Bradley Hunter Welch
BRADLEY HUNTER WELCH
"To invoke an old Southern expression, Bradley Hunter Welch plays the organ like nobody's business. Between the virtuosity of the playing and the easy going spoken commentary, he also proved that 'entertainer' and 'organist' needn't be mutually exclusive. It would be hard to play Widor any better than this....splendidly idiomatic and communicative." (Dallas Morning News)
Hailed as “A world-class virtuoso” (The American Organist) and “an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors” (Birmingham News, Alabama), Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. He 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 premiere of Stephen Paulus’s Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, the piece written for Bradley as the winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition.
Dr. Welch has taught at Southern Methodist University and Baylor University. He was Director of Music & Arts at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas 2009–2014 and currently devotes his full-time attention to a thriving solo concert career. Between his concert and recording engagements, Dr. Welch serves as Artist-in-Residence as Christ Church (Anglican) in Plano, Texas—one of the largest Anglican churches in the United States.
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, 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 magna cum laude from Baylor, University where he studied with Joyce Jones. Dr. Welch has also continued his study of organ and piano technique with Sheila Paige.
His debut CD recording is the very first solo organ recording made on the Van Cliburn Organ at Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth on the Loft Recordings label. A recording on the magnificent Fisk organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas is currently in production.
Bradley Hunter Welch is represented exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.