Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gregory Walker: Violin Soloist in ALL Barber Concert of Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Nov. 12 & 13, 2010

[Boulder Chamber Orchestra Presents ALL Barber Nov. 12 & 13. Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville; Barber: Knoxville Summer; Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Gregory Walker, violin; Szilvia Schranz, soprano; Bahman Saless, conductor. http://www.BoulderChamberOrchestra.org]

As we reported on Dec. 15, 2010, Violinist Gregory Walker was violin soloist on one of NPR's top five contemporary classical CDs of the year: George Walker, Great American Orchestral Music, Vol. 2; Gregory Walker, violin; Andrzej Krzyzanowski, solo flute; Sinfonia Varsovia; Ian Hobson, conductor; Albany Records Troy 1178 (2010). Gregory Walker has updated us on some of his recent activities. The first is the ALL Barber Concert of November 12 & 13, 2010:

Faculty Bio
"Gregory Walker, Violinist And Multimedia Guitarist
'...excellent soloist...' The New York Times
Professor Gregory T.S. Walker graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Music and English with Honors before performing solo synthesizer concerts throughout California under the auspices of the U.C. Touring Artist program and obtaining a Masters degree in Computer Music from the University of California at San Diego. He premiered his Concerto No. 1 for Orchestra and Synthesizer with the Oakland Sinfonietta and earned a second Masters in Composition from Mills College, then completed a Doctorate in Musical Composition at the University of Colorado in 1992.
"Since his marathon performance of Bruch’s Kol Nidre, an original arrangement of Ora No Omboko, and his own Bad Rap for Violin and Chamber Orchestra with the Colorado Symphony on a borrowed Stradivarius in 1996, Walker has been featured with American orchestras such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, the Ft. Collins Symphony, the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and abroad at Great Britain’s Lake District Music Festival, Cuba’s Encuentro Musical de los Americas, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

"Concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Walker is equally at home on acoustic and electric instruments having recorded Kaleidoscope: The Music of African American Women with pianist Helen Walker-Hill and appeared with pop star Lyle Lovett. Albums available on CRI, Orion, Leonarda, and Albany labels feature the 'silky violin tone and beautifully calibrated phrasing' described by the Newark Star-Ledger."

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