Babypatrick lernt laufen

Patrick at the Vienna Konzerthall 2004

Patrick George Sonny Holming was born in Harwich/England as the first of three children. The father Hans Holming is from Finland, Mother Fay (nee Scull) from England. They settled in Sweden and came soon to Gothenburg where Patrick grew up.

When Patrick was 4 years old, his parents bought a fine old piano for 500 Swedish crowns at an auction. Patrick immediately started to play on it...  Soon after, he enjoyed his first instruction at the instrument.

At twelve years of age, he bought a record with Beethoven sonatas. This became one of the peak-experiences of his life... From that moment, this music did not leave him alone...

He now wished to have a grand piano. With the aid of the saved children allowance, Patrick got a Yamaha grand piano.

Until his 14th year, the young Holming wanted actually to study natural sciences, however, after two trial weeks at a lab, he discarded the idea; From then on, he only knew one goal: To become a pianist! He sought out a Swedish pianist of repute: Ingemar Hedvall - a pupil of Paul Badura-Skoda/Vienna - and took lessons from him.

1987 Patrick Holming went to Austria, where he studied at the university for music and performing arts (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in Graz: piano with Prof. Chung Lee and Prof. Annamaria Bodoky-Krause, chamber music and song-accompaniment with Prof. Georg Pammer, harpsichord and thorough-bass with Prof. Franz Zebinger.

His piano teachers (1997) and masters degrees (1998) were both awarded with distinction.

Between 1994 and 1999, he studied harpsichord, accompaniment and ancient music at the Johann-Josef-Fux-conservatory/Graz with Prof. Margret Bogner.

Patrick Holming has participated in several master classes, notably with Robert Riefling (Oslo) and Rudolf Kehrer (Vienna).

He has researched piano performance. His master's thesis became a very important writing for pianists and piano pedagogues: "Die Psychologie der Klaviertechnik; ein Kompendium der wichtigsten grundlegenden Schriften über psychologische Aspekte der Klaviertechnik".

In addition to his concert activity, performing as a soloist and accompanist in several countries, Patrick Holming is also a teacher: since 1989 he teaches piano, harpsichord, keyboard, accompaniment and music theory at the Landesmusikschule Mariazell in Austria.

He has also lectured various groups of piano pedagogues, e.g. EPTA (European piano Teachers Association) and together with Univ. Prof. Richard Parncutt at the university for music and performing arts (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in Graz.