Originally from Germany, Vroni completed her Masters of Composition at Edinburgh University under the supervision of Professor Nigel Osborne. Her compositional work combines inventive minimalism with sustained emotional narratives. Many of her compositions have been performed to the public and her work was broadcast on Radio 3.
Vroni is also known for her Streetpiano Project – she has played piano in parks, streets and even floating through the canals of Venice on her tours around Europe. In Edinburgh she loves to play ragtime and 40s jazz piano in the Meadows.
Vroni’s compositions have been played at various venues in Edinburgh and also in London for a concert broadcast by BBC Radio 3, and have been performed by prestigious ensembles including The Edinburgh Quartet, The Red Note Ensemble and the Edinburgh University Composers’ Orchestra.
…emotive, inspirational music that rewards repeated listening.” (Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday)
Kirsteen Davidson Kelly (pianist)
Kirsteen is a pianist, music educator and researcher based in Edinburgh. She met Vroni Holzmann when they worked together on String Theory, a live performance in London that was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now. Since then they have collaborated on a number of performance and recording projects, including the new album Glow on the Horizon.
Kirsteen co-founded the innovative ensemble Piano Circus where she stayed for thirteen years, commissioning and performing works by composers such as Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Steve Reich, Graham Fitkin and Brian Eno, and appearing at major venues internationally. Kirsteen has recorded extensively for Decca and other labels, including classic works by Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Graham Fitkin, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces (conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy).
Kirsteen’s other ongoing projects include the two piano duo KDKDK with pianist Katharine Durran, performing some of the most exuberant and virtuosic 20th and 21st century repertoire for two pianos, and regular performances of work by Max Richter – including Waltz with Bashir live with the Philharmonia Orchestra at London Southbank’s Meltdown Festival, and Vivaldi Recomposed with Daniel Hope at the Merano Festival.
Kirsteen has collaborated with dancers, physical theatre practitioners, visual artists, filmmakers, composers and musicians both as a performer and through creative education projects with diverse communities. Her recently completed PhD used mixed methods to explore ways in which musicians imagine music during preparation for performance, and included a brain-imaging (fMRI) study of expert pianists.
Karl Sylvester (painter)
Karl and Vroni have been working together since the creation of Wandelung, their first collaborative project. Wandelung consist of a series of poems, paintings and piano works, and was published as an album and installation in 2011. Karl paints landscapes while listening to the piano works created for the project. When he is not painting he works as a gardener.
Roni Horn (painter)
Based in a remote part of Sweden Roni paints sea and landscapes. She began collaborating with Vroni in 2012 when they travelled to South Sweden’s forests to create mutually inspired compositions and visual works. As a day job Roni runs a stonemason’s business with her husband.
Vroni and Roni are currently working on a collaboration inspired by alpine landscapes.
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