North Kitsap Herald


A big year for Talman Welle

July 29, 2014 · Updated 9:27 AM

Talman Welle with Scott Weer at Olympic College during the Spring Recital of his students in 2010. / Melinda Weer

POULSBO — Olympic College piano professor Talman Welle is joining the faculty of The Music Mansion in Poulsbo.

Welle (TalmanWellePianoStudio.com) is a nationally certified teacher of piano with a master’s in piano performance. He teaches all styles of music to students of all ages.

Welle began his piano study with his mother, the late Martha Thatcher of Bremerton. He graduated magna cum laude from Central Washington University, where he received his bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance. His principal teachers were Tim Strong, Dr. John Salmon, and Dr. Bonalyn Bricker-Smith.

Since 1988, Welle has taught piano and classical piano at Olympic College in Bremerton, and maintains a studio of private students in Seattle, Bremerton, Silverdale and Poulsbo.

An active member of the Kitsap and Seattle chapters of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, he has also chaired the National Guild of Piano Teachers for Kitsap County and is a judge. Many of his students have won scholarships and awards, gone on to major in music at college, or become professional musicians.

As a professional pianist, Welle’s past performances have included Beethoven’s "Concerto No. 4 in G Major" with the Bainbridge Orchestra; Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Bremerton Symphony and Olympic College orchestras; solo recitals of Liszt and Debussy, and two-piano concerts with his mother.

He has also recorded two CDs in association with Dave Schafer Studios Bremerton.

In fall 2001, Welle gave a well-received concert tour of the state, which included concerts at Central Washington University, Washington State University, and the Seattle Art Museum.

In 2009, Welle performed in concert with his colleague, composer and bassist Rick White, at Olympic College. The pair performed original compositions by White, which also featured a solo performance by Welle of Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz No. 1," "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin, and Chopin's "4th Ballade in F minor, op. 52."

In April 2010, Welle performed a solo concert at Sherman Clay Pianos in Seattle featuring Moussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition."

In November 2010, Welle and fellow Seattle pianist Ann Cummings performed a well-received contemporary music program in a series of concerts around Puget Sound. Welle performed Villa-Lobos' notoriously difficult masterpiece, "Rudepoema (1921-26)" and a duet with Cummings featuring Ligeti's "Five Pieces."

In 2011, Welle recorded and released a CD of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," which is available for digital purchase at CDbaby.com.

In 2012, Welle recorded a new work, Piano Sonata, by Bellevue composer, Daniel Carr. Carr is writing a piano solo piece for Welle to premiere and record in 2014; Welle will also perform and record the work of composer David Christie.

In 2014, Welle will join Cummings in the world premiere and recording of a new work by Ken Benshoof of Seattle, “Traveling 5 for two pianos.” They will also perform Bartok's “Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion.”

In April, Welle celebrated his 25th anniversary of teaching piano at Olympic College with a concert series featuring the music of George Gershwin. The final concert was performed in the Admiral Theater in Bremerton; Welle performed “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Olympic College Wind Ensemble.


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