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 through 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, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham 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, Seoul Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony 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, recital highlights over recent seasons have included LSO St. Luke’s, De Singel, City of London Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Musée du Louvre, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele and the Utrecht, West Cork, Delft and Moritzburg Chamber Music Festivals. Adam appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where he has recently worked with Brett Dean, pianists Angela Hewitt and James Baillieu, guitarist Morgan Szymanski and singers Ailish Tynan and Karina Gauvin. In 2017 Adam was selected to take part in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious “CMS Two” programme for the 2018 – 2020 seasons, an opportunity that will allow him to continue to expand his chamber music horizons in new and exciting directions.
UK Concerto highlights of the 2017/18 season include Bernstein’s Halil with the London Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the Barbican as well as Bach with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He also returns to the USA to perform Nielsen and Griffes at the Grant Park Festival under Carlos Kalmar and makes his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico performing Bernstein under Andrés Salado. As a recitalist and chamber musician Adam continues to expand his range of partners and repertoire with new and exciting collaborations including a duo partnership with Cedric Tiberghien, with whom he returns to the Wigmore Hall. 2018 also sees the launch of his 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 at its core with a mission to showcase the depth and versatility of the wind chamber repertoire.
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 and future releases include 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 the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Cox graduating with distinction in 2009 and winning the HRH Princess Alice Prize for exemplary studentship. In 2004 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition and in 2007 was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Adam is visiting professor at the Royal College of Music.