P. Kellach Waddle

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P. Kellach Waddle begins his 30th year as a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra with the 2022-23 season. He is also is an extremely active and lauded composer, soloist, and conductor. His composition opus numbers have just passed the 750 mark and his accolades include: an Austin Critics’ Table Award (for his String Quartet #2 commissioned by The Miro Quartet) , three nominations as possible finalist for The Pulitzer Prize, four nominations as State of Texas Musician of The Year, nine nominations as a semifinalist and one as a finalist for The American Prize. Quotes about his music and output include: “…with all of these luxurious harmonies and melodies, ( Waddle) may be the American Rachmaninoff ” and “…the sheer volume of wonderfully effective music he composes… borders on the inhuman.”

As a soloist, citations include:  after one of his many ISB convention performances) ISB convention officials stated ” (Waddle) is obviously now one of the most creatively thrilling solo bassists in the world!”

His busy guest conducting schedule has taken him to venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and he also served as director of The Austin Philharmonic for 2 1/2 seasons.

Recordings/videos of his performances can be found at