Young Steinway Artist, Tal Walker is an Israeli-Belgian pianist based in London. He is currently pursuing his PhD in musicology and piano performance at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded the RCM Doctoral Bursary. His research focuses on French piano Préludes written in the early 20th century and their performance practice. Tal's research is supervised by Professor Richard Langham Smith and Dr Christina Guillaumier.
In 2017 Tal won the bronze medal at the 18th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Poland, Italy, and Belgium and was invited to perform in international music festivals and artists' residencies. In 2019 Tal was awarded a scholarship to perform and record pieces by Ravel and Debussy at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity in Canada. Tal has performed on various international stages including Salle Cortot in Paris, Steinway Hall in London, and the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp.
Tal Walker has completed his BMus at the Maastricht Academy of Music (the Netherlands) and his MA in Music at the Royal Music Academy of Antwerp (Belgium). Tal has also studied in Paris at the École normale de musique de Paris - Alfred Cortot and completed the Académie de musique française where he specialised in the French repertoire. He is the founder and the artistic director of Monsieur Croche concert series where he performs a large repertoire of French music. Tal’s debut album Fauré, Poulenc, Messiaen – Préludes & Nocturnes has been praised by critics and editors of magazines and radio stations such as International Piano Magazine and France Musique.
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