PRESS & FEEDBACK
Glow on the Horizon - piano album
“ Evocative droplets of magic, fittingly grouped under the title, 'Glow on the Horizon'. A joy to play, and to listen to. ”
(Derek Williams, Composer and President of the Wagner Society, 9/2/2020)
Relax with Vroni Holzmann's piano music - NHS Recovery College
“ ... she is also a gifted composer of relaxing piano music. This set of pieces transports you from a place of peace, security and low activation to increasingly warm feelings of relaxation and calm.
" Let Vroni’s musical invocations of snow, clouds, the wind and a lost embrace lead from low activation to relaxation. "
" This set of pieces takes you from a place of peace, security and low activation to feelings of warmth and relaxation, and then, in the last piece, to the benign simplicity and austerity of nature. "
(Nigel Osborne, Reid Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Edinburgh, 20/4/2020)
Dream Tree - piano album
“ In this new album of piano music, many of the pieces involve a simple, deliberate-sounding phrase, repeated several times before being developed, sometimes reaching towards a climax, sometimes fading out. The result is clear-cut musical phrasing, and highly affecting…
…this is emotive, inspirational music that rewards repeated listening. ”
(Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 5/2/2015)
Wandelung - piano album
“ …ambitious, yet similarly reflective and resonant. The opening ‘Wandelung – Preface’, evoking a frozen winter scene, made do with widely spaced chords and gently rippling arpeggios, yet the effect was magical. Bittersweet melodies surfaced in Holzmann’s ‘Zwei Welten’ and ‘Wandelung’, turning over and over, and seeming to view the same material from different angles. ”
(David Kettle, The Edinburgh Reporter, 25/1/2012)
“ … meditative rather than declamatory… Ravel comes to mind, as does Arvo Pärt ”
(Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 8/5/2011)
“ The calm and softly pulsating rhythms of the two piano cycles radiate a feeling of great tranquility and comfort ”
(Georg Füchtner, Oberbayerisches Volksblatt, 22/3/2011)
“ … very affective… and instantly appealing ”
(Jamie MacDougall, BBC Radio Scotland, 13/2/2011)
A Quiet Room and Sparrows - ensemble work
“ Vroni Holzmann’s ‘A Quiet Room and Sparrows’ was mesmerising in it’s rhythm and building melody ”
(Josie Balfour, Edinburgh Evening News, 3/11/2009)
Vroni Holzmann - travelling Europe with a piano
“ Vroni Holzmann has been travelling through Europe with her Steingraeber piano since 2000. The cities she has visited already are painted onto the piano. In 2012 she travelled through Scandinavia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Latvia. She thinks of Germany and Great Britain as wonderful countries to play her piano in. The piano gets transported with a van. To unload the piano she tends to need a little help, but this has never been a problem so far. She could always find passersby who could give a hand.
The streetpianist delights the crowd with her piano, performing ragtime, jazz or boogie-woogie. Born in Rosenheim, she now resides in Edinburgh. In Great Britain there is no need to get a licence to perform on the street, but this is different in Spain and Italy. In Verona she even had to abort her street concert. The listeners found themselves arguing with the police that she should be allowed to continue performing. However difficult it is, she just wants to bring her piano to where people can see and hear it. Rather than in concert halls she wants to play in the street so people can find it easier to forget their everyday life.
In the meantime she has published her first album: 'Wandelung'. Now you can listen to Vroni Holzmann at home. "
(Piano InForum, 3/3/2013)
“ How could a stranger who writes seven seas away from me knows what my heart feels? Your wordplay is simply mesmerizing ... "