From Bach to Bonanza – virtuoso and versatility
"An entire musical cosmos in one head" wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt General Newspaper)/FAZ about Holger Mantey after the pianist's solo-concert in the studio of the Hessischer Rundfunk (Hesse Broadcasting).
Indeed, Mantey's repertoire leaves no wish unanswered when it comes to variety and versatility.
A concert with him is no dry piano recital. Mantey's instrument, the grand piano, is joined by drums, beatbox, "chord boards," handpans, castanets, and others to dress his congenial distortions of famous works across musical epochs in a new and often surprising gown. This is not only hilarious, but also musically highly delectable and challenging.
Thus, with Mantey's musical interpretations ranging from Mozart to Gershwin and from Bach to Bonanza, you can expect many different things except for one: that you will ever get bored.
"Mantey is a virtuoso whose head is filled unexpected mental leaps," writes the FAZ, which the musician, who has performed concerts across 21 countries around the world, proves in his own pieces, as well. He has performed with notable musicians in various line-ups, in which his solos always take a special place.