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 repertoirethrough 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, Tampere Philharmonic 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 for Adam over recent seasons have included LSO St. Luke’s, De Singel, Newbury Spring Festival, Musée du Louvre, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper and the Utrecht, West Cork, Delft and Moritzburg Chamber Music Festivals. Adam appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where he has recently collaborated with artists including Brett Dean, Tabea Zimmermann, Cédric Tiberghien, Angela Hewitt, Mahan Esfahani, Ailish Tynan and Sean Shibe. 2018 saw Adam take up his place on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Bowers Program, as part of which he will undertake various engagements with the Society across the 2018 – 2020 seasons.
Concerto engagements in the 2019/20 season include performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (c. Blendulff), English Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra (c. New), Orchestre Symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon (c. Blunier) and the English Chamber Orchestra. Recital and chamber music projects take Adam to the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Lammermuir Festival, West Wicklow Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.
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, whilst 2018 saw 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.
Adam Walker embarks on a Scottish tour with Scottish Chamber Orchestra this week (12 – 15 September) performing Nielsen Flute Concerto and Brett Dean’s Siduri Dances. The last concert is at the Lammermuir festival, where Adam then stays on for recitals with Christopher Glynn and Sean Shibe (17 and 19 September)
We are very excited to announce that three of our artists have been shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019:
The Doric String Quartet’s Britten and Purcell (chamber music); Adam Walker’s performance of Huw Watkins’ Flute Concerto (contemporary); Steven Osborne’s outstanding CD of Beethoven Sonatas Nos 30 – 32 (instrumental).
Adam Walker is doing a residency with his Orsino Ensemble at the Ryedale Festival this week
Friday 12 July sees Adam Walker return to the Wigmore Hall for a late night concert with guitarist Sean Shibe, performing a fascinating programme including works by Piazolla, Debussy, Takemitsu and Ravi Shankar.
On 22 June, Adam Walker performs works by Knussen, Debussy, and Joanna Lee alongside the Britten Oboe Quartet at the Aldeburgh Festival in Snape Maltings.
On Monday 15 April Adam Walker performs with Tabea Zimmerman (viola) and Agnes Clement (harp) as part of a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concert at the Wigmore Hall.
Adam Walker performs chamber music in Pars and Grenoble as well as taking part in a weekend of events curated by performance artist Marina Abramović at the Frankfurt Alte Oper.
On 22 February, Walker performs a recital of Widor, Milhaud, Messiaen and Boulez Flute Sonatas with pianist, Alasdair Beatson. This will be recorded and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.