Dr. Gregory Walker
Since his critically-acclaimed 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 Poland’s Filharmonia Sudeka and the Encuentro Musical de los Americas in Havana, Cuba as well as the Colorado Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Brekenridge Festival Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Yaquina Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, he has appeared at the Spleto Festival in Italy, the Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras, and at the Library of Congress.
An American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowship-winning composer, University of Colorado Denver professor, and sometime guitar hero profiled in Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Dr. Walker’s eclectric, electric charisma is displayed in the Chuck Fryberger documentary, Song of the Untouchable. His discography includes critically-acclaimed releases from the Newport Classic, CRI, and Loenarda record labels. He has performed with pop star Lyle Lovett and, as past concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, appeared with Mstislav Rostropovich and Itzhak Perlman as well as Doc Severinson and the Marcus Roberts Trio.
Walker has been featured on National Public Radio, in Strings magazine, and on the cover of International Magazine. 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. 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, Gregory Walker is committed to bringing the art of the virtuoso to a 21st Century audience.