Monday, June 27, 2016

Classical Composer, Pianist & Professor George Walker Was Born in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 1922; A Precocious Student, He has become a Prolific Recording Artist

The late Dominique-René de Lerma, whose final teaching position was at Lawrence University Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin, was a major source of research for this website's page on George Walker.  Prof. De Lerma tells us that when George Walker was 14 years old, he gave his first public performance on the piano at Howard University, 

Prof. De Lerma relates Walker's studies at Oberlin College were made possible by a scholarship, which allowed him to enroll at age 15 in 1937.   George Walker received his Bachelor of Music Degree at age 18, "leading his Conservatory class in honors, 1941."          

Prof De Lerma notes Walker went on to study piano and chamber music at the Curtis Institute: "He graduated from the Curtis Institute with Artist Diplomas in piano and composition in 1945,  becoming the first black graduate of this renowned music school."

The website's full page on George Walker is found at:


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