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Holly’s doctoral dissertation, in music iconography, was entitled Embodying Music: The Visuality of Three Iconic Conductors in London, 1840-1940. She studied at the University of Otago, supervised by Sue Court and Alan Davison, and during her PhD candidacy published peer-reviewed papers in Music in Art, and presented papers at conferences in London, New York and New Zealand.
In 2014/2015 Holly has held one of the world's most coveted fellowships for emerging conductors, assisting Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and working as Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. In summer 2015, she debuts as Associate Conductor for Opera Holland Park, conducting the Christine Collins Young Artist performance of Delibes' Lakmé. She also has ongoing guest conducting engagements with the St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra (New Zealand), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and celebrates the launch concert of the Horizont Musik-Kollektiv in Berlin. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season included assisting both Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), and assisting Marin Alsop at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Prom, the BBCSO Last Night of the Proms, and with the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra on their recent European tour. Debuts included the Zafraan Ensemble (Berlin), St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra (NZ) the Vanbrugh Ensemble (London), and as cover conductor to Chris Warren-Green at the Charlotte Symphony (US). 2013 also saw success in being chosen as one of four young conductors from around the world to participate in the Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with players from the Berlin Philharmonic and other German orchestras, and a place as one of Dartington International Summer Schools advanced conducting fellows.
In addition to the SYLFF fellowship, Holly has received several significant accolades in recent years, most recently a 2012 AMP Business Advisor National Scholarship (NZ) and the NZ Arts Foundation’s Patron’s Award (2009). Holly also holds a BMus(Hons) in composition, conducting and analysis from Otago University, and an MMus in orchestral conducting from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium.
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