photo by Berta Daniels

Darryl Hollister,
2019 Daniel Pinkham Award Recipient

Darryl Hollister was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he studied with Ralph Votapek and Deborah Moriarty. He received his Master’s Degree from New England Conservatory of Music, working with Patricia Zander. Touring with the program “Sharing a New Song,” Mr. Hollister performed as accompanist and soloist in performances in Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Armenia. Mr. Hollister is an active accompanist and performer with many well-known choral groups in the Boston area and in Nashua, N.H. He has regularly performed with Coro Allegro, the Dedham Choral Society, the Heritage Chorale in Framingham, and the Choruses of Commonwealth School.

Mr. Hollister is considered one of the leading interpreters of African classical piano music. He has premiered works of many outstanding African composers such as Akin Euba, Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Onovwerosuoke, and many others. He has performed recitals of African and African-American piano music in Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Saint Louis, and London and Cambridge, England. Mr. Hollister, with flutist Wendy White, has recorded a CD entitled African Art Music for Flute. He has toured throughout the Caribbean, South Africa, and England with soprano Dawn Padmore in recitals of African and African-American music. He is founder of the world music ensemble Mundial whose inaugural concert featured works of African and African-American composers.