Acclaimed as "a world-class virtuoso" and "an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors," organist Bradley Hunter Welch returns April 1 for his fourth concert at Emory & Henry College.
In this recital, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the E&H Memorial Chapel, Welch will play works by J.S. Bach, William Albright, and French masters, as well as a work written for him by Aaron David Miller.
Welch has a long-standing relationship with Emory & Henry and the Randall Dyer Organ, Opus '69, in Memorial Chapel. As a young, rising star in the world of organ performance, he was invited by the College to be one of the inaugural recitalists to play that instrument. Since then his fans at the college and in the regional pipe organ community have watched with interest how he is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative artist.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Welch holds the doctor of musical arts degree, a master of music arts, a master of music degrees, and the artist diploma from Yale University, where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. He also holds the bachelor of music degree with magna cum laude graduate honors from Baylor University, where he studied with Joyce Jones. Welch has continued his study of organ and piano technique with Sheila Paige.
Welch is the 2003 first place winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition and was also awarded the Audience Prize for the second time, having previously won it in 2000. In 2005, he was a featured artist at three regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and he made his European debut in France performing in the Chartres Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
With the DSO, he gave the world premier of Stephen Paulus' "Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra," the piece written for Welch as the winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition. He is the director of music and arts and organist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to these duties, he performs approximately 20 concerts annually under the exclusive management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Harford, Connecticut.
His premier recording is the first solo organ recording of the Cliburn Organ at Broadway Baptist Church, and his recording of the magnificent Fisk organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas is currently in production.