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Adam Walker joins the RCM

Tuesday 18 November 2014


The Royal College of Music (RCM) is delighted to announce the appointment of celebrated flautist Adam Walker who joins as Visiting Professor from January 2015.

Principal flute with the London Symphony Orchestra and named by Classic FM as ‘one of the top 5 international flautists’, Walker’s wealth of experience further enhances the RCM’s acclaimed Woodwind Faculty.

Adam Walker says: 'I'm extremely happy to become a part of the wonderful RCM Woodwind Faculty. I very much enjoyed working with the faculty recently, and am looking forward to building a relationship with the students.'

Simon Channing, Head of Woodwind, says: 'I am delighted that Adam will be joining the Woodwind Faculty at the RCM. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation, a wonderfully charismatic player and teacher. We will never forget the masterclass he gave here last year which combined rare insight and generosity of spirit – the ideal combination for a great teacher.'

Adam completed his studies in 2009, graduating with distinction, having been a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition, and, at 21 years old, was appointed principal flute for the London Symphony Orchestra. He was the winner of the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes, was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.

Adam is a champion of new music and premieres to date include Brett Dean’s The Siduri Dances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (2011), Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival (2013) and, in 2014, a flute concerto by Huw Watkins, commissioned jointly by The London Symphony Orchestra and BBT, conducted by Daniel Harding.

As a soloist Adam Walker has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hallé, Northern Sinfonia and City of Birmingham Symphony to name but a few. Upcoming engagements include a return to the US for performances with the Seattle Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, as well as a debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Mikko Frank. Closer to home he embarks on a new collaboration with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani at the Newbury Spring Festival.

Adam will join his LSO colleague Gareth Davies (co-principal flute at the London Symphony Orchestra), who is already a professor with the RCM’s prestigious Woodwind Faculty. These two appointments further consolidate the reputation of the RCM’s Woodwind Faculty.