BIOGRAPHY


Canadian pianist Luke Welch was born and grew up in  Mississauga, Ontario. He played his first public performance at age seven.  His first private piano instructors include Kyzysztof Jedrysik and Catherine Kuzeljevich, and he later completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Western Ontario in Canada under the tutelage of John-Paul Bracey.

 

Welch has also participated in the classes of distinguished artists including Jean-Bernard Pommier, Cécile Ousset, Dang Thai Son, André Laplante, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and Stéphane Lemelin.   He has performed extensively on the international stage including appearances in Canada, United States, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and New Zealand.  Highlight performances include recitals at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Castletown House in Ireland, St. Andrew's-on-the-Terrace in Wellington (NZ), Music Mondays at Holy Trinity in Toronto, Southminster United and Trinity Anglican in Ottawa, FCAP in Amsterdam, and Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany.  

 

Welch made his concerto debut in 2004 with the Durham Chamber Orchestra, and has since performed with a number of orchestras including Greenway Strings, Mumbles Symphony Orchestra, and Winchmore String Orchestra.  In addition to these recital and concerto performances, he also taught a masterclass in Alsager, England to several young pianists and in 2015, completed his first tour through New Zealand.  These performances, which received nation-wide exposure and critical acclaim, included concerts in ChristchurchWellingtonTaupoAuckland, and Kerikeri.  

 

He has received national and international awards and grants based in both North America and Europe, including sponsorship from FACTOR/Government of Canada for the 2016-17 season.  2017 is filled with international performances, including recitals at Gabriele Paque Musikstudio in Bonn, Germany followed by a recital at Muziekschuur in Belgium.  In May, he will travel to Canada for a series of recitals throughout Ontario and in July will make his first visit to South Africa for recitals in Cape Town and Pretoria.  Later in the year he will return to London, England to make his third appearance at St. George's in Beckenham and Christ Church Music in Marlow, and in November will travel to British Columbia, Canada for recitals in Vancouver, Fernie, Chemainus, Hornby Island, and Qualicum Beach. 

 

In addition to his performance commitments and private teaching, he has been based in the Netherlands and working with a number of national and international academies and arts institutions.  In 2015, Welch also released his debut solo piano album entitled 'The Universal Language', and his second album 'Crossing Borders' is set to be released in February 2017.