About Alexander

Alexander Walker has pursued a unique path, championing the music he loves, conducting pioneering performances world-wide. He has contributed to the rediscovery and re-evaluation of several significant composers with his innovative discography. Alexander is a recipient of the Elgar Medal.

In the UK, he has conducted the BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, the New Queens Hall Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting them both in the recording studio and the concert hall, including the Elgar Birthday concert in Malvern. His recordings of the music of Ignatz Waghalter and Havergal Brian on the Naxos label have been greeted with critical and popular acclaim.

He regularly conducts the George Enescu Philharmonic, Bucharest, and until recently regularly worked with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, Symphony Orchestra New Russia (Music Director: Yuri Bashmet), and the Russian Philharmonic.

He has worked at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducting performances of The Nutcracker there, as well as touring with the Royal Ballet to the USA, Russia and the far East. He has been Music Director for Ballet productions for the Finnish and Norwegian National Operas. Alexander has a love of opera, working for Opera North, Grange Park Opera and English Touring Opera. He conducted Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Istanbul State Opera, the first ever Turkish production of one of the composer’s operas.

Alexander is a professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and teaches conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts the Junior Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestras.

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Walker is a superb Brian conductor. He understands the very “British” nature and quality of this music and, moreover, phrases everything with the utmost care and an exquisite sense of legato without sacrificing clarity. Along with his wonderful sense of legato one hears very fine textural clarity without sounding overly fussy.