Accolades

“I love Flamenco and classical guitar and have heard some of the best (including in Spain). I feel Holly is an exceptional guitarist who is committed to a life of performing and learning. She is passionate about her art and very easy to deal with. Holly can play both background music for any event or be a headline performer during a concert.” ~ Paul Van Ginkel, Calgary

“Let me say that Holly is a passionate and consummate musician who fills the room with richness and enchantment. Her abilities to relay a story through music takes you away to places that are exotic, exciting and romantic. It is without doubt that Holly draws on her own experiences and love of flamenco to connect with those that listen to her melodies. My wife and I have been fortunate to have heard Holly at a number of venues including inviting her to one of ours. She is truly gifted and a someone that can transform the surroundings instantly once her fingers touch the strings of her guitar. Would we recommend Holly: without hesitation, YES.” ~ Steve & Michele Zanini

“Holly’s music is beautiful and we always receive many comments from guests and clients about how much they enjoy having her play… I would not hesitate in giving Holly my highest recommendation!” ~ Val Shuster, Devour Catering

“Holly’s choice of music and her playing were both outstanding, and her communication on the phone and in person were both helpful and appropriate. We would recommend here to anyone hosting a wedding or similar important function.” ~ Bill Avery, Producer, Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show

“Holly Blazina’s heart felt performances are a wonderful combination of sensitive musicianship alongside technical virtuosity that are sure to captivate any audience.  As a teacher, Holly’s workshops are an absolute must for any aspiring musician and guitar enthusiast!” ~ Brett Gunther, Artistic Director, Calgary Classical Guitar Society

“One of the gatherings in my home has become a legend in my circle of friends and colleagues.   Holly Blazina, flamenco guitarist and aficionada extraordinaire, created an atmosphere so exotic, welcoming and captivating that the event is still part of varied conversations years later.  I am among those who realize that our community is fortunate to have access to a musician with Holly’s vast knowledge and appreciation of the wonder that is flamenco music and tradition.   Having spent a great deal of time in Spain myself, I know that her performances and events — in venues intimate and grand – are both authentic and innovative and are more than entertainment, but rather deep experiences of beauty.” ~ Joanne Stalinski, in-home concert hostess

“Holly played at a Top Level Executive private client reception we held at the Paul Van Ginkel Gallery.  The evening went stupendously and the ambience provided by Holly’s flamenco guitar was amazing.  Professional, easy to work with and the audience loved her! I would not hesitate to invite Holly back to any event I host in the future.” ~ Joy Caron, Director of Sales and Marketing, Delta Calgary Downtown

“Holly is a terrific player with great style and a fun personality. I’ve seen her play at a number of events around town and I’m always amazed at her talent. I have happily referred Holly to friends and co-workers when they needed a guitarist for a special event knowing she would do an awesome job. She has always been super professional has never disappointed!” ~ Liz Tompkins, Account Executive, City Palate

“I have heard Holly perform in a variety of settings – several business functions, a funeral, even a spiritual gathering. Her music is always appropriate and has a way of enlivening each occasion, making it more enjoyable. All those in attendance comment positively and seem uplifted. I highly recommend Holly’s services for any event that calls for music.” ~ François Aubin, Sales & Marketing Consultant

“Absolutely loved your performance. It captured my guest’s hearts, there was not a toe in the room not tapping. It was one of the most memorable performances ever to happen at one of my events. My guests are still talking about it to this day.”  ~ Jerilyn Wright, president, Jerilyn Wright & Associates Interior Design Consultants

“I have had the pleasure of witnessing Holly Blazina’s Flamenco guitar performances for the past five years and am truly impressed by her increasing technical ability and artistic sensitivity. Her performances have a way of projecting a sense of calmness and serenity that is particularly  pleasing to audiences.” ~ Damon Johnston, Artistic Director, ProArts Society, Calgary

“Thank you, Holly, for making our daughter’s celebration extra special! Your presence and wonderfully beautiful playing brought back fabulous memories of the incredible flamenco guitarist (and dancers) we heard in Cordoba in May.  We were thrilled to have you with us. Your playing is exquisite and you looked so beautiful as you played. Our other family and dear friends, too, were very impressed with your playing, and delighted at your presence, especially Ian, who sat with you and listened for quite some time. Our daughter was very surprised, and I know very, very happy, that we arranged to have you play.  Your presence created a beautiful ambience and made our event very classy!  For this we are grateful. With our best wishes for your continued success, Holly!” ~ The Woodwards

“Calgary’s Holly Blazina is a pioneer in flamenco guitar.” ~ Jacqueline Price, The Calgary Herald