Talman Welle began his piano study with his mother, the late Martha Thatcher of Bremerton. He graduated magna cum laude from Central Washington University where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. His principal teachers were Tim Strong, Dr. John Salmon, and Dr. Bonalyn Bricker-Smith. Since 1988, Welle has taught piano and classical piano at Olympic College, Bremerton and maintains a large successful studio of private students in Seattle, Bremerton, Silverdale and Poulsbo.
A member of the Kitsap and Seattle chapters of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, he has also chaired for the National Guild of Piano Teachers for Kitsap County (a division of the American College of Musicians) and is a judge. Many of his students have won scholarships and awards, gone on to major in music at college, or become professional musicians.
As a professional pianist, Welle’s past performances have included Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in G Major, with the Bainbridge Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Bremerton Symphony and Olympic College orchestras, solo recitals of Liszt and Debussy, and two-piano concerts with Martha Thatcher. He has also recorded two CDs in association with Dave Schafer Studios Bremerton. In the fall of 2001, Welle gave a well-received concert tour of the state, which included concerts at Central Washington University, Washington State University, and the Seattle Art Museum.
In 2009, Welle performed in concert with his colleague composer and bassist Rick White at Olympic College. The pair performed original compositions by White, and Welle additionally presented the following solo pieces: Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, and Chopin's 4th Ballade in F minor, op. 52. In April 2010, Welle performed a showcase concert at Sherman Clay Pianos in Seattle of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
In November of 2010 Talman and fellow Seattle pianist, Ann Cummings, performed a well-received contemporary music program in a series of concerts around Puget Sound. Welle performed Villa-Lobos' notoriously difficult masterpiece, Rudepoema (1921-26) and a duet with Ann Cummings featuring Ligeti's Five Pieces. In 2011, Talman recorded and released a CD of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. In 2012, Talman recorded a new work, Piano Sonata, by Bellevue composer, Daniel Carr. Currently, Mr. Carr is writing a piano solo piece for Talman to premiere and record in 2019.
In 2013 Welle and colleagues Susan Trainer and Mike Stoican presented a concert series that featured the music of George Gershwin. Talman performed four Gershwin songs accompanied by soprano, Michelle Abad "Our Love is Here to Stay" (1938), "The Man I Love" (1924), "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (1937) and "Summertime" (1935), and also a solo rendition of I’ve Got Rhythm (1930). The program culminated with the brilliant 1946 Grace Castagnetta piano solo transcription of the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F (1925), a work rarely performed in this form.
In 2016 Welle performed at Stage 7 Pianos in Kirkland, WA and at the Steinway Gallery in downtown Seattle. His program included Schumann's "Carnaval," Op. 9, and a set of pieces by Cyril Scott including a rare and uncatalogued work, "Introduction and Fugue."
Talman is now looking forward to his 31st year of teaching at Olympic College, 2018 -19, and is thrilled to teach and perform in the new William D. Harvey Theatre located in the College Instruction Center. He looks forward to the next 30 years of teaching and performing at Olympic College. Talman will be premiering a full piano recital of the unknown and brilliant Cyril Scott work, Suite for Piano, op. 75 in the Fall of 2018 at Olympic College and will also be making the first recording of this little-known work.