Frederick Weldy - Bio »
Pianist Frederick Weldy has performed to wide acclaim throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America. The Washington Post praised his “compelling artistry,” while others have described his playing as “sumptuous” (San Francisco Chronicle), “utterly inspired” (San Antonio Express-News), and “sheer elegance” (Kansas City Star). His performances have been broadcast frequently, including National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and he appeared on PBS Television as a prizewinner in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. As a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he appeared at the Phillips Collection in his Washington, D.C. recital debut.
Active as a chamber musician and accompanist, Mr. Weldy has performed at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States, as well as Carnegie, Merkin and Weill Halls in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum, the Seattle Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum, the Villa Medici in Rome, the Opéra Comique in Paris, and the Place des Arts in Montreal. He has collaborated with artists such as Jesseye Norman, Paul Groves, Kurt Ollmann and Lorraine Hunt Lieberman, and with soprano Lauren Wagner he has recorded a CD of American art songs and piano works for Channel Classics Records of Amsterdam, hailed by the Dutch press for the pair’s “effortless artistry.”
Born on a dairy farm in Wakarusa, Indiana, Mr. Weldy received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Charles Fisher, Eugene Bossart, and Martin Katz. He was on the faculties of the Harlem School for the Arts in New York City, the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, and has taught since 1991 at Stanford University.