P. Kellach Waddle
P. Kellach Waddle enjoys a widely lauded career as a solo bassist, composer, chamber musician, orchestra musician, conductor, and concert director. His music has been performed over 700 times in nearly 40 states and in 10 foreign countries. With over 40 premieres scheduled for the calendar year 2011 alone (ranging from solo works to chamber works to pieces for full orchestra and now over 370 works composed as of Fall 2011), Waddle continues to maintain his position as one of the most prolific and performed composers of his generation. He has been called “… an amazing, incredible virtuoso…” by famed Austin radio personality John Aielli; and after his ovation-garnering solo concert at the 2009 International Society of Bassists Symposium, convention officials declared “… (Waddle) is now obviously one of the great solo bassists of the world.”
Waddle has continued to achieve a lifetime goal of following in the footsteps of such composers at Paul Hindemith and Lars-Erik Larsson by writing a concerto, sonata or major chamber music part for every single standard orchestral instrument except for Timpani. Waddle has been a member of numerous professional and festival orchestras including his current position with The Austin Symphony, which he has held since 1992. He has been nominated three times as a possible finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in Music and twice nominated for State of Texas Musician of The Year. He also serves as the “part-time Bach” in his position as Composer/Artist in Residence at Ascension Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Waddle’s music has been published exclusively by TfV Inc. of Concord, Massachusetts and Wyatt Brand of Austin, Texas manages his publicity. Both of these companies are proud to be commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Waddle’s first published words during the 2011-12 season. Reviews of Waddle’s playing in recent solo concerts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia cited his performances as " magnificent", " amazing", " inspiring" and "creatively thrilling." The March 2011 premiere of his orchestral work "A Walk Through The Vampire’s Garden" in Maryland was cited as " compelling.. interesting… magnificent and mesmerizing…" paving the way for more orchestral music of Waddle’s being premiered along with his regular plethora of solo and chamber music during the 2011-12 season.