Quiet Heart Praises God
Robert Holm is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama, where he teaches private piano, coordinates class piano instruction and serves as staff accompanist. In addition, Holm is past president of the Mobile Music Teachers Association, pianist for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. Holm began playing the piano at age five and later studied 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 several times as soloist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and the Finale of Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto under the direction of Scott Speck as well as Liszt's Concerto No. 1 in E-flat under the direction of guest conductor Apo Hsu. Holm has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Canada, including appearances at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Trombone Festival, National Flute Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Saint Paul's United Methodist Concert Series in Coronado, California, Nagamichi Concert Series at Stonehill College, Massachusetts, Freeport, Illinois Community Concert Series, and regularly at the Eastern Shore Concert Series, Fairhope, Alabama Concert Series and at the Mobile Symphony Chamber Music Series. In March 2004, Holm began a four-year, eight-recital series featuring the thirty-two sonatas by Beethoven and from January 27-30, 2006 presented four recitals of 18 sonatas by Mozart in honor of the composer's 250th birthday. In February 2006, Holm and French pianist Axel Lenarduzzi performed two-piano works by Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninoff at the University of South Alabama. In August 2006, he performed on the Stateline Music Foundation Concert Series in Freeport, Illinois. In November 2006, Holm played his 100th full program at the University of South Alabama Laidlaw Performing Arts center in a recital featuring four sonatas by Beethoven. A Quiet Heart... is dedicated to my church family at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. This CD includes many of my favorite offertories I have played there over 10 years.