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Adam Walker


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. He has given world premieres of Brett Dean’s The Siduri Dances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (2011), Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto at the invitation of Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival (2013) and Huw Watkins’ Flute Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding, commissioned jointly by the LSO and BBT (2014).

As a soloist Adam regularly performs with the major UK orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony, Hallé, Bournemouth 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, Grant Park Festival, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Seoul Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Solistes Européens, Luxembourg and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

A committed chamber musician with a curious and creative approach to repertoire and programming, 2018 saw the launch of Adam’s latest chamber music project; the Orsino Ensemble at the Aldeburgh Festival. Under Adam’s leadership as Artistic Director, the ensemble focuses on the five outstanding wind players including Nicholas Daniel, Amy Harman and Matthew Hunt, who are at its core with a mission to showcase the depth and versatility of the wind chamber repertoire. Recital highlights over recent seasons have included LSO St. Luke’s, De Singel, Newbury Spring Festival, Musée du Louvre, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele and the Utrecht, West Cork, Delft and Moritzburg Chamber Music Festivals. Adam appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where he has recently worked with Brett Dean, pianists Cédric Tiberghien, Angela Hewitt and James Baillieu, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and singers Ailish Tynan and Karina Gauvin.

The 2018/19 season sees Adam take up his place on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious “CMS Two” programme, as part of which he will undertake various engagements with the Society across the 2018 – 2020 seasons. Projects this year include a tour of the Brandenburg Concertos featuring performances in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Other highlights include four appearances at Wigmore Hall, where he collaborates with artists including Tabea Zimmerman, Agnès Clément, Sean Shibe, Clara Mouritz and James Newby. Elsewhere in Europe he makes his debut at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie with Pierre Laurent Aimard and Tabea Zimmerman, whilst other highlights include the Musée du Louvre and Musée de Grenoble. Festival appearances include the Roman River, Oxford Lieder, Newbury Spring and Chipping Campden Festivals, whilst further afield he takes part in the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney. Concerto highlights include his Finnish debut performing Nielsen with the Tampere Philharmonic under the baton of Michael Francis.

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 was released on Naxos in 2016 and 2018 sees the release of the Huw Watkins Concerto with the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth on NMC.

Born in 1987, Adam Walker studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Gitte Sorensen and at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox graduating with distinction in 2009 and winning the HRH Princess Alice Prize for exemplary studentship. He was appointed professor at the Royal College of Music in 2017.

Last updated: Jul 2019