PROF Ian Holtham

PROF Ian Holtham


  • Classical music performance
  • Piano literature and performance from the mid-eighteenth century to the present (Piano Performance)



  • Professor Ian Holtham

    BA(Hons) DipEd PhD (Melb) BMus (Hons) (Durham) Hon FMusA  FTCL ARCM LRAM LGSM

    Professor Ian Holtham is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and his performances of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire have played to packed houses and rave reviews for many years. He has led the Keyboard area at the University of Melbourne since 1998. In 1999 he was invited to become the inaugural Head of Studies at the Australian National Academy of Music - a position he held for a year in addition to his position at the University of Melbourne.

    Prof Holtham studied with Peter Feuchtwanger, Geza Anda, as well as with Geoffrey Parsons and Enrique Barenboim in Europe for over five years during the 1970s. He also studied Composition and Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and has broadcast regularly with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since the late seventies appearing as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as with various orchestras and conductors over many years. He is one of Australia’s most senior pianists and has performed and given Masterclasses throughout Australia, Europe and Asia over the last three decades. Prof Holtham is a Steinway artist and established the Melbourne Conservatorium as the only institution of higher musical training in the Southern Hemisphere which is a Steinway School. He has been  the Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board in Victoria for most of this century, is the Chair of the national AMEB piano syllabus and served five terms as the elected Federal Chair of the AMEB.

    Prof Holtham has published a seminal text on piano technique, and was piano adviser and contributor to the Oxford Companion to Australian Music. He has also been the Editor of the two editions of the AMEB Technical Work Book and has published    



Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1989
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne 1984
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1981
  • BMus (Hons), Durham University 1980
  • LGSM, Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1976
  • FTCL, Trinity College of Music 1976
  • ARCM, Royal College of Music 1974
  • LRAM, Royal Academy of Music 1974

Awards and honors

  • Honorary Fellowship in Music Australia, 2018
  • International Steinway Artist since 1999, Steinway Artist, 2002
  • Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, 1976



Available for supervision

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