Artist - Adam Walker


Adam Walker


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'In its premiere [Brett Dean Sidori Dances] with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer, the extraordinarily beautiful playing of Adam Walker suggested this young man will be a great exponent of the instrument.'  

The Guardian, Cardiff / BBC NOW Brett Dean Concerto premiere, April 2011

'Flautist Adam Walker is a stunning talent. At 22, he plays with the artistry of a performer of maturer years, and this opening recital of the Gwyl Gregynog festival, given with pianist Huw Watkins, showed what an exciting prospect he represents. It was not simply Walker's display of virtuosity - graceful and apparently effortless - that was astonishing, but his ability to characterise the music so vividly.'  

The Sunday Times City of London Festival July 2010

'Walker, aged 22 and first flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, was so dazzling in his solo performance of a Virtuoso Flamenco Study by one Krzysztof Zgraja that I doubted whether it's possible to play the instrument better.'  

The Guardian Gwyl Gregynog Festival June 2010

'After the interval we were treated to more heady sensuality in a restrained yet wonderfully evocative performance of Debussy's Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune in which Adam Walker's solo flute playing was quite simply superb.'

The Guardian, ASMF / Birmingham Symphony Hall, November 2009

'The Academy players were alert to Perahia's every nuance, with flautist Adam Walker and oboist Christopher Cowie outstanding.' Barbican / LSO and Tortelier, June 2009

'The Poem [Griffes] for flute and piano was exquisitely well played by Adam Walker.'

The Guardian / Andrew Clements, Wigmore Hall, June 2009




Described by Classic FM Magazine as one of the top 5 international flautists, in 2009, at the age of 21 Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Described by Classic FM as one of the top 5 international flautists, in 2009, at the age of 21, Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra and received the ‘Outstanding Young Artist Award’ at the MIDEM Classique Awards in Cannes.  In 2010 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.


As a soloist Adam has appeared with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Konzerthaus, the Solistes Européens at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at the Barbican, Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, and with the Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.  In 2011 he gave the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Concerto The Siduri Dances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in 2013 returns to perform the Otaka Concerto and Bernstein’s Halil.


Engagements during 2013/14 include the premiere of a concerto by Kevin Puts conducted by Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival, and the premiere of a Flute Concerto by Huw Watkins with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding.  In 2013 he returned to Wigmore Hall with pianist James Baillieu and guitarist Morgan Szymanski and released his first CD (Vocalise) on the Opus Arte label.  This autumn he takes part in the George Benjamin and Julian Anderson Days at Wigmore Hall.


Concert appearances include LSO St. Luke’s (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), City of London Festival, Varese (Italy) and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  He appears regularly at Wigmore Hall over the last year collaborating with Brett Dean, pianists Angela Hewitt and James Baillieu and singers Bernarda Fink and Karina Gauvin.  In 2013 he returns as a guest principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 


Born in 1987, Adam Walker studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox graduating with distinction in 2009 and the HRH Princess Alice Prize for exemplary studentship.  In 2004 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition and between 2007-2013 was represented by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).  He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.