Cellist, Jeremiah Welch has performed and recorded with several orchestras including the University of Tennessee’s Symphony Orchestra, Studio Orchestra, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He posses a Bachelor of Music degree in string performance from The University of Tennessee, is a registered Suzuki Cello instructor and has been teaching cello since 2013.
Jeremiah began his study of cello at the age of thirteen after an intriguing introducing to stringed instruments at the Vine Middle Magnet School of Performing Arts. A quick study, Jeremiah innately grasped many musical concepts and by high school he was an active member of the Austin-East Chamber players and the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Practically self-taught, it wasn’t until his senior year in high school that Jeremiah began taking private lessons with Dr. Wesley Baldwin, associate professor of cello at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. And, It was at The University of Tennessee that Jeremiah began traditional studies of cello under Dr. Wesley Baldwin. Lessons with Baldwin proved challenging for Jeremiah as he begin to understand the art of music from a professional perspective.
Throughout his college career Jeremiah struggled with his identity as a classical musician. In one lesson Baldwin suggested, “To whom much is given, much is required”. At this Jeremiah thought back to what made him most excited about cello, recalling all those late nights he spent listening to cello concerto recordings on a CD that Dr. Baldwin mixed for him.
Realizing that concerti made him most happy, Jeremiah focused his energy on becoming a virtuoso. “Aspiring to be a soloist wasn’t an easy thing to admit to. My background was much different than those cellist who surrounded me”. Still, Jeremiah committed himself to practice at least six hours a day. Along with his affiliation with Dr. Wesley Baldwin, Jeremiah has taken instruction from Aria Academy’s Mihai Tetel and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov.
Jeremiah has taught cello at the Joy of Music School and Community School for the Arts in Knoxville, Tn. He has also taught at the Teen Arts Performance (TAP) camp of Washington D.C., and has performed in notable halls such as the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tn and John F. Kenny Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Jeremiah’s latest repertoire includes: Saints-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, J.C. Bach Cello Concerto in C Minor, and select works from J.S. Bach, Alfredo Catalani, Antonin Dvorak, Gabriel Faure and Malos Nobre.