Flute Masterclass - Sally Walker
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Recital Hall East
Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW
Australian flautist Sally Walker has been hailed as a young master of both the early wooden as well as the silver flute atmospheric, fine musicianship (Hamburger Rundeschau); a godly flexibility and colouring in her most soul-stirring tone formation breathtaking musicality (Die Rheinpfalz); sustained brilliance (Canberra Times). She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust.
She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, former member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel and performed in the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and the London Proms. From 2003 2005 she played full-time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and in the following year was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle. She has been a guest lecturer in Argentina, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.
She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with Pianists Philip Mayers, Ian Munro, Gabriella Pusner; Cellists Steven Isserlis, Rachel Scott and Geoffrey Gartner; Singers Jenny Duck-Chong, Alison Morgan, Christopher Allan and Paul McMahon; Guitarists Anthony Field and Giuseppe Zangari, Haga Duo, Harpsichordist Rosalind Halton, Organist Philip Matthias and Singer/multi-instrumentalist Afro Moses.
Alongside her chamber music activities, Sally devotes herself passionately to both Early and Contemporary Music. She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her. In 2013 she premiered Andrew Fords piece composed for her entitled Once upon a time there were two brothers with the Shanghai String Quartet at the Melbourne Festival. In 2014 she premiered Andrew Chubbs Berceuse. In 2015 she will premiere Elena Kats-Chernins flute concerto for her with the Darwin Symphony conducted by Matthew Wood and later perform it with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Shiell with the support of an Australia Council Fellowship.
Sally has a Bachelor of Music Degree from University of Sydney (studying with Geoffrey Collins) and Artists Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (studying with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht) and the Soloists Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich (studying with Prof. András Adorján). Additionally, she has studied in Montreal with Timothy Hutchins and attended the William Bennett Summer School in the UK.
- Free event, bookings not required