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The fluency and apparently effortless virtuosity of this extraordinary musician…was spellbinding.
- The Guardian
At the forefront of a new generation of wind soloists, Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at the age of 21 and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes. In 2010 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.
An ambassador for the flute with a ferocious appetite for repertoire, Adam’s interests range from the less well-known French Baroque through to newly commissioned works. In 2011 he gave the world premiere of Brett Dean’s The Siduri Dances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in 2013 Marin Alsop invited him to give the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival. The London Symphony Orchestra and BBT jointly commissioned Huw Watkins to write a flute concerto which Adam premiered in February 2014 under Daniel Harding.
As a soloist Adam performs with the major UK orchestras including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Southbank Centre’s ‘The Rest is Noise’ Festival and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and is a regular visitor to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Further afield he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Solistes Européens, Luxembourg and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Recital highlights include LSO St. Luke’s, City of London Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Musée du Louvre, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele and the Utrecht, West Cork and Moritzburg Chamber Music Festivals. He appears regularly at Wigmore Hall where he has recently worked with Brett Dean, pianists Angela Hewitt and James Baillieu, guitarist Morgan Szymanski and singers Bernarda Fink and Karina Gauvin.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include a return to the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he will perform Saariaho’s L’aile du songe under the baton of Han-Na Chang. Adam also continues his relationship with the BBC Philharmonic with performances in Hanley and Salford and explores repertoire by CPE and JS Bach with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Recital engagements see Adam continuing his partnership with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani with performances in Manchester and at the Two Moors Festival as well as taking part in a Ravel celebration at De Singel in Antwerp and returning to the Wigmore Hall in collaboration with Ailish Tynan, James Baillieu and Alasdair Tait.
Adam’s first CD was released in 2013 on the ROH Opus Arte Label; “Vocalise” takes inspiration from song and includes works by Poulenc, Messiaen, Bartok, Barber and Schubert. The Gramophone review recognized Adam as “a superb player [with] much delicacy of nuance in his phrasing [and] stunning virtuosity”. His recording of the Kevin Puts Flute Concerto with Marin Alsop and the Peabody Institute is scheduled for release on Naxos in 2016.
Born in 1987, Adam Walker studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Gitte Sorensen and the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox graduating with distinction in 2009 and winning the HRH Princess Alice Prize for exemplary studentship. In 2004 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition and in 2007 was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).