James Welch Organist

Welch-Hancock Duo

Russell Hancock and James Welch
The Welch-Hancock Duo has been performing literature for multiple keyboards since 1994, delighting audiences with an intriguing repertoire that spans the centuries.

Representative Works

Classical Repertoire
  • Pedro Jose Blanco, Secondo Concierto
  • Joseph Clokey, Symphonic Piece
  • Clifford Demarest, Fantaisie; Grand Aria; Rhapsody
  • Marcel Dupre, Ballade
  • Cesar Franck, Prelude, Fugue and Variation
  • Edwin Grasse, Festival Overture
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Scherzo
  • Padre Antonio Soler, Six Concerti
  • Charles Widor, Six Duos
Contemporary Works
  • Charles Callahan, Evensong; Ragtime; Simple Gifts
  • Emma Lou Diemer, Suite Sunday
  • Dale Wood, Prelude and Jubilee
Transcriptions and Arrangements
  • Bach, Brandenburg Concerti; Siciliano
  • Faure, Sicilienne
  • Handel, Siciliana and Presto
  • Haydn, The Heavens are Telling
  • Mozart-Grieg, Sonata in C
  • Vivaldi/Bach, Concerto in A minor
  • Gordon Young, Prelude in Classic Style
Seasonal and Novelty Repertoire
  • Fourth of July: Stars and Stripes, Battle Hymn, America
  • Halloween: Phantom of the Opera, Montagues and Capulets
  • Christmas: Sleigh Ride, March of the Toys
  • General: Dizzy Fingers, Canadian Capers

The Artists

James Welch is University Organist at Santa Clara University, where he joined the music faculty in January 1993. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from Stanford University, where he served as Assistant University Organist. Previously he was University Organist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Welch's worldwide appearances include concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His recordings, made on a variety of American and European organs, are heard frequently on Public Radio International. With his sure command of so many styles, critics in the United States and abroad have praised his technical facility, superb musicianship, and creative programming.

Russell Hancock was a stage performer at the age of eight, when he performed with the USO at army bases and hospitals during the Vietnam War. His debut as a concert artist came at the age of 11, as a soloist with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Subsequent performances brought him to the attention of Hungarian pianist Andros Szentkiralyi, who sponsored Hancock in performances of the great concerto masterworks with symphony orchestras in the greater Seattle area.

A graduate of Harvard, Dr. Hancock was awarded a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, where he holds an appointment in the Public Policy Program. His concert career continues with performances throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Taipei (Kuang-Jen Conservatory), Tapachula Mexico (Centro de Estaca), and Cambridge (Pforzheimer House). His most concerto appearances include the Saratoga Symphony (Mozart), the Redwood Symphony (Michael Daugherty's 1996 Le Tombeau de Liberace), the Ohlone Chamber Orchestra (Mozart), and the Orchestra at Temple Hill (Grieg, Tschaikovsky, Rachmaninoff).

Russell Hancock and James Welch
Booking Information

The Welch-Hancock Duo
3330 St. Michael Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 856-9700

Russell Hancock and James Welch