PROFESSOR GREGORY T.S. WALKER
Since his critically-acclaimed 2009 Philadelphia Orchestra debut, praised by the American Record Guide as a performance of “precision and rapturous immediacy,” violinist Gregory Walker has gained international recognition for his "beautifully calibrated phrasing," “ravishingly beautiful” tone, and the “sheer virtuoso force” of his delivery. While developing unique collaborations with the Poland's Filharmonia Sudecka and the Encuentro Musical de los Americas in Havana, Cuba, as well as the Colorado Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, Ft. Collins Symphony, Yaquina Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, he has appeared at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras, and at the U.S. Library of Congress.
An American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowship-winning composer, University of Colorado Denver professor, and guitar hero profiled in Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine, Walker is featured in the internationally-distributed 2012 Chuck Fryberger documentary, Song of the Untouchable. Also an official NS Design and Zeta electric violin artist, his discography includes critically-acclaimed releases from the Newport Classic, CRI, Orion, and Leonarda record labels. He has performed with pop star Lyle Lovett and, as concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, appeared with Mstislav Rostropovich and Itzhak Perlman, as well as Doc Severinsen and the Marcus Roberts Trio.
Walker has been featured on National Public Radio, in Strings magazine, and on the cover of the April 2007 International Musician. Praised as an “excellent soloist” by the New York Times, he recorded the world-premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker’s Violin Concerto in Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia for Albany Records in 2010. Equally comfortable with conversational solo recitals or the interactive educational presentations he developed for Young Audiences, Inc., Up Close and Musical, and the Chicago Sinfonietta, Dr. Walker brings his unique perspective to a range of courses including Applied Violin, Applied Viola, Chamber Ensemble, Introduction to Teaching Private Music Lessons, the Real History of Rock and Roll, and Music Appreciation.