Early Music Skills & Interests
Guitar, Lute, Theorbo
Early Music Affiliations
Professional Performer, Teacher
Cameron Welke spends most of his time explaining to well-meaning strangers that the lute is, in fact, quite a different instrument from the flute. He brings a passionate curiosity and a deep creative drive to all manner of historical plucked instruments, which he plays with “expert technical dexterity, consummate phrasing and endearing expressivity“ (Chestnut Hill Local). Past and current engagements include performances with the Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, Early Music City, the Baltimore Baroque Band, Vivi Cantando, and the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. He gave the modern premier of reconstructions of lute duets by Sylvius Leopold Weiss alongside Richard Stone in the fall of 2019, and he explores Renaissance and Baroque song repertoire in his trio Sacred Monsters with soprano Kyle Leigh Carney and multi-instrumentalist Niccolo Seligmann.
Cameron began his musical life as a classical violinist and a rock and jazz guitarist. He holds a B.M. in classical guitar performance from Belmont University, where he studied with Francis Perry and John Pell, and a M.M. in historical performance on lute and theorbo from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Richard Stone.
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