Bradlee Hedrick

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Bradlee Hedrick is an accomplished pianist who entertains audiences nationwide. The inspirations during his youth - an appearance by Victor Borge on The Big Show, a piano recital on an episode of Fantasy Island, and virtuosic piano recordings galvanized Bradlee's interest in the grand, mysterious instrument. Bradlee "at the Piano" performs all-original arrangements of inspirational and popular songs, motion picture & Broadway themes, and original improvisations, with an alacrity that may only be experienced live.
As a teenager, he sprung into the recording industry by distributing "homemade" duplications of his own cassettes, and later was steered into major markets under the guidance of Ann Martin of Charleston, SC. Now with ten releases on an independent label out of Southern California (formerly called "Parliament Records"), and three of South Korea's best selling piano albums on Light House (Records) in Seoul, which also are being released in Japan.

Sometimes, other artists give him the opportunity to work with them, one of who, George Skaroulis, accrued international distribution, further releasing self-recorded works that topped the charts at record stores in Atlanta, spawning accoladed reviews by publications such as Billboard Magazine.

At the Broward Center For The Performing Arts in South Florida, Bradlee has twice headlined with Top 100 Billboard Charting Vocalist Nicole Henry and Richard Warren Rappaport. Through the National Association of Campus Stores, Bradlee has opened for Jamie Lee Curtis and Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary).

Having been born and raised predominantly in the then British Colony of Hong Kong, the European and passionate Asian influences are felt in Hedrick's delivery. Currently out of Miami Beach, this progressive concert pianist is active in The Recording Academy (NARAS, The GRAMMY Organization). His honors include being one of five National Finalists in the Virginia Beach Pops Concerto Competition, and Third Place nationally in the National Federation of Music Clubs. His education consists of a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance as a student of the renowned Laurence Morton, and an incompleted Masters Degree. Morton, who once was voted one of ten top piano professors of U.S. colleges & conservatories, passed into eternity in 2002. Bradlee viewed him as a selfless mentor, always nurturing and respecting his students' distinctive artistic character, and spiritual location. Bradlee admires his parents (who hail from Julian, & Bluefield, West Virginia)for pursuing teachers which made lessons fun; primarily Jule Isabelle Rotta (Bell Studios), a dynamic pianistic, and morale vitalizing influence during his high school years in Oberlin, Ohio. Jule also encouraged his parents in their budget for the purchase of a restored baby grand, something that was most thrilling for the boy. Later, through the coordination of Laurence Morton, Bradlee was delighted to gain limited, but poignantly pivotal coaching at the National Music Camp of Interlochen, Michigan from Polish Composer Andje Dutkeiwicz, and Artur Papazian - a mesmerizing luminary, dubbed "Monster Pianist" by The Washington Post as one of Carnegie Hall's leading, full-house performers, and a Bronze Medalist of The Chopin International Competition. Additional instruction in arranging & composition was received from Rebecca Bonham and Duane Ream.

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