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Brian Holland

Photo of Brian Holland during a perfomance

Brian Holland is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. After spending his formative years playing in pizza parlors and clubs throughout Indiana, Brian’s career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as “undefeated”. Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the US – Titan Hot Seven, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, the Holland Rhythm Company, and others – and has traveled all over the world performing
his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues. Brian has sixteen recordings (solo and ensemble) to his credit, and garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, “Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz”.


Brian Holland has to be one of the fastest, cleanest players anywhere today. Every note, no matter how swift, is as sparklingclear as Waterford crystal. His touch is assured and he makes even the most complex passages sound easy.
– Jack Rummel, prominent reviewer & performer

Brian Holland’s lightening-fast left hand bangs out a clean, steady rhythm while his right hand skitters up and down the keyboard rendering the melody in thick chords…watching the energy and dexterity is narcotic.
– The New York Sun

Performed in: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017