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Scott Holshouser
scott holshouser

Scott Holshouser has been the orchestra keyboardist for the Houston Symphony since 1980 and is accompanist for the Houston Symphony chorus. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he began his musical training in Athens, Georgia with Ina Gerchefski. While attending Florida State University he studied with Leonard Mastrogiacomo and continued studies in Houston with Abbey Simon. Holshouser was a top three prizewinner in the both the Houston and Dallas symphony young artist competitions, as well as the San Angelo symphony, Boca Raton young artists, and national MTNA competitions. His solo appearances include performances with the symphonies of Dallas, Atlanta, and Stavanger, Norway. In the 2003-4 season, he performed the Salieri Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony and the Rhapsody in Blue with the San Antonio Symphony. In performances in the 2004-5 season he performed concerti with the Houston Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra. In the 2005-6 Season he performed the Schubert-Liszt Wanderer Fantasy with the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall with Hans Graf conducting, He has recently performed a solo concert on the Virtuoso series  at the  University of North Alabama that resulted in an instant future engagement, and performed the Leroy Anderson piano concerto at Miller Theatre with the Houston Symphony in the summer of 2008. He played a recent engagement in the fall of 2009 of Rhapsody in Blue with the Nevada Pops orchestra in Las Vegas that was called a triumph for the orchestra and soloist by the Las Vegas Sun. With the Houston Symphony he has played over 25 solo performances ranging from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin, and played the Schubert F minor Fantasy for two pianists several times with Christoph Eschenbach in concerts.   Holshouser has been a staff pianist for the Houston Opera and Houston Ballet, and currently serves as staff accompanist for the Houston Symphony (Ima Hogg) auditions, and the Corpus Christi,San Angelo, and Kingsville, Texas national music competitions. He is a regular participant in the Grand Teton music festival, playing orchestra and chamber music. He is featured on recordings with clarinetist Richard Nunemaker and violinist Pip Clarke. He  made a second recording with Pip Clarke in Los Angeles in August of 2006. He made a recording with bassoonist Ben Kamins which is being released the summer of 2009.  Holshouser has taught piano as an affiliate artist on the faculty of the University of Houston. He met his wife Eileen while accompanying the Houston Symphony Chorus, and they have a young son Sean who is a great addition to the family.

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