King Sejong Arts Center, a prominent hub for international cultural activity. While in Korea he worked with orchestras and choirs, including the prestigious Lindenbaum Foundation, premiering works by numerous Korean composers including Min Jae Jeon, first prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composition. In addition, he founded the Camarata Music Company, a non-profit organization providing opportunities for Koreans and foreigners to perform classical music together. The organization has since been honored by two presidents of Korea for being a major contributor to international relations in the country.
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, 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 The Hustler have resulted in sold-out performances, album releases, and tours in South Korea.
Currently Musical Director and vocal coach for Grand Valley State University's Opera Theatre program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brendan has collaborated and performed with Grand Rapids Symphony conductor David Lockington as well as Duane Davis, distinguished vocal jazz director at Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.