In his first return to Europe, which spanned across Germany, the Netherlands, and France, Luke Welch made an exciting and noteworthy appearances in four cities while recording his highly anticipated third album. The trip began with a stop in Cologne, Germany to lay the groundwork for the album entitled "The Return". On a beautiful Steinway D piano, Welch recorded a program which includes works by Beethoven and Schumann.
Welch then made his way across the border to Zutphen, the Netherlands on September 29th for a recital at Geelvinck Muziek Museum. This concert, which was highly regarded by the audience, as reviewed here, and featured a 1845 Collard & Collard fortepiano in which Welch presented music by Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann. The following day, Welch travelled to Amsterdam and gave another recital to a capacity audience at Het Cromhouthuis - right in the heart of the capital city.
Pianist Luke Welch at Geelvinck Muziek Museum (September 29, 2018)
The concerts continued with a return to the Waalse Kerk in Breda, the Netherlands on October 5. Welch made his first appearance in this concert series last year to critical acclaim, and an enthusiastic sold-out audience was there to greet the performer upon his arrival at the church. Welch presented a series of delicate works - including Beethoven Rondos, Op. 51 and Chopin Nocturne Op. 48, No.2 - as well as virtuoso piano pieces ranging from Chopin Scherzo No. 1 and Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Jest of Vienna) Op. 26. (Highlights from this performance will be available soon.)
The European tour concluded with Welch's debut appearance in France - on this occasion at the American Cathedral in Paris on October 7. The audience was a delightful mix of local concert-goers as well as internationals from around the world. It was the perfect event to cap off the trip, which also represents the completion of the 2019 concert schedule, with building anticipation for the new album set to announce its release date shortly!